2017 First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

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
O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1901
Berkshire Environmental Action v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2100
US v. Diaz-Rodriguez
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1307
US v. Diaz-Rodriguez
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1307
United States v. Camacho-Santiago  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2232

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of drug trafficking. The trial judge sentenced Defendant to 360 months’ imprisonment. Defendant appealed, arguing, inter alia, that the evidence was insufficient...

United States v. Dunston  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1812, 15-2000, 15-1999

Justia Opinion Summary: The three defendants in these consolidated appeals pleaded guilty to superseding informations charging them with, as relevant to this appeal, conspiring to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The First Circu...

US v. Deida
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1884
Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Inc. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a proposed project. The certificate was subject to filing of proof that Tenness...

United States v. Diaz-Rodriguez  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1307

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Appellant pled guilty to aiding and abetting others in obstructing commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in such commerce by robbery (count one) and aiding and abetting other...

United States v. Kar  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The district court sentenced Defendant to ninety-three months’ imprisonment and ordered him to p...

Soto v. Brennan
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1523
O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1901

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the delivery drivers for a Maine dairy company fell within the scope of an exemption from Maine’s overtime law. Specifically at issue was an exemption to the overtime law that covers emp...

United States v. Rivera-Izquierdo  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1620

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of money laundering. The district court sentenced Defendant to forty-two months of imprisonment. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) the district court did no...

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc v. Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2113

Justia Opinion Summary: Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary (collectively, Amphastar) and Sandoz Inc. were competitors in the U.S. market for generic enoxaparin, an anticoagulant. Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. served a...

Robb Evans & Associates, LLC v. United States  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2540, 15-2552

Justia Opinion Summary: A court-appointed receiver (the Receiver), acting on behalf of a class of defrauded persons (the underlying plaintiffs), attempted to collect judgments previously rendered against several corporations and their proprieto...

West v. Hoover
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1172
US v. Thompson
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1374
US v. Tavares
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2319
United States v. Rodrigues  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1377

Justia Opinion Summary: In a multiple-count indictment, Defendant was charged with conspiring with twenty-nine others to distribute drugs in several Boston area neighborhoods. In pretrial proceedings, Defendant filed a motion to suppress eviden...

Rodriguez-Lopez v. Triple-S Vida, Inc.  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2413

Justia Opinion Summary: On her last day of work with Mova Pharmaceutical Corporation, Nilda Rodriguez-Lopez (Rodriguez) began experiencing symptoms. Rodriguez was diagnosed with several physical and mental conditions and filed a claim for long-...

United States v. Cheng  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1144

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to six counts of a ten-count indictment, including conspiracy to commit export violations, conspiracy to smuggle goods, and four counts of unlawfully exporting U.S. goods to Iran through the Peop...

Irish v. State of Maine  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2173

Justia Opinion Summary: Brittany Irish and her mother Kimberly Irish brought this 42 U.S.C. 1983 action against ten Maine State Police officers after Brittany’s former boyfriend broke into her parents’ home, fatally shot her boyfriend, shot and...

US v. Eustis
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1850
Ali v. United States  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2027

Justia Opinion Summary: Israa Hassan, a United States citizen, filed an I-130 petition seeking permanent resident status for her noncitizen husband, Kamal Ali. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied the petition based on its d...

United States v. Galatis  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud, and money laundering. Defendant appealed, alleging trial error. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the distric...

United States v. Phillipos  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1716

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted on two counts of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his possible participation in the Boston Marathon bombing. Defendant appealed, challenging, in part, the district court’s...

United States v. Celaya Valenzuela  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1009

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Defendant was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment. Defendant appealed, challenging bot...

United States v. Troisi  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1046

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was convicted of both conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and healthcare fraud. The convictions arose from Defendant’s role in an extensive scheme to defraud Medicare by billing the progr...

United States v. Bray  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of illegal insider trading. The conviction arose from Defendant’s act of receiving material, nonpublic information about a local bank from a fellow member of the Oakley Country...

US v. Irizarry-Colon
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1550
Walsh v. Zurich American Insurance Co.  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2245

Justia Opinion Summary: After James Walsh’s (Plaintiff) employment with Zurich American Insurance Company (Defendant) was terminated, he filed a complaint against Defendant, alleging breach of contract, willful violation of New Hampshire’s wage...

Holder v. Lynch  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1864

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 1990, Petitioner, a lawful permanent resident, committed a felony under California law. At that time, the immigration laws allowed the Attorney General of the United States, if so inclined, to grant Petitioner a w...

United States v. Arias  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1946

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment of sixty-six months. Defendant appealed, rai...

Cortez Cardona v. Yates  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2095

Justia Opinion Summary: After she was charged with removability, Petitioner, a native and citizen of Guatemala, filed an application for asylum and withholding of removal pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. An immigration judge (IJ...

United States v. Delgado-Sanchez  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2262

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced Defendant to an upwardly variant sentence of seventy-two months’ imprisonment followed by a three-y...

United States v. Irizarry-Colon  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying his motion to dismiss the indictment with prejudice based on...

United States v. Taylor  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1764

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to rob a postal worker, assault on a federal employee, and related offenses. The sentencing judge sentenced Defendant to 235 months in prison, plus ten years. Def...

United States v. Roman-Huertas  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2109

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant’s plea agreement recommended a total offense level under the U.S. Sentencing guidelines of seventeen. Defendant objected to the recommended tot...

Mediterranean Shipping Co. v. Best Tire Recycling, Inc.  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2482

Justia Opinion Summary: This dispute arose out of contract for the shipment of used tires from Puerto Rico to Vietnam. Because it arrived late to Vietnam, the shipment accrued port storage charges, demurrage charges, and related administrative...

United States v. Henry  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2487

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) Defendant waived any argument regarding the district court’s denial of his mot...

United States v. Herman  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2001

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy, willful violation of the Investment Advisers Act, wire fraud, and corruptly impeding the administration of internal revenue laws. Defendant was sentenced to eigh...

United States v. Pereira  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1669

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiring to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and aiding and abetting others to posses cocaine with the intent to distribute. Defendant appealed, arguing that he was entitled to a...

United States v. Perez-Diaz  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1977

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to seventy-eight months’ imprisonment and ten years of supervised release. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying h...

In Re: Suarez-Jimenez v.
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-8022
Prime Healthcare Services - Landmark LLC v. United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5067  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned a dispute between employees represented by a Union and their successor employer. The parties agreed to arbitrate this dispute regarding change in the terms of pension provision in a collective barga...

Van Tran v. Roden
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2133
Packgen v. Berry Plastics Corp.  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1348

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Defendants resulting from the failure of material Defendants had supplied to Plaintiff. Specifically, Plaintiff alleged breach of contract, breach of implied and express warranties, and negli...

Alfano v. Lynch  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1914

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a police officer acting under color of state law, took Plaintiff into protective custody, handcuffed him, transported him to a police station, and jailed him after attempting to evaluate whether Defendant was...

United States v. Llanos-Falero  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1070

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, while serving a four-year probation sentence for a robbery, Llanos-Falero conspired to rob Banco Santander de Puerto Rico. His associate drew police away with a bogus 911 call while Llanos-Falero drove two other...

United States v. Nieves-Mercado  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1627

Justia Opinion Summary: Nieves and two other men traveling on a Puerto Rico highway pulled alongside a car stopped at a traffic light. Nieves exited the vehicle, carrying "a long pointed tip object" to the driver's side of the car. He ordered...

Van Tran v. Roden  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2133

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, six men were shot, execution-style, in an illegal gambling club in Boston's Chinatown district; one (Lee) survived. Lee testified that Tran arrived at the club with one of the victims after they had been drinki...

Booker v. Pfizer, Inc.  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1805

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Pfizer, settled claims that it had violated the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729, and entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Months later, Booke...

Swaby v. Yates  
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: Swaby, a citizen of Jamaica, entered the U.S. on a tourist visa in 1996 and adjusted to lawful permanent resident status in 2010. In 2013, Swaby pled nolo contendere in Rhode Island to three counts of manufacturing, del...

United States v. Santini-Santiago  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1605

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced Appellant to thirty-six months’ imprisonment to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. The a...

United States v. Therrien  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1103

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of five counts of drug trafficking and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Appellant was sentenced to a term of sixty-three to seventy-eight m...

M v. Falmouth School Department  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1877

Justia Opinion Summary: O.M. was a student of the Falmouth School Department. O.M.’s mother, Ms. M. argued that her daughter’s individualized education program (IEP) specified that Falmouth would instruct O.M. using a Specialized Program Indivi...

US v. Jean-Baptiste
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2441
United States v. Bramley  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2446

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. After a disposition hearing, the district court sentenced Appellant to a fifty-month term of immurement. Appell...

United States v. Marin-Echeverri  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2187

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to import one or more kilograms of heroin into the United States and to launder the proceeds of that activity. Defendant was sentenced to 262 months in prison. On...

Lopez-Erquicia v. Weyne-Roig  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2278

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Puerto Rico’s Insurance Commissioner (Defendant), claiming that Defendant eliminated her job as a director within the Office of the Insurance Commissioner on account of her political affiliat...

US v. Rivera-Ruperto
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 12-2364
US v. Rivera-Ruperto
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 12-2367
US v. Rivera-Ruperto
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2017
US v. Santiago-Cordero
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2047
US v. Salinas-Acevedo
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2072
United States v. Zimny  
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2144

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of five counts of wire fraud, five counts of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, two counts of filing false tax returns, and one count of bank fraud. Defendant appea...

United States v. Martinez-Armestica  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1674

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to two counts of carjacking. After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and four counts of illegal possession o...

Southcoast Hospitals Group v. NLRB  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2146

Justia Opinion Summary: Southeast Hospitals Group was formed through a merger of three hospitals, one of which had a union workforce. The union’s collective bargaining agreement granted union members a hiring preference when filling union posit...

NLRB v. Southcoast Hospitals Group
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2258
Ortiz-Espinosa v. BBVA Securities of Puerto Rico, Inc.  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1122

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants sought arbitration with BBVA Securities of Puerto Rico, Inc. and one of its securities brokers, asserting several claims under both federal and Puerto Rico law. An arbitration panel issued an award denying App...

US v. Zayas-Rodriguez
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2060
United States v. Rivera-Ruperto  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 12-2364

Justia Opinion Summary: After two trials, Appellant was found guilty of various federal drug and firearms-related crimes for his participation in six “Operation Guard Shack” drug deals orchestrated by the FBI. Each trial was presided over by a...

US v. Rivera-Ruperto
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 12-2367
United States v. Rivera-Ruperto  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 13-2017, 13-2047, 13-2072

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants - Rivera-Ruperto, Salinas-Acevedo, and Santiago-Cardero - were found guilty of various federal drug and firearms-related crimes. Each was sentenced to multiple years of imprisonment. For Rivera-Ruperto, this w...

US v. Santiago-Cordero
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2047
US v. Salinas-Acevedo
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 13-2072
US v. Gonzalez-Miranda
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1329
US v. Nieves-Velez
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1892
US v. Lawrence
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1244
The Do Corporation v. Shastany
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1978
Vendura v. Boxer  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2387

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Vendura was hired by TRW Inc. and became a participant in the TRW Salaried Pension Plan. In 2002, Northrop Grumman Corp. acquired TRW and renamed the company (herein referred to as NGSMC). After NGSMC attempted...

Holloway v. United States  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1402

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured while receiving treatment at a federally funded healthcare facility. Plaintiff later filed an administrative claim with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) using a Standard Form 95 (SF...

Reddy v. Foster  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was New Hampshire Senate Bill 319 (the Act), which was signed into law in 2014. The Act permits a reproductive health care facility to demarcate a zone under certain conditions and forbids members o...

Peaje Investments LLC v. Garcia-Padilla  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2377, 16-2430, 16-2431, 16-2433, 16-2435, 16-2437, 16-2438, 16-2439, 16-2440

Justia Opinion Summary: The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), enacted in 2016 to address Puerto Rico’s financial crisis, provides for a temporary stay of debt-related litigation against the Puerto Rico gov...

Peaje Investments LLC v. Garcia-Padilla
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2430
Assured Guaranty Corporation v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2431
Altair Global Credit v. Garcia-Padilla
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2433
Altair Global Credit v. Garcia-Padilla
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2435
In re: Nexium Antitrust v.
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2005
In re: Nexium Antitrust v.
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2006
In re: Nexium Antitrust v.
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2007
United States v. Cotto-Negron  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1670

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to one count of committing a Hobbs Act robbery. The court sentenced Appellant to a prison term of 120 months. Appellant appealed, arguing that his sentence was procedurally unreasonable - because th...

United States v. Fontanez  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1360

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and three specific-offense counts of distribution of that controlled substance. Appellant was se...

Ganem v. InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp.  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1544

Justia Opinion Summary: After the share price of a corporation’s common stock dropped, investors filed suit against the corporation and its former CEO, alleging securities fraud. The lead plaintiff, on behalf of himself and a putative class of...

United States v. Taylor  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1775

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prior to the sentencing hearing, the government submitted a motion requesting that the district court apply the sentencing enhancement for trafficking in...

Guevara De Vilorio v. Lynch
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1154
Masso-Torrellas v. Municipality of Toa Alta  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1319

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned a dispute relating to contracts for the construction of a municipal transportation terminal on land owned by a municipality (Municipality). Municipality awarded the construction project to OSSAM Const...

Xian Jing v. Lynch  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1290

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native of China, was charged with being removable. Petitioner filed applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The Immigration Judge (IJ) den...

United States v. Stile  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1720

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to robbery of a controlled substance from a pharmacy by use of a dangerous weapon. After conducting a sentencing hearing, the district court sentenced Defendant to 120 months’ imprisonment. Defen...

D'Agostino v. EV3, Inc.
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1126
Belsito Communications, Inc v. Decker
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1130