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. Torres-Rivera  
Date: October 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2024

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to reduce his sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) and remanded for reconsideration. Defendant pled guilty to one count of a six-count in...

United States v. Robles-Alvarez  
Date: October 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1222

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s convictions stemming from his participation in a large-scale cocaine trafficking conspiracy but vacated his life sentence and remanded for further proceedings. The court held (1) th...

McKee v. Cosby  
Date: October 18, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1256

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of Bill Cosby’s motion to dismiss this defamation case brought by an actress who earlier accused Cosby of raping her. Kathrine McKee accused Bill Cosby in a 2014 in...

Jenkins v. Gangi  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1048

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court approving a sale of Frank Gangi’s assets and the assets of entities owned by him. The sale was recommended by the receiver, Carl Jenkins, who was appointed by th...

United States v. Cortez-Vergara  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1342

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence of 108 months’ incarceration, holding that there was no abuse of discretion. Defendant pled guilty to maritime drug and conspiracy offenses. The district court sentenced D...

Quality Health Services of P.R., Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1556, 16-1845

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Hospital San Cristobal’s petition for review of an order of the National Labor Relations Board (Board) declaring that the Hospital had committed several unfair labor practices in violation of sec...

US v. Parsons
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2034
Hunter v. United States  
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2483

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Appellant’s motion to vacate his consecutive sentence, holding that Appellant’s appeal from the district court’s ruling was foreclosed by the First Circuit’s rece...

United States v. Ortiz-Torres  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2322

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his 560-month sentence, entered pursuant to a guilty plea, for brandishing and discharging firearms during a crime of violence. On appeal, Defendant argued (1) the government breached the plea agreem...

United States v. Bain  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1140

Justia Opinion Summary: While police officers conducted an unlawful search by testing a key in the lock of the unit in which he was staying, the district court properly denied Defendant’s motion to suppress because, in searching the apartment,...

Rife v. One West Bank, F.S.B.
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1305
United States v. Orth  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1436

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress drugs, a digital scale, and a firearm obtained following a traffic stop of the vehicle in which Defendant was a passenger. In his m...

Reenstierna v. Currier  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1486

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Kenneth Currier in this action brought by Mark Reenstierna alleging defamation and other torts. Reenstierna, a real estate appraiser, was brought befor...

Depianti v. Jan-Pro Franchising
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2256
Small Justice LLC v. Xcentric Ventures LLC  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1506, 16-1085

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals, the First Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to (1) dismiss Plaintiffs’ claims under Massachusetts law for libel and intentional interference with prospective contractual relati...