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
United States v. Bedini  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2406, 15-2426

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgments convicting and sentencing Tony Bedini and Iskender Kapllani (together, Defendants) for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. On appeal, Defendants argued, inter alia, that they suffer...

Cruz v. Mattis  
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1378

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the Secretary of Defense alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2000e-17 based on his unsuccessful application for two teaching positions at an...

Filler v. Kellett
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1186
United States v. Torres-Figueroa  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1205

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence of sixty months’ imprisonment. After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute cocai...

US v. Dion
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1377
Marroquin-Rivera v. Sessions  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision affirming the Immigration Judge’s (IJ) denial of her application for withholding of removal. Petitioner, a nat...

CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Healey  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2171, 16-2172

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeals arose from a dispute over whether application of the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (MESTL), 2014 Mass. Legit. Serv. ch. 505 (West), to interstate rail carriers that employ workers in Massachusetts is pr...

United States v. Carter  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1844

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of violating Maine’s assault statute. The court of appeals vacated Defendant’s conviction and remanded for further proceedings. On remand, the district court dismissed the indictment. The governme...

United States v. Ortiz-Vega  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1693

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit remanded this case for further proceedings, holding that the district court abused its discretion in failing to rule on the merits of Appellant’s ineffective assistance claim prior to sentencing. Appel...

United States v. Diaz-Concepcion  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1407

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, holding that the district court did not err, much less commit plain error, in accepting Defendant’s...

United States v. Walker-Couvertier  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1261, 15-1267

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendants Abraham Walker-Couvertier (Walker) and Dean Lugo-Diaz (Lugo) were found guilty of numerous drug-related crimes. The trial court sentenced Walker to concurrent 192-month terms of immurement...

Filler v. Kellett  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1186

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose out of the state prosecution of Vladek Filler for five counts of gross sexual assault and two counts of assault. After two trials and two appeals Filler was convicted only of one misdemeanor assault cou...

Autoridad de Energia Electrica v. Vitol, Inc.  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1438, 16-1447

Justia Opinion Summary: The Autoridad de Energia Electrica de Puerto Rico (PREPA) executed six contracts for the delivery of fuel oil. Vitol, Inc. was a party or assignee to the six contracts, each of which included a choice of law and forum se...

United States v. Gonzalez-Rodriguez  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1364

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a straight guilty plea to possession of a machine gun. The district court sentenced Defendant to thirty-three months’ imprisonment in accordance with the government’s recommendation. Defendant appealed...

Santos-Rodriguez v. Seastar Solutions  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2171

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court properly granted summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this design defect and failure to warn action. Bernardino Santos-Rodriguez was riding in a boat when a corroded rod end that was part of the...