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.

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Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Goat Island South Condominium Ass’n v. IDC Clambakes, Inc.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1771, 15-1818

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, the Rhode Island Supreme Court found that title to the Regatta Club in Newport and the parcel of land on which it was constructed belonged to a group of condominium associations. Thereafter, the operator of the...

United States v. Vazquez-Vazquez  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2073

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. In 2015, the district court determined that Defendant had violated the conditions of his supervised release, revoke...

Rodriguez v. United States  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2178

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were a group of current and former federal employees working in non-foreign areas located outside the contiguous United States. In addition to their normal salaries, federal employees working in these areas re...

Faria v. Harleysville Worcester Insurance Co.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1060

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought a lawsuit against their insurance carrier (Defendant), claiming that Defendant had incorrectly denied coverage. The case proceeded to a jury trial. The jury’s unanimous verdict was for Defendant. There...

United States v. Baker  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1415

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant divorced his wife in order to transfer assets fraudulently and avoid some tax liability. The district court set aside the separation agreement as a fraudulent transfer and proceeded to redivide and reallocate c...

Stephanie C. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts HMO Blue, Inc.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1997

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this case pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), seeking reimbursement for certain expenses connected with the treatment of her teenage son. The plan administrator, Blue Cross...

Doe v. Standard Insurance Co.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2085

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff worked at a Maine law firm for more than twenty-five years and, for many years, was an equity partner. In 2012, Plaintiff filed a long term disability (LTD) claim with Defendant Standard Insurance Company, the...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 13-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to drug conspiracy and arson charges. Prior to sentencing, Defendant moved to withdraw his plea, arguing that he did not have the opportunity to personally review certain discovery materials. The di...

US v. Bray
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1579
US v. Bray
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1579
United States v. Cox  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1033

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of bank and wire fraud and unlawful monetary transaction. The trial court imposed a below-Guidelines term of 150 months. The court also entered an order of forfeiture in the...

US v. Molina-Quintero
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1943, 15-1944
US v. Wipp-Kelley
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2038
Walsh v. Zurich American Insurance Comp
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2245
US v. Lasanta-Sanchez
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2549