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
Brown v. United States  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1293

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s application seeking permission to file a successive motion under 28 U.S.C. 2255 to vacate her conviction and sentence for possessing a destructive device during and in relation to an...

Johnson v. Boston Public Schools  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2122

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision upholding the determination of the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) ruling against all of Plaintiff’s claims seeking placement for her mino...

Ellicott v. American Capital Energy, Inc.  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1421

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of Stephen Elliott on his suit against American Capital Energy, Inc. (ACE) and its two principals (collectively, Appellants) claiming breach of contract a...

United States v. Romero  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1706

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence of 276 months in prison for conspiracy to commit kidnapping, holding that the sentence was neither procedurally flawed nor substantively unreasonable. After Defendant plea...

United States v. Naphaeng  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1800, 18-1126

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed upon Defendant, a convicted fraudster, particularly the restitution order entered pursuant to the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act (MVRA), 18 U.S.C. 3663A, in the amount o...

United States v. Douglas  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1129

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether it is appropriate to use the categorical approach in determining what is a “crime of violence” under 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(3)(b). The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Appellant’s mo...

Conlogue v. Hamilton  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2210

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from the fatal shooting of an armed civilian by a state trooper, the First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Defendant, holding that Defendant was entitled to qualifi...

Insite Corp. Inc. v. Walsh Construction Co. Puerto Rico  
Date: October 5, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1436

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this bankruptcy case was whether a defaulting subcontractor who has no contractual right to compensation is nonetheless entitled to an equitable recovery if the general contractor has benefited at the subcont...

Woodward v. US
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2114
Bebo v. Medeiros  
Date: October 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2218

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Appellant’s habeas petition, holding that the state court ruling challenged in this case was neither contrary to nor an unreasonable application of clearly est...

US v. Mayendia-Blanco
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1404
Knox v. Vanguard Group, Inc.
Date: September 28, 2018
Docket Number: 18-1110
Bonilla-Ramirez v. MVM, Inc.
Date: September 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1512
US v. Pineda Mateo
Date: September 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1857
Woodward v. US  
Date: September 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2114

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, a jury convicted former Massachusetts state representative Francis Woodward of, among other crimes, honest-services mail and wire fraud. He appealed the district court's denial of his most recent petition for a...