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. Cabrera-Rivera
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1337
In re: App of George W Schlich v.
Date: June 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1377
Mission Product Holdings, Inc v. Tempnology, LLC
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-9016
Dimanche v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1169

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the entry of a jury verdict awarding over $1.3 in compensatory damages and $1.3 million in punitive damages to Plaintiff, a black female former employee of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

United States v. Lee  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1490

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court did not err in imposing a 218-month sentence on Defendant for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing heroin, holding th...

Doherty v. Merck & Co., Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1997

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was not entitled to relief on her constitutional challenges to Maine’s Wrongful Birth Statute. After she gave birth to a healthy child, Plaintiff brought this lawsuit against Merck & Co., Inc., claiming that a...

United States v. Tanco-Pizarro  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2388

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sixty-month sentence Defendant received following the revocation of his supervised release, holding that his sentence was neither procedurally nor substantively unreasonable. In 2010, Defe...

United States v. Serrano-Acevedo  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-2009, 16-2049

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Virgilio Diaz-Jimenez’s (Diaz) conviction and remanded the cause for further proceedings, holding that the search of Diaz’s home was unconstitutional, and the error was prejudicial. Diaz and He...

United States v. Benitez-Beltran  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the 120-month sentence Defendant received after pleading guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, holding that the sentence was neither procedurally nor substantively unr...

United States v. Gonzalez-Negron  
Date: June 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1302

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, holding that Defendant’s argument that the conviction was invalid owing to the district court’s accep...

Caraballo-Caraballo v. Correctional Administration  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1597

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court correctly granted summary judgment to the Defendant regarding Plaintiff’s hostile work environment and retaliation claims but erred in analyzing Plaintiff’s disparate treatment claim. After Plaintiff...

United States v. Rivera-Hernandez  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2144

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court in this criminal case, holding that the sentence imposed upon Defendant in connection with his plea of guilty to transporting child pornography was without er...

Doe v. Trustees of Boston College  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2290

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment in Defendants’ favor on Plaintiffs’ claims seeking compensatory damages, declaratory relief, a permanent injunction, and expungement of dis...

United States v. Laureano-Perez  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2399

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence following his guilty plea to a two-count indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and unlawful possession of a machine gun. The district c...

United States v. Robles-Pabon  
Date: June 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-2455

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district sentencing Defendant to twenty-one months of imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and seventy-two months of impriso...