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
Ellis v. Fidelity Management Trust Co.  
Date: February 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1693

Justia Opinion Summary: In this certified class action brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the district court correctly concluded that Plaintiffs failed to adduce evidence necessary to proceed to trial. P...

Teixeira v. Town of Coventry
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1049
Valerio-Ramirez v. Sessions  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2272

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, Valerio, a citizen of Costa Rica, entered the U.S. without inspection. She was apprehended and placed in deportation proceedings but failed to appear. Valerio's then-boyfriend purchased her a birth certificate a...

Rosa Pena v. Sessions
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1310
United States v. Ducoudray-Acevedo  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s convictions for tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant and for obstructing the due administration of justice. On appeal, Defendant argued, among other things, that a seri...

United States v. Rasberry  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2465

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress, holding that the seizure of contraband in Defendant’s undershorts did not violate the “plain feel” doctrine. During a pat-down in...

United States v. Colby  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1031

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed in connection with Defendant’s conviction for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The district court sentenced Defendant to ninety-five months imprisonment. In...

Transupport, Inc. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1265

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the Tax Court’s decision upholding the Commissioner’s notice of deficiency against Transupport, Inc. The notice of deficiency reduced Transport’s cost of goods sold, reduced deductions it took...

Rosa Pena v. Sessions  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1310

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit remanded this immigration case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) due to its insufficient explanation of why the least culpable conduct prohibited under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 266, 2 is morally repr...

Mu v. Omni Hotels Management Corp.  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2293

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court’s order granting summary judgment to Appellee Omni Hotels Management Corporation (“Omni”) in this negligence action brought by Appellant Henry Mu. Mu was assaulted by an unid...

Teixeira v. Town of Coventry  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1049

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court that wishes to us the McDonnell Douglas framework, see McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 802-804 (1973), as part of its jury instructions should translate it into everyday parlance and fit it...

Villalta-Martinez v. Sessions  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1201

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner’s applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Ag...

A.C. Castle Construction Co. v. Acosta  
Date: February 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1537

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review of an order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, which declined Petitioner’s petition for review of a decision of the Occupational Safety and...

Dimott v. United States  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2289, 16-2368, 16-2319

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of three federal post-conviction relief petitions filed under 28 U.S.C. 2255, holding that the three petitions were untimely. Petitioners in these consolidated a...

Cooper v. D'Amore  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1442

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for Plaintiffs in this alleging that certain assets should have been distributed to the estate of the decedent in this case, holding that the dist...