First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit was established in 1891 has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

It is the smallest of the thirteen federal appeals courts.

Browse Opinions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Sai v. Transportation Security Administration  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2526

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against the Transportation Security Administration and other defendants alleging violations of federal statutes prohibiting discriminatory treatment of disabled persons. The statutory scheme a...

Sanders v. Phoenix Insurance Co.  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2539

Justia Opinion Summary: The Phoenix Insurance Company refused to defend and/or indemnify its named insured, an attorney referred to as “John Doe,” against claims advanced by Harry Sanders. Suing in his capacity as executor of the estate of Nanc...

Hynes, Jr. v. Commissioner of IRS
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1336
United States v. Cardona-Vicenty  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiring to distribute narcotics near three public housing projects and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense. Defendant was appointed new counsel for sentencing p...

Bradley v. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1491
United States v. Fleury  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1869

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Defendant filed a motion to suppress a pistol and ammunition found after a search conducted at his house, arguing that the...

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v. Gardner  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2068

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of New Hampshire requires that political parties seeking to have their nominees listed on statewide election ballots demonstrate that one of its candidates received at least four percent of the statewide vote f...

Law Offices of David Efron, PC v. Candelario  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1010

Justia Opinion Summary: David Efron and Madeleine Candelario were involved in a divorce proceeding and a pending marital property division proceeding before the superior court of Puerto Rico. In the divorce proceeding, the superior court ordere...

United States v. Tavares  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2319

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court imposed an eighty-four-month prison term. Defendant appealed, challenging both his conviction and his sentence....

Parkview Adventist Medical Center v. United States  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1731

Justia Opinion Summary: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) terminated its Provider Agreement with Parkview Adventist Medical Center after finding that Parkview was no longer a “hospital” under the Medicare statute. Parkview, whi...

Bradley v. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: November 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a drop in the share price of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., investors filed suit against the corporation and four corporate officers (collectively, ARIAD). Plaintiffs alleged securities fraud in violation of the...

Igartua v. Obama  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1336

Justia Opinion Summary: On the fifth time before the First Circuit, Plaintiff, a United States citizen-resident of Puerto Rico, and his fellow plaintiffs challenged the denial of the right of Puerto Rico citizens to vote for representatives to...

Santos-Santos v. Torres-Centeno  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1782

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), filed an employment discrimination claim against the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the PRPD, and several of her coworkers, alleging violations of variou...

Tutor Perini Corporation v. Banc of America Securities LLC
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1945
United States v. Hurley  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2541

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute, controlled substances. The presentence report attributed 1,451.7 kilograms of synthetic cannabinoid product to Defendant, a...