2016 First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 503

Rivera-Coca v. Lynch  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1115

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a Honduran nation, conceded removability after being charged for being present in the United States without legal sanction. Petitioner cross-applied for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under th...

Jones v. City of Boston  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: Eight police officers, a police cadet, and a provisionally hired 911 operator (collectively, the Officers) alleged that they suffered adverse employment actions by the Boston Police Department as a result of a racially d...

US v. Torres-Santoni
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1585
Rivera-Rivera v. United States  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1921

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Petitioner pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with a drug-trafficking enterprise. The district court sentenced Petitioner to a ten-year term of immurement. Thereafter, Petitioner moved to correct th...

D'Agostino v. EV3, Inc.  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1126

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed filed a qui tam action against a corporation and its subsidiary, both of whom manufacture and market medical devices, alleging that Defendants violated the False Claims Act in selling two particular medic...

Belsito Communications, Inc v. Decker  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: Brian Blackden, a freelance photographer who sends photos to several regional-media outlets, including Belsito Communications (Belsito), and Belsito filed suit alleging that James Decker, a New Hampshire State Trooper, v...

Rodriguez-Vazquez v. Solivan Solivan  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1192

Justia Opinion Summary: Erasmo Rodriguez-Vazquez (Rodriguez) successfully worked to obtain the reversal of several wrongfully convicted individuals. Those individuals and/or their heirs or assigns brought two suits, consolidated into this case,...

Block Island Fishing, Inc. v. Rogers  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1267

Justia Opinion Summary: Jamie Rogers, a seaman, was injured on a fishing vessel owned and operated by Block Island Fishing, Inc. Block Island made some “maintenance and cure” payments to Rogers. Block Island then brought this suit against Roger...

Troiano v. Aetna Life Insurance Company
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1307
United States v. Maldonado-Burgos  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2145

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1945 case Crespo v. United States, the First Circuit held that 18 U.S.C. 2421(a), which prohibits transportation of an individual “in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United...

Troiano v. Aetna Life Insurance Company
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1307
United States v. Nolte  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1848

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of making false statements in a passport application, aggravated identity theft, and use of a falsely-obtained Social Security account number to obtain benefits. The district c...

In Re: Suarez-Jimenez v.
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-8022
US v. Reyes Lara
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1235
Phillips v. Equity Residential Mgmt., LLC
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1254
United States v. Tavares  
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-2313, 14-2314, 14-2315

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, who previously served as high-ranking officials in the Massachusetts Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP), were convicted for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) violations, RICO co...

US v. O'Brien
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2314
US v. Burke
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2315
United States v. Montoya  
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2089

Justia Opinion Summary: On three occasions, Defendant sold heroin to a person surreptitiously cooperating with the federal government. Defendant was charged with three counts of possessing heroin with intent to distribute. A jury subsequently f...

Corado-Arriaza v. Lynch  
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2227

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Guatemala, was arrested and charged with removability on the basis that he had remained in the United States beyond the six months permitted by his visa. Defendant filed a motion to su...

Garmon v. National Railroad Passenger Corp.  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1803

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an African-American, filed an employment discrimination case against Amtrak, his employer, alleging that his opportunities for overtime were reduced because of his race and that he was subjected to a hostile w...

Labor Relations Division of Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Healey  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1906

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a group of construction-industry employers’ associations and employers, sought relief from a broad category of enforcement actions that may be brought under the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (ESTL). Plai...

United States v. DaSilva  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The district court sentenced Defendant to time served on the SORNA violation foll...

Santander Holdings USA, Inc. v. United States  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1282

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, taxpayers receive credits against owed U.S. income tax for money paid to a foreign country for “taxable international business transactions of economic substance.” Some banks have e...

Hagerty v. Cyberonics, Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1304

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant brought a qui tam action against Cyberonics, Inc. alleging that Cyberonics violated the False Claims Act (FCA) and related state statutes by promoting medically unnecessary replacements of batteries in nerve st...

Troiano v. Aetna Life Insurance Co.  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1307

Justia Opinion Summary: While working at a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation (GDC), Plaintiff participated in GDC’s long-term disability (LTD) plan, which was funded and administered by Aetna Life Insurance Company. Plaintiff became di...

Bates v. CitiMortgage, Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1228

Justia Opinion Summary: After Appellants went bankrupt, Appellees foreclosed on their home. Appellants each received an IRS Form 1099-A in the mail at the end of the tax year stating that the foreclosure might have tax consequences. The mortgag...

Chase v. United States Postal Service  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1351

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against his employer, the United States Postal Service (USPS), and his supervisor, Michael King, (together, Defendants), alleging that Defendants terminated him from the Brookline, Massachuset...

Libertarian Party of NH v. Gardner
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2068
Chan v. Lynch  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2112

Justia Opinion Summary: Here the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved an I-130 “immediate relative” visa petition based on an the marriage of Petitioner, a Chinese national, to a United States citizen. In a parallel remov...

United States v. Santa-Otero  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2186

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possessing a machine gun. Defendant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of sixty-five months. In Defendant’s prior appeal, the Fir...

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Lassman  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1150

Justia Opinion Summary: The underlying dispute in this case concerned a mortgage purported granted by Andrew and Maureen DeMore to the predecessor in interest to HSBC Bank, USA, N.A. on a parcel of property owned by the DeMores. This appeal cam...

United States v. Berrios-Cruz  
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1058

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to production of child pornography. Defendant’s plea agreement contained a knowing and voluntary waiver of any right to appeal his sentence. Defendant appealed, challenging certain special condit...

Aguilon-Lopez v. Lynch
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2570
Phillips v. Equity Residential Management, LLC  
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1254

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this class action against his former landlord (Landlord) alleging that Landlord violated several provisions of the Massachusetts Security Deposit Law by impermissibly deducting certain charges from his...

Sai v. Transportation Security Administration  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2526

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against the Transportation Security Administration and other defendants alleging violations of federal statutes prohibiting discriminatory treatment of disabled persons. The statutory scheme a...

Sanders v. Phoenix Insurance Co.  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2539

Justia Opinion Summary: The Phoenix Insurance Company refused to defend and/or indemnify its named insured, an attorney referred to as “John Doe,” against claims advanced by Harry Sanders. Suing in his capacity as executor of the estate of Nanc...

Hynes, Jr. v. Commissioner of IRS
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1336
United States v. Cardona-Vicenty  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiring to distribute narcotics near three public housing projects and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense. Defendant was appointed new counsel for sentencing p...

Bradley v. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1491
United States v. Fleury  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1869

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Defendant filed a motion to suppress a pistol and ammunition found after a search conducted at his house, arguing that the...

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v. Gardner  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2068

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of New Hampshire requires that political parties seeking to have their nominees listed on statewide election ballots demonstrate that one of its candidates received at least four percent of the statewide vote f...

Law Offices of David Efron, PC v. Candelario  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1010

Justia Opinion Summary: David Efron and Madeleine Candelario were involved in a divorce proceeding and a pending marital property division proceeding before the superior court of Puerto Rico. In the divorce proceeding, the superior court ordere...

United States v. Tavares  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2319

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court imposed an eighty-four-month prison term. Defendant appealed, challenging both his conviction and his sentence....

Parkview Adventist Medical Center v. United States  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1731

Justia Opinion Summary: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) terminated its Provider Agreement with Parkview Adventist Medical Center after finding that Parkview was no longer a “hospital” under the Medicare statute. Parkview, whi...

Bradley v. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: November 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a drop in the share price of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., investors filed suit against the corporation and four corporate officers (collectively, ARIAD). Plaintiffs alleged securities fraud in violation of the...

Igartua v. Obama  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1336

Justia Opinion Summary: On the fifth time before the First Circuit, Plaintiff, a United States citizen-resident of Puerto Rico, and his fellow plaintiffs challenged the denial of the right of Puerto Rico citizens to vote for representatives to...

Santos-Santos v. Torres-Centeno  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1782

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), filed an employment discrimination claim against the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the PRPD, and several of her coworkers, alleging violations of variou...

Tutor Perini Corporation v. Banc of America Securities LLC
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1945
United States v. Hurley  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2541

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute, controlled substances. The presentence report attributed 1,451.7 kilograms of synthetic cannabinoid product to Defendant, a...

Moore v. Dickhaut  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in a Massachusetts state court, Appellant was convicted of unarmed robbery. The Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the conviction, rejecting Appellant’s claim that certain identification procedures v...

United States, ex rel. Escobar v. Universal Health Services, Inc.  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1423

Justia Opinion Summary: Relators’ daughter died of a seizure after receiving mental health treatment at Arbour Counseling Services, a facility in Massachusetts owned and operated by Universal Health Services (UHS). When Relators learned that Ar...

Nevor v. Moneypenny Holdings, LLC  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Numbers: 16-1302, 16-1565

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former professional sailor, was an employee of Defendant, which owed a sailing vessel and motor support vessel. Plaintiff was injured during his employment. Plaintiff later invoked admiralty jurisdiction and...

Lawton v. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1382

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a qui tam action against Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and its affiliates (collectively, Takeda) and Eli Lilly and Company (Eli Lilly) (collectively, Defendants) under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the...

Eves v. LePage  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1492

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Eves, the Maine Legislature Speaker of the House, obtained a contract of employment with Good Will-Hinckley (GWH), a Maine nonprofit that is largely funded by biennial grants from the state. Whether to disburse that...

Nevor v. Moneypenny Holdings, LLC
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1565
United States v. Swan  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1672

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of Hobbs Act extortion, tax fraud, and making false statements to obtain federal worker’s compensation. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying her motion to suppress...

Gordon v. Lynch  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1729

Justia Opinion Summary: In Castaneda v. Souza, the First Circuit divided evenly over the question of whether the “when…released” clause in 8 U.S.C. 1226(c)(1) limits the scope of section 1226(c)(2). The result of the deadlock was the affirmance...

Tutor Perini Corp. v. Banc of America Securities LLC  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: Tutor Perini Corporation, a giant construction company, sued Banc of America Securities LLC (BAS) and Bank of America, N.A. (BANA), alleging that BAS, acting as its broker-dealer and with BANA’s knowledge and acquiescenc...

In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2005, 15-2006, 15-2007

Justia Opinion Summary: AstraZeneca, a drug manufacturer that owns the patents covering Nexium, a prescription heartburn medication, sued Ranbaxy for patent infringement after Ranbaxy announced that it sought to market a generic version of Nexi...

In re: Nexium Antitrust v.
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2006
In re: Nexium Antitrust v.
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2007
Cavallaro v. Koskinen  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1368, 15-1376

Justia Opinion Summary: After a merger in 1995, William and Patricia Cavallaro received 38 shares of stock in Camelot, the merged company. Their three sons received 54 shares each. When Camelot was subsequently acquired, the Cavallaros received...

Cavallaro v. Koskinen
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1376
Page v. Amtrak, Inc.
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1325
United States v. De La Cruz-Garcia  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2249

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to illegally bringing aliens into the United States by boat. Appellant was sentenced to thirty-eight months’ imprisonment based, in part, on a ten-level enhancement for the death of a passenger who...

United States v. Dawn  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1136

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to dealing in firearms without a license and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The district court sentenced Defendant to 180 months in prison - the mandatory minimum -...

United States v. Demers  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2205

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (oxycodone) and distribution of that controlled substance. The district court imposed a bottom-of-the-range sentence of a fifty-seven-month term...

US v. Ross
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1460
Dyer v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2421

Justia Opinion Summary: Edythe Dyer executed a promissory note to Dreamhouse Mortgage Corporation and granted a mortgage on her property in Boston, Massachusetts to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS). MERS assigned the mortga...

Irish v. Irish  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1053

Justia Opinion Summary: A Massachusetts district court awarded damages to Dawn Irish arising out of her divorce from Craig Irish and the separation agreement filed in their divorce proceeding. Dawn later filed a complaint in federal district co...

United States v. Cruz-Vazquez  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1289

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a machine gun. After a sentencing hearing, the district court imposed a thirty-six-month incarcerate sentence. Defendant appealed, alleging that the...

Meadors v. Cont'l Structural Plastics
Date: November 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1007
US v. Figueroa-Quinones
Date: November 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1190
United States v. George  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1892

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of conspiracy and embezzlement from a federal funded organization for using his political clout to divert federal funds granted to a state agency. The district court sentenc...

US v. Mahoney
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2243
United States v. Castro-Taveras  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1879

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Appellant entered a guilty plea, pursuant to a plea agreement, to four counts of conspiracy to commit, and aiding and abetting, insurance and mail fraud. In 2011, Appellant consulted an immigration attorney to a...

US v. Figueroa-Quinones
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1190
Quezada-Caraballo v. Lynch  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2563

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed an application for a good-faith-marriage waiver of the joint-filing requirement for a Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (Form I-751 waiver) but made a series of representations to advance her ap...

Ordonez-Santay v. Lynch
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1067
US v. Figueroa-Rivera
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1481
United States v. Karmue  
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1990

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit arson, wire fraud, mail fraud, and theft of government funds. The convictions stemmed from Defendant’s participation in a scheme to burn down a tenement...

Shi v. Lynch
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2200
Maine Medical Center v. Burwell  
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2408

Justia Opinion Summary: The consolidated appeals in this case involved a dispute between the Secretary of Health and Human Services and a group of Maine hospitals about certain payments - called disproportionate share payments (DSH payments) -...

Maine Medical Center v. Burwell
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2483
Premier Capital, LLC v. Crawford
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1285
Premier Capital, LLC v. Crawford
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1285
Walker v. Harvard University Fellows  
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1154

Justia Opinion Summary: While she was a student at Harvard Law School (HLS), Megon Walker was a member of the staff of the Journal of Law and Technology. During Walker’s final semester, concerns arose regarding a draft article (the Note) that W...

Bbale v. Lynch  
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2372

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a Ugandan national, was subjected to removal proceedings. Petitioner conceded removability and applied for asylum and withholding of removal. An immigration judge denied Petitioner’s application for asylum an...

Premier Capital, LLC v. Crawford  
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1285

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a financially sophisticated individual, petitioned for bankruptcy. A bankruptcy court denied the petition, in part, because Appellant omitted the existence of his Cash Balance Plan (CBP), a retirement account,...

Medina & Medina, Inc. v. Hormel Foods Corp.  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-2055, 14-2066

Justia Opinion Summary: Medina & Medina, Inc., a Puerto Rico-based distributor of refrigerated food products, sued its principal, Hormel Foods Corp. Medina sought a declaration that Medina was the exclusive distributor of Hormel’s retail refrig...

Medina & Medina, Inc. v. Hormel Foods Corporation
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2066
Flock v. United States Department of Transportation  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2310

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) maintains a database of inspection history and safety records relating to commercial motor vehicle operators. Appellants, a group of commercial motor vehicle operat...

Giraldo-Pabon v. Lynch  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1260

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Colombia, was charged as removable. In response, Petitioner sought asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). The Immigra...

United States v. Nunez  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2297

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute twenty-eight grams or more of cocaine base. In sentencing Appellant, the district court departed downward and imposed a ninety-seven-month incar...

Hyatt v. Gelb  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2404

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in a Massachusetts state court, Appellant was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other offenses. The appeals court affirmed. Appellant later filed...

United States v. O'Donnell  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was convicted on one count under 18 U.S.C. 1344, the Bank Fraud Act, for knowingly executing and attempting to execute a scheme and artifice to defraud a federally-insured financial institu...

Appiah v. Lynch
Date: October 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1926
Sherkat v. New England Village Inc.
Date: October 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1047
United States v. Ford  
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2245

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy, manufacturing over 100 marijuana plants, maintaining a residence for marijuana manufacturing, and possessing a firearm as a felony. The district court sentenced...

United States v. Trinidad  
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1576

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant was intercepted in a thirty-foot vessel by the United States Coast Guard, the Coast Guard found approximately 144 kilograms of cocaine onboard. Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possession with int...

Bradley v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1184
Hannon v. ABCD Holdings, LLC  
Date: October 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2269

Justia Opinion Summary: Patrick Hannon and his wife sought protection from their creditors by filing a voluntary bankruptcy petition under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Three companies filed an adversary complaint against Hannon in the ban...

United States v. Apicelli  
Date: October 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2400

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of manufacturing marijuana. Defendant was sentenced to twelve months and one day of imprisonment. Defendant appealed, raising several procedural challenges and arg...

Murillo-Robles v. Lynch  
Date: October 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2568

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a Peruvian national, became a lawful conditional resident of the United States in 2001 at age eleven. The government initiated removal proceedings against Petitioner in 2007. After a serious of mistakes on th...

Cooper v. D'Amore
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1067
Cooper v. D'Amore
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1211
Pollack v. Regional School Unit 75
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1414
Pollack v. Regional School Unit 75
Date: October 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1414
Local No. 8 IBEW Retirement Plan & Trust v. Vertex Pharm., Inc.  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2250

Justia Opinion Summary: Following an announcement that overstated the positive interim results from clinical trials for an experimental drug combination intended to treat a fatal lung disease, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s stock price rose fro...

Pineda-Hernandez v. Lynch
Date: September 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1501
Rideout v. Gardner  
Date: September 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2021

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, New Hampshire amended a statute by forbidding citizens from photographing their marked ballots and publicizing those photographs (referred to as “ballot selfies”). Three New Hampshire citizens filed suit, arguin...

McCue v. City of Bangor, Maine  
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2460

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillip McCue died after an encounter with five police officers with the City of Bangor. During the encounter, the officers sought to take McCue into protective custody due to his erratic behavior allegedly caused by ing...

Angiuoni v. Town of Billerica  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2121

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an Army veteran, began working as a probationary patrol officer for the Billerica Police Department in 2009. Later that year, the town manager terminated Plaintiff’s employment. Plaintiff subsequently filed th...

US v. Gonzalez-Martinez
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1318
Paolino v. JF Realty, LLC
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1498
Pippin v. Boulevard Motel Corp.
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2011
Parker v. Boulevard Motel Corp.
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2012
Boston Redevelopment Auth. v. Nat'l Park Serv.  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2270

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this dispute was a piece of real estate, called Long Wharf, that juts into Boston Harbor. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) wished to develop the Long Wharf pavilion, which stands at the northern side...

Li v. Lynch
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2373
Legal v. Lynch  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2529

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Haiti, sought asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). In his asylum application, Petitioner claimed that he had suffer...

United States v. Delgado-Lopez  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1312

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to possess illegal drugs with intent to distribute and with using or carrying a firearm in furtherance of the conspiracy. Defendant was sentenced to thirty-three...

US v. Davis-Torres
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1756
US v. Torres-Rivera
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2126
Cullen v. Janvrin
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1004
Davidson v. City of Cranston, R.I.  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1692

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, four residents of the City of Cranston, Rhode Island, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island filed a complaint against the City under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for declaratory and injunctive relief, allegin...

United States v. Hinkel  
Date: September 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1672

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of using a means of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Defendant was sentenced to ten years in prison to be followed by five years of s...

Li v. Lynch  
Date: September 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2373

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of China, was charged as removable based on allegations that Petitioner had misrepresented himself as a Japanese citizen and national. An Immigration Judge (IJ) sustained the charge of re...

US v. Candelario-Santana
Date: September 19, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2139
US v. Oquendo-Rivas
Date: September 19, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2427
United States v. Alcantara  
Date: September 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2061

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to pass counterfeit currency. Defendant appealed, alleging five purported evidentiary errors that he failed to raise below, tw...

Bailey v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Date: September 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2556
Drapala v. A.C. Moore
Date: September 19, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1284
United States v. Ross  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1460

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of one count of possession of child pornography. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court committed reversible error when it declined to view a limited number of...

Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. v. Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1858
United States v. Negron  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1898

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered into a plea agreement pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(c)(1)(C) (a “C-type plea agreement”), which binds the district court to a pre-agreed sentence if the court accepts the defendant’s plea. Under C-typ...

Heien v. Archstone  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2299

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former and current tenants of residential property in Massachusetts leased to them by Defendants, challenged certain amenity use fees imposed by Defendants, alleging violations of the Massachusetts Security D...

O'Shea v. UPS Retirement Plan  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1923

Justia Opinion Summary: Brian O’Shea worked for UPS for thirty-seven years. As an employee of UPS, O’Shea participated in the UPS Retirement Plan. O’Shea became eligible for retirement in 2009 and decided to retire at the end of that year. In 2...

Harris v. Scarcelli
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2189
George v. Comm’r of Internal Revenue  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2305

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel George, a self-taught chemist who created his own health supplements, was convicted of tax evasion based on his failure to pay taxes for the tax years 1996 through 1999. Six weeks after his tax evasion indictment,...

Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Zaragoza-Gomez
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1370
Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Zaragoza-Gomez
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1406
Hernandez-Cuevas v. Taylor  
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendants - both FBI special agents - alleging that Defendants violated his Fourth Amendment right to be protected against seizure but upon probable cause. Defendants moved to dismiss...

Cortes-Ramos v. Sony Corp. of America  
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1786

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff entered an original song and music video to a variety of companies affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment (Sony) as part of a songwriting contest sponsored by Sony. Plaintiff later sued Sony alleging contract...

Freeman, III v. Nolan
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2002
Nanje v. Chaves  
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2254

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a native of Cameroon, pleaded guilty to filing a false healthcare claim, larceny, and attempted larceny, in violation of Massachusetts state law. Appellant paid the full restitution amount and his case was dis...

Tyree v. Lahood
Date: September 7, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2092
Santiago-Ramos v. Autoridad de Energia Autoridad
Date: September 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1507
Smith v. Dickhaut  
Date: September 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1770

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder, armed home invasion, and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed Petitioner’s...

Hernandez-Lima v. Lynch  
Date: September 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1983

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Guatemala, applied for withholding of removal, asserting that he suffered past persecution and faced a clear probability of future persecution in Guatemala on account of his political...

McGunigle v. City of Quincy
Date: September 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2224
Kaufman v. CVS Caremark Corp.
Date: September 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1199
Villar v. Lynch
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1573
Kaufman v. CVS Caremark Corp.  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1199

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff purchased CVS-brand Vitamin E 400 International Units Softgels at a CVS in Plainview, New York. The bottle containing the product bore a label that advertised the product as supporting “heart health.” Plaintiff...

US v. Lacouture
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1238
Pippin v. Boulevard Motel Corp.  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2011

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former employees of the Boulevard Motel Corporation, filed separate complaints alleging that Boulevard filed them in violation of the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) and the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act...

Parker v. Boulevard Motel Corp.
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2012
McGunigle v. City of Quincy  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2224

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff - a former police officer with the City of Quincy, Massachusetts - brought this action against the City, its chief of police, and a police captain, (collectively, Appellees), alleging, among other claims, that...

United States v. Marquez-Perez  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2246

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possessing drugs with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence, asserting tha...

Anversa v. Partners Healthcare Sys., Inc.  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1897

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, two high-profile medical researchers that held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and were intimately involved with a research laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, were investigated for all...

Bahta v. Lynch  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1995

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Eritrea, filed an application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture, claiming that she was persecuted in Eritrea because of her Pentec...

Santiago-Ramos v. Autoridad de Energia Electrica de P.R.  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action suit on behalf of approximately 1.5 million Puerto Rican residents who are customers of Autoridad de Energia Electrica de Puerto Rico (PREPA), alleging that PREPA used a portion of its ove...

Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Zaragoza-Gomez  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1370

Justia Opinion Summary: In an effort to raise more tax revenue, the Puerto Rico legislature amended the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT) in 2015. Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc., the largest private employer in Puerto Rico, brought this actio...

Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Zaragoza-Gomez
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1406
Marin-Portillo v. Lynch
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2138
Marin-Portillo v. Lynch  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2138

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, who was born and raised in Guatemala, entered the United States without inspection. The Government initiated removal proceedings against Petitioner for entering the United States without a valid entry documen...

Rueli v. Baystate Health, Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1198

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a putative class of unionized “visiting” nurses, sued their employer - Baystate Visiting Nurse association & Hospice, Inc. and Baystate Health, Inc. (collectively, “Baystate”) - in state court for unpaid wage...

Tyree v. Lahood  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2092

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former graduate student intern at the John A. Volpe National Transportation System Center, sought access to the Volpe Centers propriety data through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) t...

United States v. Cameron  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was convicted of thirteen counts of child pornography. The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s conviction on six of those counts and remanded. Defendant subsequently fled the state of Maine i...

United States v. De La Cruz  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant, a citizen of the Dominican Republic who entered the United States illegally, was found guilty of theft of public money, use of a falsely obtained social security number to obtain benefits,...

United States v. Young  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1495

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty-eight grams or more of cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking cr...

Harris v. Scarcelli  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2189

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Harris sought to recover in federal bankruptcy court a real estate broker’s commission that he alleged he was owed by Rosa Scarcelli and Oak Knoll Associates, LP (together, Oak Knoll). The bankruptcy court granted...

United States v. Candelario-Santana  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Numbers: 13-2139, 13-2427

Justia Opinion Summary: After a joint jury trial, Alexis Candelario-Santana (Candelario) and David Oquendo-Rivas (Oquendo) (together, Defendants) were found guilty of numerous crimes stemming from a drug-related mass shooting carried out in fur...

US v. Oquendo-Rivas
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2427
United States v. Magee  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1316

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced Defendant to a...

United States v. Mercer  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment of forty-one months. The First Circuit affirme...

US v. Betancourt-Perez
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1514
US v. Betancourt-Perez
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1515
US v. Betancourt-Perez
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1516
US v. Santos-Rivera
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2014
Oriental Financial Group v. Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credit
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1009
United States v. Fey  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1166

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted in Massachusetts state court of rape and indecent assault and battery on a person over fourteen years of age. After his release from prison, Defendant was arrested for failing to register. Defenda...

Grajales v. Puerto Rico Ports Authority
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1278
Valdez v. US
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1524
Qin v. Lynch
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2158
United States v. Betancourt-Perez  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1175

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The government filed a complaint for forfeiture in rem against jewelry seiz...

United States v. Betancourt-Perez  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-1515, 14-1514, 14-1516

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was indicted in three separate criminal cases for his involvement in various drug-related crimes. The parties eventually negotiated a plea deal that resolved the three criminal cases. The plea agreement memoria...

US v. Gomez-Avila
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2254
United States v. Arsenault  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a school aide for special-needs students, pled guilty to the sexual exploitation of three minors, as well as the transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography. After a hearing, the judge imposed...

Vega-Ayala v. Lynch  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2114

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of El Salvador, was charged with removability. Petitioner conceded removability and indicated her intent to seek asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Agains...

Qin v. Lynch  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2158

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of the People’s Republic of China, conceded removability and applied for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture. Before the immigration judge (IJ)...

Miller v. Town of Wenham, Mass.  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2337

Justia Opinion Summary: When Plaintiff observed that a company named 110, Inc. was operating a substance abuse treatment facility next door to his residence, he argued that the Town of Wenham’s unilateral, non-public approval of 110, Inc.’s use...

US v. Perez-Figueroa
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1423
United States v. Marino  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1998

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of wire fraud. A judge sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment, thirty-six months of supervised release, and restitution. After Defendant was released fro...

Mr. & Mrs. Doe v. Cape Elizabeth Sch. Dist.  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: When Jane Doe was in second grade, she began receiving special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act based on her deficiency in reading fluency. More than six years later, an administrative hear...

Fontanillas-Lopez v. Morel Bauza Cartagena & Dapena  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1326

Justia Opinion Summary: After her employment was terminated, Employee filed sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation claims under federal and Puerto Rico law against her former employer (Employer) and its co-owners and administ...

United States v. Garay-Sierra  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1418

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to carjacking and possessing a firearm. After a sentencing hearing, the judge imposed a within-guidelines prison sentence of seventy months for the carjacking crime and...

Sampson v. United States  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1727

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking resulting in death. The jury sentenced Petitioner to death under the Federal Death Penalty Act (FDPA). Due to jury taint, Petitioner’s sentence was vacated and his ca...

Oriental Fin. Group, Inc. v. Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito Oriental  
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1009

Justia Opinion Summary: Four years ago, the First Circuit affirmed a judgment that Defendant, a Puerto Rico credit union, infringed on the trademark rights of Plaintiff, a competing bank, by adopting a confusingly similar logo and trade dress....

Cook & Co. Ins. Serv. Inc. v. Volunteer Firemen's Ins. Serv.
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2213
Evergreen Partnering Group v. Pactiv Corp.  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1839

Justia Opinion Summary: Evergreen Partnering Group, Inc. processed used polystyrene products into a recycled polystyrene resin, which it sold to converters to use in a “green foam” line of products. Evergreen sued Defendants - the five largest...

Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. v. Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1858
Fischer v. Colvin  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1041

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Plaintiff applied for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act, alleging a disability onset date of 1995. Plaintiff’s date last insured (DLI) was in 1998. An administrative law judge (ALJ) den...

Cornwell Entertainment, Inc. v. Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1858
United States v. Colon-de Jesus  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1962

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a non-binding plea agreement, Appellant pled guilty to knowingly possessing a firearm and ammunition after having been convicted of a felony. The presentence investigation report resulted in a guidelines sent...

Burns v. Johnson
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1982
Grajales v. P.R. Ports Auth.  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1278

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether one of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s special-purpose public corporations, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), is an arm of the Commonwealth that enjoys sovereign immunity under t...

United States v. McPhail  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2106

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a tile salesman, received material, nonpublic information from a corporate inside and then passed that information along to friends, who used it to obtain substantial trading gains. After a jury trial, Defenda...

Alvizures-Gomes v. Lynch  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2181

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a Guatemalan national, entered the United States and was placed in removal proceedings. Petitioner cross-applied for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the United Nations Convention Against...

Marrero-Mendez v. Calixto-Rodriguez  
Date: July 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2030

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Puerto Rico Police Department law enforcement officer, filed a complaint alleging that Defendants, his superior officers, violated the Establishment Clause by holding a group prayer while on duty and punishi...

United States v. Reed  
Date: July 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1262

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count each of robbery, brandishing of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a felon subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act’s (ACCA) mandato...

Paolino v. JF Realty, LLC  
Date: July 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1498

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought a citizen enforcement action under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act against Defendants, the owner of a neighboring parcel of land and the business operating on it, alleging that contaminated sto...

Cornwell Ent., Inc. v. Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP  
Date: July 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1858

Justia Opinion Summary: Patricia Cornwell, a well-known crime novelist, and her spouse filed suit against their former business managers Anchin Block & Anchin and the company’s principal, Evan Snapper, alleging New York state law claims of negl...

Rodriguez-Miranda v. Benin
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1334
Rodriguez-Miranda v. Benin
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1518
United States v. Gall  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1948

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. The district court sentenced Defendant to 135 months in prison. At a second change-of-plea hearing, Defendant acknowledged that the indictment charged “pornograph...

Ms. S. v. Regional School Unit 72  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1487

Justia Opinion Summary: Ms. S. filed a request for a due process hearing with the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) concerning alleged Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) violations in the case of her son, B.S., during his nin...

United States v. Calderon  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1652

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of making a false declaration before a federal grand jury investigating a money laundering scheme. Appellant filed a motion for a new trial, claiming that newly discovered evid...

Rodriguez v. Lynch
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2018
United States v. McNicol  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2214

Justia Opinion Summary: When the decedent in this case died he owed over $340,000 in unpaid federal income tax liabilities. The decedent was survived by his wife, Appellant, and four minor children. Appellant, the decedent’s wife, was appointed...

Rodriguez-Miranda v. Benin  
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-1334, 14-1518

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from an employment dispute between Angel Edgardo Rodriguez-Miranda (Rodriguez) and Malik Benin (Benin), two former colleagues. At issue in this, the the latest round of litigation, was a judgment ente...

Rodriguez-Miranda v. Benin
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1518
Kelley v. Fidelity Mgmt. Trust Co.  
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1445

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, retirement-plan participants and one plan administrator, filed a putative class action on behalf of the plans themselves, contending that the plans were being cheated of certain plan assets. Specifically, Pla...

United States v. Stokes  
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1602

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to eight counts of wire fraud and seven counts of mail fraud for sending fraudulent invoices appearing to be sent by a legitimate trade association to thousands of businesses, which unwittingly sent...

Burns v. Johnson
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1982
United States v. Ortiz-Islas  
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1864

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine. The district court sentenced Defendant within the Guidelines sentencing...

US v. Vazquez-Mendez
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1755
Burns v. Johnson  
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1982

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former employee of the Transportation Security Administration, filed suit against David Johnson, the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge at the Boston Field Office of the Federal Air Marshals Service where Pla...

Hoover, III v. Harrington
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2383
Pacific Indemnity Company v. Deming
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2386
United States v. Rodriguez-Melendez  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2147

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant conceded that he violated the conditions of his release by committing an offense involving possession of a firearm. The district court imposed a sentence of thirty-six months’ imprisonment, which was six months...

Aponte-Davila v. Municipality of Caguas  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1800

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a negligence suit in the Puerto Rico federal district court, naming as defendants the Municipality of Caguas, Consolidated Waste Service Corporation (ConWaste), and ConWaste’s insurance provider, stating...

United States v. Alvarez-Nunez  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2127

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to a federal indictment charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful user of a controlled substance and possession of a machine-gun. Before sentencing, the probation de...

Thomas v. Lynch  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1805

Justia Opinion Summary: When Thomas was a child, he was lawfully admitted to the United States for six months, but he and his parents remained in the country beyond that date. Thomas’s mother later became a naturalized United States citizen and...

Young v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1827

Justia Opinion Summary: After seeking a mortgage modification under the Home Affordable Modification Program Plaintiff filed a complaint against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Homeward Residential Inc., claiming breach of contract, unfair debt coll...

Hoover, III v. Harrington  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2383

Justia Opinion Summary: As an individual and doing business as Halloween Costume World, Appellant filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The Trustee filed a motion to dismiss or convert the case to a...

Pacific Indemnity Co. v. Deming  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2386

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was a tenant of condominium unit (Unit 1801) when unit’s bathtub overflowed and leaked into the condominium units below, causing damage. Pacific Indemnity Company, which insured Unit 1601, brought an action see...

Sullivan v. Marchilli  
Date: July 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1191

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted under a Massachusetts statute of possessing child pornography as a repeat offender. The Massachusetts Appeals Court (MAC) affirmed. Defendant later filed a petition for federal habeas relief under...

Winkelman v. CVS Caremark Corp.  
Date: July 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1991

Justia Opinion Summary: The False Claims Act (FCA) forbids private parties from bringing qui tam actions on the government’s behalf alleging fraud on government programs if the complaint rests on allegations that were already publicly disclosed...

Rivera-Rivera v. United States  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: 11-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of aiding and abetting an armed robbery affecting interstate commerce in violation of the Hobbs Act, using a firearm in connection with the robbery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. T...

US v. Casey
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1839
Worcester v. Springfield Terminal Ry. Co.  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1965

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought suit against his former employer, Springfield Terminal Railway Company (Defendant), under the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act after he was fired. After a trial, the jury awar...

US v. Henry
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1523
Baker v. Harrington  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2384

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an experienced bankruptcy attorney, represented Debtor, who sought relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. During the proceedings, Appellant engaged in conduct that caused the bankruptcy court to order...

Paret-Ruiz v. United States  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2134

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of drug conspiracy charges and imprisoned for almost four years. The charges also led to Appellant’s forfeiture of two trucks and a boat. A previous panel of the First Circuit reversed the convict...

United States v. Bermudez-Melendez  
Date: June 28, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2209

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Appellant pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The agreement memorialized a joint sentencing recommendation of seventy-two months’ incarcerat...

US v. Hunter
Date: June 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1603
Velez-Ramirez v. Commonwealth of P.R.  
Date: June 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1607

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Plaintiff was diagnosed with an eye disease. In 2010, Plaintiff’s contract with her employer expired and was not renewed. Plaintiff filed discrimination and retaliation claims against Defendants. The district co...

Universal Truck & Equipment Co v. Caterpillar, Inc.
Date: June 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1609
United States v. Carrasquillo-Penaloza  
Date: June 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1819

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to transportation of a minor with the intent that she engage in prostitution, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2423(a). The plea agreement contained a joint recommendation that Defendant be sentenced to...

Lima v. Lynch  
Date: June 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2119

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native of El Salvador with multiple convictions, was placed in removal proceedings. An Immigration Judge (IJ) rejected Petitioner’s application for Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NAC...

Sig Sauer, Inc. v. Brandon  
Date: June 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2230

Justia Opinion Summary: Sig Sauer, Inc., a gun manufacturer headquartered in New Hampshire, sought to market a gun that included a “silencer” under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)...

Frangos v. Bank of America, N.A.  
Date: June 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2494

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas and Frances Frangos (Plaintiffs) secured a loan and pledged their home as collateral to secure a promissory note issued to the lender. Plaintiffs defaulted on the mortgage twice. A foreclosure sale was scheduled,...

United States v. Acevedo-Sueros  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to four felony counts related to a conspiracy to import more than 13,000 kilograms of cocaine. The sentencing court ultimately sentenced Defendant to concurrent prison terms of 151 months for eac...

Draper v. Healey  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1429

Justia Opinion Summary: It is a violation of Massachusetts state law for a handgun-purveyor to transfer to customers any handgun “which does not contain a load indicator or magazine safety disconnect.” When the Attorney General (AG) informed fi...

Garcia v. Novartis Pharms. Corp.  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1470

Justia Opinion Summary: Xolair, an injected drug approved by the FDA for treating allergies, is co-promoted in the United States by Genentech, Inc. and Roche Holdings, Inc. (Genentech) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Novartis Corp. (Nova...

United States v. Henry  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1523

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in determining that he was not entitled to raise a “mistake of age”...

Boch Imports Inc. v. Nat’l Labor Relations Bd.  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1653, 15-1721

Justia Opinion Summary: The National Labor Relations Board (Board) issued an order ruling that a Massachusetts car dealership was liable for unfair labor practices. The dealership petitioned for review, arguing that the Board’s findings were no...

NLRB v. Boch Imports Inc.
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1721
Rando v. Leonard  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1857

Justia Opinion Summary: Shelly Rando, a pharmacy technician at a CVS Pharmacy in Massachusetts, was suspected of stealing more than 100 bottles of a pain medication. Michelle Leonard, a loss prevention manager at CVS, interviewed Rando. Durimg...

US v. Montes-Fosse
Date: June 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1779
US v. Ramos-Acevedo
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2073
DeCambre v. Brookline Housing Auth.  
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1458, 15-1515

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Plaintiff, a participant in the Section 8 Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, listed among her assets a trust that had been established in 2010 to hold Plaintiff's proceeds from a series of tort settlements....

DeCambre v. Brookline Housing Authority
Date: June 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1515
United States v. Gonzalez-Martinez  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1318

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of twenty-two counts of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft. Defendant appealed, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to support her c...

United States v. Rivera  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered into a conditional guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence seized from his home, arguing that the affidavit a law enforc...

Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. Visionaid, Inc.  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1351

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary Sullivan filed suit against VisionAid, Inc., his former employer and a Massachusetts-based company, in Massachusetts state court alleging that he was terminated as the result of illegal age discrimination. In its de...

Carrasquillo-Ortiz v. American Airlines, Inc.  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1424

Justia Opinion Summary: Article 3 of Puerto Rico’s Law No. 80 requires companies that operate in Puerto Rico to pay a “mesada” - or a statutory severance - to employees who are terminated without “just cause.” Plaintiffs were the former, and le...

United States v. Bey  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1655

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers sought to execute a warrant for Bey's arrest, stemming from a domestic violence dispute involving a firearm. They determined that Bey was likely at the Summons home. Bey was barred from that residence by an abu...

Chen v. Lynch  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1918

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Chen entered the U.S. illegally. Luo followed in 2002, with a visitor's visa, which he overstayed. They married 2008. They became members of the China Democracy Party Foundation, a group committed to political r...

United States v. Santiago-Gonzalez  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1417

Justia Opinion Summary: An armed assailant entered Banco Popular, covered his face with a mask, and told a teller to fill a bag with money. The teller complied, but added red security dye packs. The robbery was captured by video surveillance eq...

Baskin-Robbins Franchising LLC v. Alpenrose Dairy, Inc.  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2190

Justia Opinion Summary: Baskin-Robbins, a Delaware LLC, franchises ice cream stores. Alpenrose, a dairy products manufacturer incorporated in Oregon, is headquartered in Portland. In 1965, the two executed a territorial franchise agreement. Ba...

United States v. Casey  
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1839

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Puerto Rico Police Agent Lizardi was undercover, investigating Casey. Lizardi went missing on the day of a scheduled drug buy. Casey was arrested, signed a Miranda waiver, and at some point, told officers he was...

Jaynes v. Mitchell  
Date: June 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1342

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Jaynes befriended 10-year-old Jeffrey in his Massachusetts neighborhood. Jaynes took Jeffrey for rides in Jaynes's Cadillac without his parents' knowledge. On October 1, Jaynes and Sicari picked Jeffrey up in th...

United States v. Acevedo  
Date: June 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1378

Justia Opinion Summary: Acevedo and Vazques seized Doe at gunpoint, pulling him out of a car in Boston. Doe’s family paid the ransom with money marked by the FBI. Agents watched the ransom drop. Vazquez, Moreno, and Acevedo later met to hide th...

United States v. Guzman-Fernandez  
Date: June 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1576

Justia Opinion Summary: Guzman, a supervisor at Kmart, provided his co-conspirators with information about a Kmart store, including the store's layout and the identity of the security guard. Guzman's co-conspirators robbed the store, using a fi...

United States v. Amaro-Santiago  
Date: May 31, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2065

Justia Opinion Summary: Operation Guard Shack began in 2008, focusing on Puerto Rico police officers who were suspected of accepting money from drug dealers in exchange for providing security during drug transactions. In 2010, as part of that o...

United States v. Montes-Fosse  
Date: May 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1779

Justia Opinion Summary: A U.S. Postal Service worker was delivering mail in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in her USPS vehicle when Soto approached. With a gun in hand, Soto demanded that the victim give him the packages in her vehicle. Soto took two o...

Lopez v. City of Lawrence, Massachusett
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1952
Jenkins v. Bergeron  
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: Jenkins was convicted in Massachusetts state court in 2005 of the first-degree murder of his cousin and was sentenced to life in prison. He did not testify. The state trial court denied Jenkins's motion for a new trial,...

Sarpong v. Holder, Jr.
Date: May 26, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1075
Pandit v. Lynch  
Date: May 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Pandits, citizens of India, have lived in the U.S. for 21 years. They reside in Massachusetts with their 19-year-old daughter, Pooja, who is a U.S. citizen. In 2009, DHS began removal proceedings on the grounds that...

United States v. Parigian  
Date: May 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1994

Justia Opinion Summary: Acting on “obviously nonpublic information” that a golfing buddy, McPhail, received from a corporate insider, Parigian made more than $200,000 trading in securities. A federal criminal securities fraud indictment alleged...

Morgan v. Lexington, MA
Date: May 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2174
US v. Serrano-Mercado
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1730
US v. Cruz-Pica
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1730
US v. Berrios-Bonilla
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1574
US v. Morosco
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1802
US v. Fitzpatrick
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1809
Olisky v. East Longmeadow, MA
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1814
Guerra-Carranza v. Lynch
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1227
Hochendoner v. Genzyme Corp.  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1446, 15-1447

Justia Opinion Summary: Fabry Disease, a rare genetic disorder, leaves afflicted persons unable to synthesize a key enzyme that helps the body break down fats. Untreated, Fabry patients suffer progressively more severe symptoms, including pain...

Adamo v. Genzyme Corporation
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1447
Morgan v. Town of Lexington  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2174

Justia Opinion Summary: R.M. was a 12-year-old middle school student in Lexington, when several students pulled him to the ground and beat him, repeatedly kicking and punching him in the head and stomach. The beating was captured on a video. Pr...

Tang v. Citizens Bank, N.A.  
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2003

Justia Opinion Summary: Tang began working at Citizens' Boston Commercial Real Estate Group in 2007. After applying for a position as a portfolio manager in the Technology Banking Group, Tang interviewed with Nackley in 2010, who had arranged t...

Lopez v. City of Lawrence, Massachusetts  
Date: May 18, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Boston and other Massachusetts communities and state employers, in selecting police officers for promotion to the position of sergeant in 2005 and 2008, adapted a test developed by a Massachusetts state agenc...

US v. Moon
Date: May 16, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2352
US v. Hudson
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2124
United States v. Fields  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2137

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment of sixty months. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court e...

United States v. Berrios-Bonilla  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1574

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two weapons possession counts and witness tampering. Appealing from a federal district court, Defendant argued that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions...

US v. Cancel-Zapata
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1711
Tuvell v. Int'l Business Machines, Inc.
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1914
US v. Cortes-Medina
Date: May 12, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1101
United States v. Morosco  
Date: May 12, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1802, 15-1809

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael McLaughlin, James Fitzpatrick, and Bernard Morosco, all of whom worked for a public agency responsible for providing low-income housing, were indicted for knowingly and unlawfully conspiring to defraud the United...

Villoldo v. Castro Ruz  
Date: May 12, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1808, 15-2080

Justia Opinion Summary: Two brothers were awarded a $2.79 billion judgment against the Republic of Cuba and other Cuban parties. The brothers subsequently sought to satisfy the federal judgment. The district court concluded that certain assets...

US v. Fitzpatrick
Date: May 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1809
Olisky v. East Longmeadow, MA
Date: May 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1814
Villoldo v. Computershare, Inc.
Date: May 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2080
Tillery v. Lynch  
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, overstayed her visa and was subjected to removal proceedings. Petitioner applied for special rule cancellation of removal for battered spouses, a relief provision e...

Castagnaro v. Bank of New York Mellon
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1195
Quilez-Velar v. Ox Bodies, Inc.
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1466
Fanning v. Fed. Trade Comm'n
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1520
Quilez-Velar v. Ox Bodies, Inc.
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1533
Massachusetts Delivery Ass’n v. Healey  
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1908

Justia Opinion Summary: The Massachusetts Delivery Association (MDA), a trade organization representing same-day delivery companies in Massachusetts, brought this suit on behalf of its members seeking a declaration that “Prong 2” of the Massach...

College Hill Props., LLC v. City of Worcester  
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2306

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were property owners who privately leased units in Worcester, Massachusetts to students from the College of the Holy Cross. Plaintiffs brought suit alleging that the City of Worcester engaged in a scheme, thro...

United States v. Hudson  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2124

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to possession of ammunition by a felon. The district court sentenced Defendant to a 216-month incarcerative term followed by five years of supervised release. Defendant...

Quilez-Velar v. Ox Bodies, Inc.  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1466, 15-1533

Justia Opinion Summary: Maribel Quilez-Bonelli died from injuries she received in an automobile accident with a truck used by employees of the Municipality of San Juan. The truck had fitted onto its trash body an underride guard designed by Ox...

Fanning v. Fed. Trade Comm'n  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1520

Justia Opinion Summary: John Fanning founded Jerk LLC (Jerk) and Jerk.com in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, Jerk operated Jerk.com. In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (Commission) filed an administrative complaint charging Jerk and Fanning with en...

Garcia v. Lynch  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1633

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, an Immigration Judge (IJ) entered an order of removal of Petitioner, a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic. In 2012, Petitioner reentered the United States unlawfully. Thereafter, Petitioner was charged...

Yamoah v. Holder
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1307
Federal Home Loan Bank of Bost v. Moody's Corporation
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2148
Holmes v. Spencer  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1216

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree in exchange for the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. Defendant subsequently filed a motion to revise or revoke under Mass. R....

Najas Realty, LLC v. Seekonk Water District
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1320
AngioDynamics, Inc. v. Biolitec AG  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1645

Justia Opinion Summary: This was Defendants’ fourth appeal from a lawsuit in which Plaintiff obtained a $23 million judgment based on an an indemnification clause in an agreement. Plaintiff sought to secure payment on that judgment by bringing...

Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1719
Walsh v. Teltech Systems, Inc.
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1987
Castillo Condo. Ass’n v. U.S. Dep’t of Housing & Urban Dev.  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-2139, 15-1223

Justia Opinion Summary: When Carlo Gimenez Bianco (Gimenez) refused to remove his emotional support dog from his condominium unit in violation of the Castillo Condominium Association’s “no pets” bylaw, the Association forced Gimenez to vacate a...

Fed. Home Loan Bank of Bost v. Moody's Corp.  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2148

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (Bank), a federally-chartered entity pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 1432(a), filed suit against multiple defendants, including Moody’s Corporation and Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (col...

United States v. Dunfee  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1031

Justia Opinion Summary: When he was arrested, Defendant confessed to allegations that he engaged in conduct sufficient to support convictions for the coercion and enticement of a minor and the sexual exploitation of a child. During a change-of-...

Najas Realty, LLC v. Seekonk Water Dist.  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1320

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs purchased a piece of land with plans to develop the property. In response to the opposition Defendants’ mounted to Plaintiffs’ plan, Plaintiffs filed suit, alleging violations of their constitutional rights pu...

Trafon Group, Inc. v. Butterball LLC  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1419, 15-1577

Justia Opinion Summary: Trafon Group, Inc., a Puerto Rico-based wholesale food distributor, filed suit in the District of Puerto Rico alleging that Butterball LLC breached an exclusive distribution agreement in violation of Puerto Rico’s Law 75...

CNE Direct, Inc. v. Blackberry Corp.  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, CNE Direct, Inc., a Massachusetts corporation that buys and resells bulk technological components, reached an agreement with the now-defunct Asset Recovery Associates Worldwide, Ltd. to purchase phone parts manu...

Walsh v. Teltech Systems, Inc.  
Date: May 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1987

Justia Opinion Summary: TelTech Systems, Inc.’s SpoofCard service, a prepaid minutes-based calling service, enables customers to disguise the phone number from which they place calls. In 2009, a customer placed several phone calls to Appellant...

Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Info. Network, Inc.  
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1719

Justia Opinion Summary: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. is an international media company that produces news and entertainment programming through a proprietary mobile software application (the “App”). Plaintiff downloaded and insta...

Proal v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1732
Mercury Sys., Inc. v. S’holder Representative Servs., Inc.  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2156

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a merger agreement, Sellers agreed to indemnity Buyer for the tax liabilities of the company being sold. The tax bills for indemnification purposes, however, were to be calculated as if certain deductions wer...

Pazol v. Tough Mudder Inc.  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1640

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants were business entities that organize physically challenging obstacle course events in locations throughout the United States. The four named Plaintiffs registered to participate in one of those events. Plainti...

LaPierre v. City of Lawrence  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1641

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a civil rights action against the City of Lawrence after being sexually assaulted by one of the City’s police officers. The City made a Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 offer of judgment that was silent as to whether...

Milward v. Rust-Oleum Corp.  
Date: April 25, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: Brian Milward and his wife sued, among other defendants, Rust-Oleum Corporation alleging that Defendants’ negligence caused Milward’s Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. To succeed against Rust-Oleum, the Milwards had the burd...

Murray v. Warren Pumps, LLC  
Date: April 25, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2133

Justia Opinion Summary: After he was terminated from his employment Plaintiff sued his former employer and its parent company (collectively, Defendants) alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its Massachusetts analog. Pl...

US v. Al Kabouni
Date: April 25, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1985
Acosta v. Lynch  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1810

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Colombia, sought to register permanent residence or adjust status. In support of his application, he submitted evidence, including a visa and Form I-94, that he was legally admitted to...

Sauceda v. Lynch  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2042

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Honduras who entered the United States illegally, conceded removability but requested cancellation of removal. An immigration judge held that Petitioner was not eligible for cancellati...

United States v. Milan-Rodriguez  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1233

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine and one count of possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Defendant was sentenced...

United States v. Perez  
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1234

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a guilty plea to several criminal counts related to his role in a cocaine-smuggling venture. The district court calculated Defendant’s guidelines sentencing range (GSR) as 135-168 months and imposed a s...

US v. Webster
Date: April 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1045
United States v. Hamilton  
Date: April 20, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2150

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to armed bank robbery and related firearm charges. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence seized during a warrantless search of a residence by police....

Guadalupe-Baez v. Police Officers A-Z  
Date: April 20, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2304

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was shot and wounded in the vicinity of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, after one of several police vehicles closely approached him. Plaintiff plausibly alleged that he had been shot by a police officer. Plaintiff fi...

United States v. Rodriguez-Milian  
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1976

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of participating in a conspiracy to import five or more kilograms of cocaine into the customs territory of the United States arising from his role in a scheme to fly drug shipm...

Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Herbert H. Landy Ins. Agency, Inc.  
Date: April 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1220

Justia Opinion Summary: Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica) insured Herbert H. Landy Insurance Agency (Landy) under a professional liability insurance policy. The policy required Utica to defend Landy in lawsuits arising from Landy’s provisi...

Reid v. Donelan  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-1270, 14-1803, 14-1823

Justia Opinion Summary: For aliens who have committed certain criminal or terrorist offenses, removal proceedings are mandatory under 8 U.S.C. 1226(c). Petitioner, a lawful permanent resident, committed such offenses. After being released from...

United States v. Webster  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Appellant was convicted of attempted gross sexual assault and solicitation of a child by computer. Thereafter, Appellant was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender. In 2012, Appellant pleaded guilty...

United States v. Ford  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1303

Justia Opinion Summary: Darlene Ford, her husband James Ford, and their two adult sons were all sentenced to prison for running an illicit, indoor marijuana farm. Among other crimes, the government indicted Darlene for letting James use her sem...

Gomez v. Rodriguez-Wilson  
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1538

Justia Opinion Summary: After Enrique Ojeda-Morales (Ojeda) died, his widow and his sister (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a negligence action against two doctors, including Dr. Jorge Rodriguez-Wilson (Dr. Rodriguez), and related medical facil...

United States v. Pabon  
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1850

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to violating the registration requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The district court sentenced Defendant to thirty months in prison and five years of supervised relea...

United States v. Georgiadis  
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-1993, 15-2194

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of thirteen counts - including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering - for participating in a multi-million dollar investment f...

In re Conde-Vidal  
Date: April 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, a group of individuals and advocacy groups, filed a petition challenging the constitutionality of Article 68 of the Civil Code of Puerto Rico and other laws of the Commonwealth that prohibit same-sex couples...

Flovac, Inc. v. Airvac, Inc.  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1571

Justia Opinion Summary: Flovac, Inc. and Airvac, Inc. both fabricate vacuum sewer systems. Flovac filed suit against Airvac seeking relief under both federal and Puerto Rico antitrust laws and alleging that Airvac’s conduct in marketing its vac...

United States v. Martinez-Hernandez  
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Numbers: 13-1450, 15-1254

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances within 1,000 feet of property comprising a school, public housing project, and/or playground. The district court sentenced...

United States v. Urbina-Robles  
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1530

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to carjacking and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The district court imposed a total sentence of 360 months’ imprisonment. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1...

United States v. Pedroza-Orengo  
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1247

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In keeping with the plea agreement, both parties recommended that the district court impose a low-end Guide...

Scotiabank de Puerto Rico v. Medina Lorenzo
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-9010
United States v. Gemma  
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2120

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in federal district court, Defendant was convicted of sex trafficking and transporting minors to engage in prostitution. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) Defendant’s argument that the indictment...

Escribano-Reyes v. Prof’l HEPA Certificate Corp.  
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1259, 15-1404

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a discrimination and retaliation suit against his Employer, alleging illegal harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Employer filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that it did not employ the mi...

Gangi v. US
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1285
United States v. Rodriguez-Caraballo  
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1369

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant, a police officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department, pleaded guilty to making a false declaration to a federal grand jury. In the plea agreement, the parties jointly calculate...

Escribano-Reyes v. Professional HEPA Certificate
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1404
Redondo Construction Corp. v. PR Highway and Transportation
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1817
Redondo Construction Corp. v. PR Highway and Transportation
Date: March 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1822
Casiano-Jimenez v. United States  
Date: March 29, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1496

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of conspiring to smuggle narcotics into the United States. Petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255 claiming that his trial counsel provided ineffective assista...

United States v. Cardona-Vicente  
Date: March 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1188

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Defendant appealed, challenging the di...

Gil-De La Madrid v. Bowles Custom Pools & Spa  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2340

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection, and the bankruptcy court set July 19, 2012 as the deadline for creditors to file unsecured claims. The case was dismissed on June 13, 2012 and reinstated on August 1,...

United States v. Torres-Estrada  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1324, 15-1325

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to two conspiracies - conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances within 1,000 feet of public housing and conspiracy to import controlled substances from the Dominican R...

US v. Torres-Estrada
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1325
Saldivar v. Racine  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1448

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was allegedly raped and assaulted by an officer of the Fall River Police Department. Plaintiff filed federal civil rights and state law negligence claims against the City of Fall River, Massachusetts, and Danie...

Berkowitz v. Berkowitz  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1503, 15-1529

Justia Opinion Summary: Father, a Florida resident, filed this diversity suit against Daughter, a Massachusetts resident, in the District of Massachusetts, alleging that Daughter, to whom he had given a power of attorney, breached her fiduciary...

Berkowitz v. Berkowitz
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1529
US v. Constant
Date: March 24, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1066
Santana-Diaz v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Date: March 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1273
Tersigni v. Wyeth  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1927

Justia Opinion Summary: During 1997, Appellant was prescribed Pondimin, a weight loss drug developed and sold by Wyeth and its subsidiaries and other affiliates (collectively, Wyeth). Appellant later filed suit against Wyeth, alleging that Pond...

Whyte v. Lynch
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2357
United States v. Sanchez  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1107

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm, reserving his right to appeal the denial of his motion to suppress. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in faili...

United States v. Montero-Montero  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1405

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found to be in violation of the conditions of his supervised release. The guideline sentencing range for this offense was six to twelve months, but the district court sentenced Appellant to a sixty-month te...

Aleman-Pacheco v. Universal Group, Inc.
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1565
United States v. Sepulveda-Hernandez  
Date: March 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1293

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of multiple crimes arising from his roles as the supplier to, part-owner of, and lessor of a drug-distribution network. The First Circuit reduced Appellant’s convictions to con...

US v. Martinez
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1584
US v. Rosario
Date: March 15, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1605
United States v. Rivera-Ortiz  
Date: March 14, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2323

Justia Opinion Summary: In a criminal prosecution in a New York district court, a federal grand jury indicted Appellant on drug-trafficking and money laundering charges. Appellant pleaded guilty to money laundering violations. The government, m...

Santana-Diaz v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.  
Date: March 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1273

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant participated in Shell Chemical Yabucoa, Inc.’s employee welfare benefit plan, which Shell provided through a group insurance policy issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife). On November 23, 2008,...

Doe No. 1 v. Backpage.com, LLC  
Date: March 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1724

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs - all minors at the relevant times - were all trafficked through advertisements posted on Backpage.com. Plaintiffs filed suit against Backpage, alleging that Backpage tailored its website to facilitate sex tra...

US v. Bulger
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2447
Barbosa v. Mitchell
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1926
Escobar Telles v. Lynch
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2155
United States v. Gaw  
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2242

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, an employee with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), was convicted of two counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by threats or violence. The conv...

RFF Family Partnership, LP v. Link Development, LLC
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1224
RFF Family Partnership, LP v. Link Development
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1510
Butler v. Mitchell  
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1739

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial in 2003, Petitioner was convicted of rape in a Massachusetts state court. The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed. In 2008, Petitioner sought a new trial claiming that his counsel on appeal had been ineff...

United States v. Bulger  
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2447

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, the former head of an organized crime syndicate in Boston, was found guilty of racketeering, the murder of eleven individuals, multiple instances of extortion and money...

US v. Velez-Luciano
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1738
Arroyo v. Colvin
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1855
Medina-Padilla v. US Aviation Underwriters, Inc.  
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1467

Justia Opinion Summary: Lopez & Medina Corp. (L&M) filed a lawsuit against several insurers for Patriot Air, LLC, alleging that the insurers were liable for L&M’s breach of contract claims against Patriot Air. The district court dismissed L&M’s...

Lang v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P.
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1543
Santos-Quiroa v. Lynch  
Date: March 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1685

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Petitioner crossed the U.S.-Mexican border in violation of United States law. The day after he entered the country, Petitioner was served an Order to Show Cause charging him as being deportable. An Immigration J...

United States v. Constant  
Date: March 3, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1066

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced Defendant to seventy-four months of imprisonment. Defendant appealed, challenging primarily the denial...

United States v. Chen  
Date: March 3, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2003

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of an investigation into the 2008 tax liability of Defendant and his wife, the IRS served a summons on Defendant requiring him to appear for an interview and to produce banking and financial records. Defendant re...

US v. Chen
Date: March 3, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2339
Mercado v. Commonwealth of P.R.  
Date: March 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1327

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and three other Puerto Rico governmental entities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, alleging that, in ordering her committed to a psychiatric hospital,...

American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union No. 7
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1531
American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union NO. 7
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1665
American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union NO. 7
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1705
American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union NO. 7
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1714
United States v. Vega  
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1794

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of fifty-eight criminal counts arising from her participation in a Medicare fraud scheme. Defendant appealed, alleging several procedural defects in the proceedings below and a...

United States v. Jordan  
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and several counts of mail and wire fraud. The district court sentenced Defendant to a thirty-month term of immurement for the fraud of...

Lang v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P.  
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1543

Justia Opinion Summary: While working for Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., Plaintiff claimed a disability arising from her “pregnancy status.” Plaintiff, however, claimed she could perform the essential functions of her job with a reasonable accommo...

Am. Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union No. 7  
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: 13-1531, 13-1665, 13-1705, 13-1714

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, five structural steel contractors filed a complaint against a local union - Labor Union No. 7 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers - alleging labor law vi...

American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union NO. 7
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1665
American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union NO. 7
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1705
American Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Local Union NO. 7
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1714
United States v. Velez-Luciano  
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1738

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Appellant was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment followed by fifteen years of supervised release. The terms of Appellant’s supervised release in...

Omar v. Lynch  
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1258

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Pakistan, was ordered removed in 2002. After Petitioner unsuccessfully appealed his removal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Petitioner filed a motion to reconsider, which th...

Bernardo v. Johnson
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1177
Fustolo v. 50 Thomas Patton Dr., LLC  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1340

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Fustolo’s affiliate companies issued four promissory notes to Patton Drive, LLC. Fustolo personally guaranteed two of the notes. When the principal debtors defaulted on all four notes, Patton drive sued Fustolo. T...

Granada-Rubio v. Lynch  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1752

Justia Opinion Summary: Elena Granada-Rubio and two of her sons illegally entered the United States. Granada-Rubio applied for asylum for herself and her two sons, as well as withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against To...

Chen v. Lynch  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1789

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of China, entered the United States without inspection. Petitioner was issued a notice to appear and conceded removability but sought asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under...

In re Loestrin 24 FE Antitrust Litig.  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-2071, 15-1250

Justia Opinion Summary: Warner Chilcott, a brand-name drug manufacturer that owns the patent covering Loestrin 24 Fe, and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which sought to introduce a generic version of Loestrin 24, entered into a settlement agreem...

Schwann v. FedEx Ground Package Sys., Inc.  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1214

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, individuals who contracted with FedEx to provide pick-up and delivery services, filed a complaint claiming that FedEx should have treated and paid them as employees rather than as independent contractors beca...

In Re: Loestrin 24 FE v.
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1250
United States v. Almonte-Reyes  
Date: February 18, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1934

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a hundred grams or more of heroin. At the time, Defendant had pending criminal charges in the Northern District of Georgia. The district court in Puerto Rico sentenced Def...

RFF Family Partnership, LP v. Link Dev., LLC  
Date: February 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1224

Justia Opinion Summary: This three-way dispute between Link Development, LLC (Link), BD Lending Trust (BD), and RFF Family Partnership LP (RFF) stemmed from an unauthorized conveyance of a mortgage to BD on commercial property in Massachusetts,...

United States v. Ibrahim  
Date: February 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1334

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for failure to register as a sex offender. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, claiming that Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act was unconstitutional (the SORNA motion)....

RFF Family Partnership, LP v. Link Development
Date: February 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1510
US v. Rivera-Clemente
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2275
Hamrick v. Glaxosmithkline, PLC  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1434

Justia Opinion Summary: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) fired Blair Hamrick after Hamrick told two Human Resources managers and several co-workers that he wanted to shoot some co-workers. Hamrick alleged that GSK had fired him in retaliation for initiati...

Stephanie C. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1531

Justia Opinion Summary: This benefits-denial case related to some charges incurred during M.G.’s stay at a residential/educational mental healthcare facility. Stephanie C., individually and on behalf of M.G., her minor son, brought this action...

Miranda-Rivera v. Toledo-Davila  
Date: February 12, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1535

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested for driving under the influence. Shortly after he was brought by Puerto Rico Police Department officers to the police station, he died in a holding cell. Defendant’s family members and estate filed...

Lalli v. General Nutrition Corp.  
Date: February 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1199

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was employed by Defendants as a store manager from 2009 through 2013. Defendant filed this suit challenging his compensation arrangement under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Massachusetts Minimum F...

Rowe v. Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.
Date: February 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1536
United States v. Rivera-Clemente  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: 13-2275

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting murder and aiding and abetting in the carrying and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death. The district court imposed a high-end guide...

Vargas-De Jesus v. United States  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1030

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within one thousand feet of a school and one count of conspiracy to do the same. Defendant later...

Town of Portsmouth v. Lewis  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1052

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island filed claims against various federal and state transportation agencies and officers in federal district court challenging tolls collected on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The Town allege...

United States v. Zarauskas  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1108

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of smuggling narwhal tusks into the United States, conspiracy to illegally import narwhal tusks into the United States, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money launder...

Valdez v. Lynch  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Petitioner, a citizen and native of the Dominican Republic, obtained permanent resident status after marrying an American citizen. In 2008, Petitioner and his wife divorced. In 2011, Petitioner was served with a...

P.R. Highway & Transp. v. Redondo Constr. Corp.  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1397

Justia Opinion Summary: Redondo Construction Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Through the proceedings, Redondo filed three complaints against the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority for money owed under construction con...

Martinez-Rivera v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1772
United States v. Tanguay  
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession of child pornography. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in refusing to suppress evidence that had been gathered in a police search of his home and computer. T...

Commodity Futures Trading Comm v. Wilson
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2173
United States v. Maymi-Maysonet  
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2183

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiring to possess and aiding and abetting to possess with intent to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine. Defendant was sentenced to 240 months in prison and ten yea...

Commodity Futures Trading Comm v. Wilson
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2224
Del Grosso v. Surface Transportation Board
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1069
Stamps v. Town of Framingham  
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1141

Justia Opinion Summary: Eurie Stamps, Sr., an innocent, elderly, African-American man, was shot by Paul Duncan, a local police officer, during a SWAT team raid executing a search warrant for drugs and drug-related paraphernalia belonging to two...

Bernardo v. Johnson
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1177
D'Agostino v. Baker  
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1433

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants in this case were family child care providers who were considered public employees for purposes of the statute authorizing employees in public service to organize for collective bargaining. A majority of the c...

United States v. Wetmore  
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1522

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person. When a forensic psychologist concluded that Appellant was no longer sexually dangerous, Appellant moved for a hearing to determine whether he satisfied the...

Sena Silva v. Lynch
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1526
US v. Tapley
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1601
US v. Tanguay
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2209
Falto-de Roman v. Municipal Government
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1470
Linton v. Saba  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2110

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed. Thereafter, Defendant filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal d...

Colon-Marrero v. Garcia-Velez  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1356, 15-1722

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Plaintiffs brought this action arguing that they were unlawfully removed from the Commonwealth’s active voter registry for having failed to vote in the 2008 election for Resident Commissioner. On interlocutory a...

Colon-Marrero v. Garcia Velez
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1722
Martinez-Rivera v. Commonwealth of P.R.  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1772

Justia Opinion Summary: After Plaintiff was terminated from her employment with Puerto Rico’s Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, she filed a federal-court suit alleging that Defendants discriminated against her because of her disability,...

United States v. Reyes-Rivera  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1712

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was the mastermind of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 230 investors out of over $22 million. Defendant pled guilty to bank fraud and to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The district court sentenced Defe...

Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Wilson  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-2173, 14-2224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed this commodity trading fraud action against John B. Wilson and JBW Capital LLC, alleging that Defendants were liable under the Commodity Exchange Act for failing to r...

Schiffmann v. United States  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2179

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard Schiffmann and Stephen Cummings were officers of ICOA, Inc. (ICOA), a corporation that struggled to stay current on federal trust fund tax - or payroll tax - obligations. After Schiffmann and Cummings were fired,...

United States v. Mulero-Diaz  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2207

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics. Defendant was sentenced to seventy months in prison and eight years of supervised release. While Defendant was on superv...

Commodity Futures Trading Comm v. Wilson
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2224
Bernardo v. Johnson  
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1177

Justia Opinion Summary: M&K Engineering, Inc. filed an I-140 Immigration Petition for Alien Worker for its employee. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) initially approved the visa petition. The Director of the USCIS...

Snyder v. Collura
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1384
Barbosa v. Mitchell  
Date: January 28, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1926

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the unlicensed possession of a firearm. The Supreme Judicial Court...

US v. Peter, Jr.
Date: January 28, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2126
Sena Silva v. Lynch
Date: January 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1526
Rivera-Carrasquillo v. Calderon-Lozano
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1047
United States v. Vazquez-Martinez  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1648

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a machine gun. The presentence report calculated Defendant’s Guidelines range as twenty-seven to thirty-three months’ imprisonment. After a sentencing hearing, the distri...

United States v. Diaz-Doncel  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1733

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to two counts of conspiracy to possess and aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of Maritime Drug...

United States v. Wright  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-2335, 14-2337

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted in a federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm and criminal contempt. Only a few years after his supervised release started, Defendant was arrested for theft and admitted to violat...

US v. Wright
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2337
Willette v. Univ. of Mass.  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1239

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator, an employee of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), sued UMMS alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and its Massachusetts counterpart. The district court dismissed Relator’s FCA cla...

Snyder v. Collura  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1384

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued the City of Waltham, Massachusetts and several of its officials alleging that Defendants conspired to deprive Plaintiff of his federal constitutional rights and alleging various violations of Massachusetts...

Carrasquillo-Ortiz v. American Airlines, Inc.
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1424
A Corp. v. All American Plumbing, Inc.  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1509

Justia Opinion Summary: A Corp., a Massachusetts plumbing corporation and franchisor, brought a trademark infringement action against All American Plumbing, Inc., an Arizona corporation with its principal place of business in Arizona, alleging...

Rivera-Carrasquillo v. Calderon-Lozano  
Date: January 25, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1047

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Rivera-Carrasquillo was injured when she was thrown from a horse during a guided ride she took at a ranch outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rivera and her husband filed a personal injury action in the federal distric...

Reyes-Orta v. P. R. Highway and Transp. Auth.  
Date: January 25, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2172

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed this action alleging that she was stripped of various job duties and eventually terminated from her job at the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority due to her affiliation with the Popular Demo...

United States v. Soto-Rivera  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1216

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. The district judge sentenced Defendant to 108 months’ imprisonment, determining that Defendant should be sentenced...

Thompson v. Lynch
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1858
Scott v. Gelb
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1953
United States v. Collins  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1292

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Prior to trial, Defendant moved unsuccessfully to suppress evidence found in the car in which Defendant was riding before he was arrested. Aft...

Carrasquillo-Ortiz v. American Airlines, Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1424

Justia Opinion Summary: Article 3 of Puerto Rico’s Law No. 80 requires companies that operate in Puerto Rico to pay a “mesada” - or a statutory severance - to employees who are terminated without “just cause.” Specifically, if the employer ter...

United States v. Prieto  
Date: January 20, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1325

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of mail fraud. At the sentencing hearing, the district court ordered Defendant to pay restitution to his victims in an amount of over $2 million. Defendant appealed, challengin...

United States v. Manso-Cepeda  
Date: January 20, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2068

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of aiding and abetting a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying his motion for acquittal. Specifically...

Harrington v. Simmons  
Date: January 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-9005

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition seeking to discharge nearly $3,500,000 in unsecured debt. The bankruptcy court denied Debtor a discharge, concluding that Debtor had not satisfactorily explained the dispositi...

US v. Rivera-Gonzalez
Date: January 14, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1402
Harrison v. Granite Bay Care, Inc.
Date: January 14, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1988
Global Tower Assets LLC v. Town of Rome
Date: January 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1140
US v. Ramos-Pineiro
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1462
Hurtado v. Lynch  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1751

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Honduras, was issued a notice to appear. Petitioner conceded removability and sought withholding of removal based on race, nationality, and membership in a particular social group. As...

Scott v. Gelb  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1953

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in a Massachusetts court, Appellant was convicted of murder in the first degree and other crimes. On appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), Appellant, who is African-American, argued...

Harrison v. Granite Bay Care, Inc.  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1988

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a social worker, worked for Appellee for several months. Appellant was fired for allegedly “creating disharmony in the workplace.” Appellant filed suit, alleging that Appellee illegally retaliated against her...

Giroux v. Fed. Nat’l Mortgage Ass’n  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1270

Justia Opinion Summary: Sharel Giroux executed a promissory note secured by a mortgage on her home. The mortgage and note were assigned to Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). Giroux filed suit in a New Hampshire state court cont...

Copia Commc’ns, LLC v. AMResorts, LP  
Date: January 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1330

Justia Opinion Summary: Copia Communications, LLC, a Massachusetts company, brought this action in federal district court in Massachusetts against Seawind Key Investments, Limited, a Jamaican resort operator, and Seawind’s alleged alter-ego, AM...

United States v. Rivera-Gonzalez  
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1402

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. The parties agreed to a total recomme...