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
Boudreau v. Lussier
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1049
US v. Arias-Mercedes
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1229
Scholz v. Goudreau
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1264, 17-1316
Scholz v. Goudreau
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1316
United Food & Comm. Workers v. Novartis Pharm., RXDN, Inc. v. Novartis Pharm. Corp.
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-1714, 17-1776
Richard v. Regional School Unit 57
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2200
United States v. Villodas-Rosario  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1981

Justia Opinion Summary: After addressing the proper standard for evaluating the enforceability of an appellate waiver the First Circuit dismissed Appellant’s appeal challenging the procedural and substantive reasonableness of his sentence, hold...

Newman v. Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2239

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Plaintiff’s retaliation claims as pertains to a handful of the original defendants in this case, holding that the district court did not err in dismissing the claims pursuant t...

Soto-Cintron v. United States  
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1180

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the government on Plaintiff’s claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for false imprisonment, holding that while the decision o...

US v. Madera-Rivera
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1319
Lemus v. Sessions
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2068
Mondol v. Somerville, MA
Date: August 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2076
United States v. Valdes-Ayala  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s convictions and the order of restitution imposed by the trial court but vacated the sentence of incarceration and remanded for resentencing, holding that the trial judge erred when...

Sihotang v. Sessions  
Date: August 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2183

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit granted Petitioner’s petition for judicial review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner’s motion to reopen his removal proceedings, holding that the BIA overlooked...

United States v. Gierbolini-Rivera  
Date: August 14, 2018
Docket Number: 15-2076

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s sentence for wire fraud and theft in connection with health care, holding that Defendant’s upwardly variant sentence was both procedurally and substantively reasonable. Defendant p...