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
US v. Carpenter
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: 14-1641
US v. Chisholm
Date: October 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1952
United States v. Velazquez-Aponte  
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1965, 17-1966

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions of eleven offenses arising from a three-day carjacking spree, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below. Defendant was convicted of four coun...

Perez-Kudzma v. United States  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2128

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the decision of the district court dismissing for failure to state a claim this suit challenging the federal government's decision not to waive indefinitely the cabotage provision of the Jones A...

United States v. Chisholm  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting and sentencing Defendant of a variety of offenses, including conspiring to possess heroin with intent to distribute and possessing and distributing...

Summers v. City of Fitchburg  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1725

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment for Defendant's and dismissing Plaintiffs' claim that the City of Fitchburg's refusal to exempt four sober houses Plaintiffs operated for recoveri...

Reisman v. Associated Faculties of the University of Maine  
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2201

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint seeking to invalidate a Maine statute that governs collective bargaining between the state's univ...

United States v. Burghardt  
Date: October 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1767

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentence of fifteen years' imprisonment, holding that the district court did not commit plain error convicti...

United States v. Vazquez-Soto  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1879

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of two counts of making false statements and one count of theft of government property, holding that sufficient evidence supported Defend...

Samayoa Cabrera v. Barr  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1923

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied in part and dismissed in part Petitioner's petition for review from a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) rejecting his request for deferral of removal pursuant to the Convention Aga...

Zeigler v. Rater  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2150

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this defamation case, holding that no reasonable jury could find that Defendant, a psychiatrist, abused the conditional p...

Gracia-Gracia v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1463

Justia Opinion Summary: In this PROMESA action the First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the the lower court denying Plaintiffs' petition for relief from an automatic stay of collection actions against the Commonwea...

United States v. Cortes-Maldonado  
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1768

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his allegatio...

Autonomous Municipality of Ponce v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2194

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Title III court refusing to lift the automatic stay in PROMESA to allow the Municipality of Ponce to secure specific performance by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of public...

United States v. Cezaire  
Date: September 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1721

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant for disclosure of social security numbers and aggravated identity theft, holding that the district court did not commit clear or obvious...