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. Kilmartin  
Date: December 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1513

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case convicting Defendant of multiple offenses stemming from his criminal scheme of purportedly sending clients cyanide so they could commit suicide the First Circuit reversed Defendant's conviction as to count 1...

American Trucking Ass'n v. Alviti  
Date: December 5, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1316

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing for want of jurisdiction under the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) this lawsuit asking that the district court enjoin the collection of certain Rhode Isla...

US v. Kanodia
Date: December 2, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1137, 17-1590
Capron v. Massachusetts Attorney General  
Date: December 2, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2140

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting the Attorney General's motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaint alleging that the "Au Pair Program" at issue in this case impliedly preempts Massachus...

Kupperstein v. Schall, Kupperstein v. Executive Office of Health
Date: December 2, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-2248, 18-2249
United States v. Moran  
Date: November 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1876

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for reconsideration of the denial of his motion to suppress certain evidence, holding that the district court erred in determining...

Jordan v. Town of Waldoboro  
Date: November 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2062

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed in part the magistrate judge's grant of summary judgment for Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's civil rights action, holding that the magistrate judge erred by granted summary judgment on th...

Suzuki v. Abiomed, Inc.  
Date: November 27, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1233

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's claims that Defendant terminated his employment to deprive him of a significant equ...

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund  
Date: November 22, 2019
Docket Numbers: 16-1376, 19-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the potential liability of two private equity funds for pension fund withdrawal owed by a company owned by the two funds when the company went bankrupt, the First Circuit reversed the judgment of...

Doe v. Brown University  
Date: November 22, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court entering summary judgment in favor of Brown University on Jane Doe's claims alleging several contract and tort claims arising from the university's sanctions...

United States v. Kanodia  
Date: November 22, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1137, 17-1590

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for insider-trading securities fraud and related conspiracy offenses, holding that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the convictions and that the district court d...

O'Brien v. Town of Bellingham  
Date: November 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1704

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's civil rights suit alleging excessive force claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and Massach...

Arabian Support & Services Co. v. Textron Systems Corp.  
Date: November 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1377

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court entering summary judgment in favor of Textron Systems Corporation (Textron) and dismissing Arabian Support & Services Company's (ASASCO) complaint alleging va...

Doe v. Trustees of Boston College  
Date: November 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1871

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court granting a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Trustees of Boston College (BC) from imposing a suspension of one year on John Doe, a student, who was found...

River Farm Realty Trust v. Farm Family Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: November 19, 2019
Docket Number: 19-1188

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for Insurer and dismissing Insured's complaint alleging breach of contract and violations of Massachusetts General Laws chapters 93A...