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. Scott  
Date: December 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2405

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court accepting Defendant’s unconditional plea of guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering and sentencing Defendant to 135 months of imprisonment. On...

United States v. Scott  
Date: December 8, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1434, 16-1561

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court accepting Defendant’s plea of guilty to wire fraud charges and sentencing Defendant to forty-one months’ imprisonment. This sentence meant that Defendant woul...

Jonson v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.  
Date: December 8, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1257

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s complaint against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation challenging its decision to terminate his employment for lack of subject ma...

Town of Westport v. Monsanto Co.  
Date: December 8, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1461

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in this action filed by the Town of Westport against Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc., and Pharmacia Corporation alleging that Phamacia was liable...

United States v. Marte-De La Cruz  
Date: December 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2152

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed Appellant’s appeal of his conviction for attempted illegal reentry into the United States following removal subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony and sentence to thirty-three mon...

Thomas G. Gallagher, Inc. v. Acosta  
Date: December 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2268

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Thomas G. Gallagher, Inc.’s petition for review challenging a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission that affirmed a fine levied against Gallagher, a Massachusetts-ba...

Cherkaoui v. City of Quincy, Massachusetts  
Date: December 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2304

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the City of Quincy, Massachusetts, the former employer of Plaintiff, on Plaintiff’s federal and pendent state claims of employment dis...

Evans v. United States  
Date: December 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2423

Justia Opinion Summary: The federal government’s sovereign immunity, as exemplified by the discretionary function exception, pretermitted Appellant’s effort to recover damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for the loss of twenty-five...

Development Specialists, Inc. v. Kaplan  
Date: December 4, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1489

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment affirming the bankruptcy court’s ruling that the largely debt-financed purchase of a family-owned leather manufacturer was not a fraudulent conveyance and was not...

Best Auto Repair Shop, Inc. v. Universal Insurance Group
Date: November 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1549
Allco Renewable Energy, Ltd. v. MA Electric Co
Date: November 29, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1296
United States v. Goris  
Date: November 27, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment entered by the trial court convicting Defendant of attempting to possess 500 grams or more of cocaine with intent to distribute. On appeal, Defendant argued that the district court...

US v. Levin
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1567
Maldonado-Catala v. Municipality of Naranjito  
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1637

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for Defendants in this action filed by Plaintiff claiming that Defendants discriminated against her based on her gender and sexual p...

US v. Concepcion-Montijo
Date: November 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1666