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
United States v. Castillo  
Date: November 25, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1966

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the sentencing court sentencing Defendant to a 235-month term of imprisonment for one count of abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of twelve, holding that the sente...

Barbosa v. Midland Credit Management, Inc.  
Date: November 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1896

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting Defendants' motions to compel Plaintiff's claims to the arbitration process, holding that Defendants had the authority to enforce the arbitration provis...

US v. Chan
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2232, 19-1911, 18-2233, 19-1910
Federal Deposit Insurance Co. v. Constructora Japimel, Inc.  
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1845

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court remanding this removed case to Puerto Rico's Court of First Instance, holding that the district court erred when it remanded to the local Puerto Rico court a sui...

In Re: Akebia Therapeutics v.
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1929
United States v. Ackerly  
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1967

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion for a new trial, holding that the government failed to show that the district court granted reversible error by granting the motio...

Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2005
United States v. Chan  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2232, 19-1911, 18-2233, 19-1910

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendants' convictions for securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, holding that Defendants' claims of trial and sentencing error were unavailing. Defendants were two biost...

In re Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1929

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied the petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. pursuant to the Crime Victim's Rights Act, 18 U.S.C. 3771(d)(3), requesting vacatur of the district court's restitution orde...

De la Cruz-Candela v. JetBlue Airways Corporation
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2139
United States v. Gonzalez  
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1351

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1962(d), holding that the life without parole sentence imposed by the district court w...

Celicourt v. Barr  
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1201

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition to review a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying his requests for asylum and withholding of removal under the Immigration and Naturalization Act and fo...

Hisert v. Haschen  
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1329

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that Defendant had committed fraud in connection with a contract for dredging work to be performed in Massachusetts and in awarding Plaintiff $148,626...

Franchini v. Investors Bus. Daily, Inc.
Date: November 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1389
Wilmington Savings Fund Society v. Collart  
Date: November 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1533

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court granting Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB a declaratory judgment declaring invalid a home equity line of credit (HELOC) that had previously been granted t...