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United States v. Adorno-Molina
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 13-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was involved in a wide-ranging drug trafficking organization. After a trial, in which she was tried alone, Appellant was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and...

Ira Green, Inc. v. Military Sales & Serv. Co.
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 14-1178

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned a commercial dispute between business rivals. Ira Green, Inc. (Green) sued Military Sales & Service Co. (MilSal) in federal district court, alleging tortious interference and defamation. After an ei...

Equal Employment Opportunity Comm’n v. Kohl's Dep’t Stores, Inc.
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 14-1268

Justia Opinion Summary: Pamela Manning, who suffers from type I diabetes, resigned from her employment at Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. after Kohl’s refused to grant her request for a steady work schedule. The Equal Employment Opportunity Comm...

Guerra-Delgado v. Banco Popular de P.R.
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 13-2065

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Appellant began working for Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (BPPR). After Appellant retired in 2009, BPPR made a final calculation of Appellant’s pension, which yielded monthly payments significantly lower than ear...

Winfield v. O'Brien
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 13-2438

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in Massachusetts state court, Petitioner was convicted of assaulting and raping a two-year-old child and sentenced to life imprisonment. Petitioner’s application for further appellate review was denied...

Ruksznis v. Argonaut Ins. Co.
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 13-2474

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a former plumbing inspector for the Town of Sangerville, sued a Town Selectman, asserting claims of common law slander and violations of his constitutional right to due process. The claims stemmed from the Sel...

Kosilek v. Spencer
Date: December 16, 2014
Docket Number: 12-2194

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was an anatomically male prisoner in her mid-sixties who suffered from gender identity disorder and self-identified as a female. Plaintiff, who was incarcerated in a medium security male prison in Massachusetts...

Connor B. v. Patrick
Date: December 15, 2014
Docket Number: 13-2467

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants in this case were the Governor of Massachusetts, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). Six chi...

United States v. McCormick
Date: December 10, 2014
Docket Number: 13-2504

Castagnaro v. Bank of New York Mellon
Date: December 10, 2014
Docket Number: 14-1195

Hunt v. Massi
Date: December 10, 2014
Docket Number: 14-1379

Justia Opinion Summary: A district court issued an arrest warrant for Brian Hunt for failing to pay a fine. Hunt had actually paid the fine, but the payment wasn’t recorded. Four police officers served the warrant at the home of Hunt and his wi...

Rossetti v. United States
Date: December 9, 2014
Docket Number: 12-1451

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted on federal criminal charges of conspiracy and attempt to affect commerce by robbery, among other charges. The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s sentence and remanded for resent...

United States v. Davis
Date: December 9, 2014
Docket Number: 13-2292

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of two firearms, reserving the right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress. The district court subsequently sentenced Defendant as an...

S. Kingstown Sch. Comm. v. Joanna S.
Date: December 9, 2014
Docket Number: 14-1177

Justia Opinion Summary: South Kingstown School Committee (Committee) runs one of Rhode Island’s public school districts. Rhode Island has accepted federal funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Appellant, the moth...

United States v. Trinidad-Acosta
Date: December 5, 2014
Docket Numbers: 13-1830, 13-2056

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Manuel Trinidad-Acosta and Ed Cogswell were involved in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, or crack cocaine. A grand jury indicted Defendants on one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to dist...