First Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the US 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 US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Corban v. Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2135, 16-1658
US v. Belin
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2192
US v. Kifwa
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1766
United States v. Delgado-Perez  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress certain evidence, including a loaded firearm found when law enforcement searched Defendant’s home. Defendant pleaded guilty to bei...

De Lima v. Sessions  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2453

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit upheld the finding of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that Petitioner was eligible for removal because third-degree larceny under Connecticut law is an aggravated felony. Removal proceedings were...

United States v. Ubiles-Rosario  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1493

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of one count of carjacking by shooting and killing the victim and sentencing him to 365 months of imprisonment. Defendant pled guilty to...

Grant v. Berryhill
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2188
Brenner v. Williams-Sonoma, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2313

Justia Opinion Summary: Ronald Brenner sought to amend his late wife’s putative class action complaint in order to name himself as lead plaintiff. Jacqueline Brenner filed the complaint against Williams-Sonoma, Inc., alleging that the company’s...

US v. Ramos-Diaz
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2466
United States v. Olson  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1437

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence of sixty months in prison and the restitution schedule set by the district court. After Defendant pled guilty to tax fraud, the district court sentenced Defendant to the hi...

United States v. Buffis  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1681

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of extortion under color of official right. Defendant was the former chief of police of the town of Lee, Massachusetts. The conviction stemm...

United States v. Giggey  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2391

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the method and manner in which synthetic cathinone alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), a drug not listed in the relevant tables incorporated in the sentencing guidelines, is converted in...

United States v. Pagan-Walker  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1166

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence in this criminal case. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to possession of a firearm. The parties stipulated that the government would recommend a sentence...

US v. Bauzo-Santiago
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1280
Congregation Jeshuat Israel v. Congregation Shearith Israel
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1756