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
Fortier v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co.  
Date: February 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1752

Justia Opinion Summary: In this Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) suit, the First Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment finding that Plaintiff’s appeal from the expiration of her long-term disability (LTD) benefits was un...

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Pike  
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1815, 17-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: In this diversity case, the First Circuit affirmed the district court’s conclusion that Deutsche Bank National Trust Company’s mortgage interest in a property in New Hampshire was subject to a homestead right of Jennifer...

Ms. S. v. Regional School Unit 72  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2214, 18-1004

Justia Opinion Summary: In these appeals arising from a complaint filed by Ms. S. with the Maine Department of Education alleging violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., the First Circuit remanded...

Aurelius Investments, LLC v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1671, 18-1787, 18-1746

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that members of the Financial Oversight and Management Board (Board Members) created by the 2016 Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) are “Officers of the United...

Heagney v. Wong  
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2033

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the district court entering judgment for Plaintiff on Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 151B and defamation claims against the City of Fitchburg and its mayor and...

Patton v. Johnson  
Date: February 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1750

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that Appellant was barred from relitigating his argument that Plaintiffs should be compelled to arbitrate various tort claims, holding that the di...

Gilbert v. City of Chicopee  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2206

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and various state laws, holding that the district court properly dismissed Plaintiff’s claims under Fed. R....

United States v. Vazquez-Mendez  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1107

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s sentence for violating the terms of his supervised release and remanded the matter for resentencing, holding that the judge erred in citing rehabilitation needs and unproven domestic...

Thompson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1559

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court granting Bank’s motion to dismiss this case alleging that Bank failed to comply with the notice requirements in Plaintiffs’ mortgage before foreclosing on the...

Thomas & Betts Corp. v. Alfa Laval Inc.  
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Numbers: 16-1133, 16-1204, 16-1189, 16-1134

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals, the First Circuit affirmed the judgments of the district court finding that Thomas & Betts was “liable to” New Albertson’s and other parties were “liable to” Thomas & Betts for certain port...

United States v. Saldana-Rivera  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1262

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity for which Defendant could be charged with sexual assault under the laws of Puerto Rico, holdi...

Painters & Allied Trades District Council 82 Health Care Fund v. Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: January 30, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1146, 18-1147

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals arising out of two “off-label” prescription drug marketing cases aggregated for pretrial proceedings in the district court by order of a multidistrict litigation panel, the First Circuit rev...

MetalForming, Inc. v. Schechtl Maschinenbau GmbH  
Date: January 30, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1550, 18-1551

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of claims against Schechtl Maschinenbau GmbH, a German company, holding that, contrary to the conclusion of the district court, the exercise of personal jurisdict...

Altair Global Credit Opportunities Fund v. Employees Retirement System  
Date: January 30, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1836, 18-1868, 18-1858, 18-1841, 18-1837, 18-1855

Justia Opinion Summary: In these appeals involving bonds issued in 2008 by the Employees Retirement System (the System) of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which were purchased by bondholders (the Bondholders), the First Circu...