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. Cohen
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-1682, 16-1703
US v. Sweeney
Date: April 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1325
Keach v. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co.  
Date: April 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1912

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the proceeds of a multi-million-dollar sale of certain railroad lines constituted property of the bankruptcy estate. Debtor purchased the assets of several United States and Canadian railways. Debto...

Hiam v. Homeaway.com, Inc.  
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1898

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Defendant, the owner of the website on which Plaintiff found a tropical villa that did not exist, holding that the district court correctly app...

Dixon v. US
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1069
United States v. Sweeney  
Date: April 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1325

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in all respects Defendant’s conviction of distribution and possession of child pornography and his sentence of seventeen years of imprisonment followed by ten years of supervised release. The C...

United States v. Cohen  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-1682, 16-1703

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s convictions for one count of conspiracy to convert government property, fourteen counts of conversion of government property, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering...

Benenson v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2066, 16-2067

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the decision of the Tax Court ruling that Appellants owed an excise tax for contributions made to their Roth individual retirement accounts (Roth IRAs) in violation of contribution limits, hold...

United States v. Mejia-Encarnacion  
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1030

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment convicting Defendant, after he pleaded guilty, to two counts of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute narcotics and sentencing him to 121 months’ impriso...

Kader v. Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.  
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1139

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court did not err in dismissing Plaintiffs’ first amended complaint (FAC) for failure to state a claim or in denying Plaintiffs leave to file their proposed second amended complaint (PSAC) in this litigation...

New Hampshire Hospital Ass’n v. Hargan  
Date: April 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1615

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the “set-off rule” announced by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) in the form of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)...

United States v. Rentas-Muniz  
Date: April 3, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2275

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to a 202-month term of immurement on the charge of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and to a sixty-month term...

Purdy v. Berryhill  
Date: April 3, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2242

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision affirming an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) finding that Appellant was not disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Act and thus not entitled to Supple...

Sawyer Brothers, Inc. v. Island Transporter, LLC  
Date: April 3, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2470

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs within the zone of danger may recover for negligent infliction of emotional distress under the general maritime law. Plaintiffs brought this maritime action against Defendant, which they hired to ferry three...

Scottsdale Capital Advisors v. The Deal, LLC  
Date: April 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1968

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing this defamation action for lack of personal jurisdiction. The Deal, LLC posted to a subscriber-only website an attached to email newsletters three...