2019 First Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

United States v. Tull-Abreu
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1364
US v. Vargas-Gonzalez
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1689
United States v. Morel
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1696
United States v. Colon-Rosario
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2122
United States v. Ortiz-Alvarez
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1452
AER Advisors Inc. v. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1884

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint against Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC for failure to state a claim, holding that First Circuit law barred Plaintiffs' clai...

United States v. Viloria-Sepulveda  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1152

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence to sixty months' imprisonment for illegal possession of a machine gun, holding that the sentence was neither procedurally nor substantively unreasonable. The sentence impo...

United States v. Gonzalez-Barbosa  
Date: April 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1688

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of ninety-seven months' imprisonment, holding that the district court did not err in calculating Defendant's criminal history category under the sentencing guidelines and t...

US v. Mohamed
Date: April 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1498
United States v. Mercedes Leon  
Date: April 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1600

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court accepting Defendant's straight guilty plea to the charging of illegal reentry of an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, 8 U.S.C. 132...

Starr Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. Mountaire Farms Inc.
Date: April 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1818
United States v. Pacheco  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1690

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed without prejudice Appellant's appeal arguing that his firearms conviction and sentence violated double jeopardy protections, holding that the record as presented did not permit evaluation of A...

US v. Sayer
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2065
United States v. Blewitt  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1356

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence for bank robbery, Hobbs Act robbery, and a related firearms offense, holding that Appellant's argument that the district court impermissibly considered Appellant's gender a...

United States v. Gonzalez-Calderon  
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1519

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ordering Appellant to pay mandatory restitution in connection with his conviction of crimes arising from a conspiracy to steer telecommunications contracts wi...

Alvarez-Mauras v. Banco Popular of PR
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1051
Aurelius Capital Master, Ltd. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1108
Assured Guaranty Corporation v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1165, 18-1166
United States v. Hood  
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1407

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for transporting child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(1), holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress and imposi...

United States v. Mohamed  
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1498

Justia Opinion Summary: In this sentencing appeal brought by the United States the First Circuit vacated Defendant's sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and remanded the case for resentencing, holding that Defendant's prior Ma...

Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Co. v. Mountaire Farms Inc.  
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1818

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion to dismiss this suit brought by the insurer (Insurer) of a chicken products manufacturer seeking damages from the manufacturer's c...

United States v. Ortiz-Mercado  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1383

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of seventy-one months' incarceration plus three years of supervised release in connection with his conviction for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon,...

Santana-Diaz v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1428

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed district court's grant of judgment in favor of Defendant Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife) on Plaintiff's suit challenging the denial of long-term disability (LTD) benefits for Plaintif...

United States v. Santana-Dones  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1930, 17-2113, 17-1970, 17-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: In this consolidated appeal, the First Circuit held that the district court did not err in concluding that the court that issued a wiretap warrant could have found the facts in the application to be at least minimally ad...

United States v. Brissette  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1254

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the decision of the district court granting Defendants' motion to dismiss the indictment against them for failing to satisfy the "obtaining of property" element of Hobbs Act extortion, holding t...

Zucker v. Rodriguez  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1749

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing the complaint brought by the plan administrator of R&G Financial Corporation (Administrator) alleging that negligence and breach of fiduciary dutie...

United States v. Cruz-Olavarria  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-1761, 17-1762

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence for violating conditions of supervised release related to an earlier conviction for possessing a machine gun, holding that Defendant's variant sentence for violating his co...

United States v. Corliss  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1942

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of ten counts of mail fraud and one count of embezzlement from an organization receiving federal-program benefits, holding that the district court did not err by improper...

United States v. Rang  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2019

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, holding that the district court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to suppress statem...

Aurelius Capital Master, Ltd. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1108

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought by Puerto Rico general obligation bondholders (Bondholders), the First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of the Bondholders' complaint seeking injunctive and declaratory relief claiming...

Assured Guaranty Corp. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1165, 18-1166

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Appellants' amended complaint in an adversary proceeding arising within the debt adjustment proceeding that the Financial Oversight and Management...

United States v. Rodriguez  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1287

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the holding of the district court that Defendant had twice violated the conditions of his supervised release and sentencing Defendant to an eighteen-month term of immurement, to be followed by...

Fawcett v. Citizens Bank, N.A.  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1443

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing this putative class action against a bank after concluding that the bank's "Sustained Overdraft Fees" for overdrawn checking accounts were not "int...

United States v. Pothier  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1561

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed Defendant's conviction for knowingly possessing child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(4)(B), holding that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Def...

United States v. Martinez-Mercado  
Date: March 25, 2019
Docket Numbers: 16-2116, 17-2121

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of conspiracy to deprive a person of civil rights and sentence of eighty-seven months in prison, holding that the evidence was sufficient to sustain Defendant's convictio...

Alvarez-Mauras v. Banco Popular of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1051

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1962, 1964, the First Circuit affirmed the district court's ruling dismissing Plaintiff's claims against all defendants,...

United States v. Garcia-Zavala  
Date: March 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1350

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss and motion to suppress, which Defendant filed before he was convicted of legal reentry after removal from the United States, holding...

US v. Vargas-Santiago
Date: March 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1504
Algonquin Gas Transmission v. Weymouth Conservation Comm.
Date: March 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1686
Pagan-Gonzalez v. Moreno  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2214

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated in part the district court's grant of Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint, holding that the warrantless search in this case violated the Fourth Amendment because the circumstance...

Ramos-Santiago v. WHM Carib LLC  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's partial entry of summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiff's age discrimination claim and his family's derivative tort claims and the denial of Plaintiff's motio...

United States v. Berrios-Miranda  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1543

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's request to challenge the reliability of his victim's testimony by cross-examining the victim at Defendant's resentencing hearing, holding...

United States v. Rivera-Santiago  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1763

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to forty-eight months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm, holding that Defendant's variant sentence was not procedurally unrea...

LimoLiner, Inc. v. Dattco, Inc.  
Date: March 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1800

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the holding of the magistrate judge that Defendant, a repair company, was not liable under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A, holding that Plaintiff, LimoLiner, Inc., did not meet its burd...

US v. Smith
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1109
Migrant Health Center, Inc. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1783

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court ruling that the automatic stay provision of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) did not apply to proceedings to determine...

United States v. Santiago-Colon  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 15-2088

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction of three counts of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, holding that Defendant’s sentence was both procedurally and substantively reaso...

Villeneuve v. Avon Products, Inc.  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the orders of the district court judge’s rulings dismissing Plaintiff’s sexual orientation discrimination claim and granting summary judgment for Defendant on Plaintiff’s unjust discharge and a...

Hoffman-Garcia v. Metrohealth, Inc.  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1544

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting judgment as a matter of law to Defendant-employer on Plaintiff’s age discrimination claims and Puerto Rico law claims and granting in part Defendant’...

Algonquin Gas Transmission v. Weymouth Conservation Commission  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1686

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court ruling that the Town of Weymouth’s local ordinance, as applied to a project in which Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC sought to build a natural gas compressor...

US Bank, N.A. v. HLC Escrow, Inc.
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1121
Calandro v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1637

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that the actions of Defendant, a claims-management firm, did not constitute unfair claims settlement practices under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 176D, hold...

United States v. Smith  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1109

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress and sentencing Defendant, holding that the evidence was not obtained in violation of Defendant’s Fourth Amendment right...

Wanjiku v. Barr  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1675

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition seeking review of an order by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying her motion to reopen removal proceedings based on changed country conditions within Kenya, holdi...

Bekele v. Lyft, Inc.  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2109

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss this putative class action in favor of arbitration of Plaintiff’s claim in his individual capacity after concluding tha...

Muhoro v. Barr
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1325
United States v. Ackies  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1478

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction and sentence for two counts of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base, holding, among other things, that the district cour...

Tay-Chan v. Barr  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1973

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for judicial review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner’s untimely filed motion to reopen, holding that the BIA did not abuse its di...

United States v. Rodriguez-Rivera  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1975

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court dismissing aggravated identity theft counts against three doctors and three employees of a durable medical equipment supplier in Puerto Rico, holding that the mo...

Miller v. Sunapee Difference, LLC  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1409

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury action, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) after treating it, under Fed. R. Civ. P....

United States v. Tanguay  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1271

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress incriminating evidence found during a search and seizure by a local police officer after approaching Defendant, who was...

Rinsky v. Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1302

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court entering judgment against Defendant on Plaintiff’s discrimination action and awarding Plaintiff compensatory and punitive damages, holding that the district c...

United States v. Rosado-Cancel  
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2195

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Appellant’s motion to dismiss the indictment against him on double jeopardy and issue preclusion grounds, holding that the Double Jeopardy Clause had no applicati...

Garcia v. Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, United States Department of Labor  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1225

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review of the decision of the U.S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board (Board) affirming an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) denial of attorney’s fees and costs to...

United States v. Santiago-Colon  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2509

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed an vacated the order of the district court granting Defendant’s motion to suppress identification evidence and giving preclusive effect to a Puerto Rico Court of Appeals’ order suppressing the...

United States v. Owens  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction of interstate domestic violence and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and sentence of life imprisonment, holding that there was no reas...

Ms. S. v. Regional School Unit 72, Ms. S. v. ME Dep't of Education
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2214, 18-1004
Aja v. Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1026
GGNSC Chestnut Hill LLC v. Schrader  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1779

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning arbitration agreements, nursing homes, and wrongful death claims under Massachusetts law, the First Circuit certified questions to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) under its Rule 1:0...

United States v. Sayer  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2065

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Appellant’s revocation sentence, holding that the district court’s upwardly-variant sentence following revocation was neither procedurally nor substantively unreasonable and that the district c...

Gray v. Cummings  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1303

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s entry of summary judgment for Defendants in this case, holding that an objectively reasonable police officer in May 2013 could have concluded that a single use of a Taser t...

Kelly v. Liberty Insurance Corp.  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1614

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Liberty Mutual Insurance Corporation on Brendan Kelly’s claim that Liberty was bound to provide uninsured motorist coverage for his be...

Mendez-Nunez v. Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1773, 18-1777

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ complaint against the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (Board) and its members and executive director alleging that the Boa...

Easthampton Congregational Church v. Church Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1881

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a Church on its lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that its claim filed pursuant to its property insurance policy with an Insuranc...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medina v. Whitaker
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1138
Tyler v. Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1256

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s action on the grounds that the lawsuit was, in essence, an appeal from a state-court judgment, and therefore, the court lacked jurisdic...

Roy v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed in part and affirmed in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment to all Defendants on Plaintiff’s claims of discrimination, unlawful retaliation, and violations of the Equal Protecti...

Miceli v. JetBlue Airways Corp.  
Date: January 28, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1345

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Employer on Plaintiff’s claims alleging handicap discrimination and retaliation under Massachusetts state law, holding t...

Torres v. Bella Vista Hospital, Inc.  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 16-2316

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court rejecting Plaintiffs’ motion to set aside an earlier federal district court decision granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiffs’ claims se...

United States v. Marrero-Perez  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1346

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s sentence and remanded this matter for resentencing, holding that no weight should be given in sentencing to arrests listed in the presentence report (PSR) that did not result in conv...

United States v. Musso  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1260

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court’s pretrial dismissal of four charges of violations of the National Firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. 5801 et seq. brought against Defendant, reinstated those counts, and remanded...

Hogan v. SPAR Group, Inc.  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying SPAR Group, Inc.’s motion to compel arbitration in this case brought by Paradise Hogan against SPAR Business Services, Inc. (SBS) and SPAR, holding th...

Agustin v. Whitaker  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1469

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review of the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upholding the immigration judge’s (IJ) denial of Petitioner’s application for both withholding of removal a...

Burgos-Yantin v. Municipality of Juana Diaz
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: 14-1359
United States v. Martinez-Benitez  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1393

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant’s sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to possessing a firearm despite his status as a felon, holding that Defendant’s prior Puerto-Rico law conviction was not a “con...

Alvarado v. Whitaker  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1572

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversing the order of an immigration judge (IJ) granting Petitioner cancellation of removal under the N...

Medina v. Whitaker  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1138

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition for review seeking to appeal an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner’s motion to reopen his immigration proceedings as untimely, holding that t...

Kuznarowis v. Tobey Hospital
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1662
United States v. Chin  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2048

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the district court’s order granting Appellants’ motion to intervene in an ongoing criminal trial but otherwise denying in substantial part Appellants’ motion to unseal requested information rega...

US v. Ponzo
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2153, 17-2188, 17-2154
United States v. Contreras-Delgado  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1962

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court sentencing Defendant to forty-six months’ imprisonment in connection with Defendant’s plea of guilty to a charge of possessing a machine gun, holding that the...

United States v. Bravo-Fernandez  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1358, 18-1370

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the convictions of Defendants Juan Bravo-Fernandez and Hector Martinez-Maldonado (Martinez) for federal program bribery, holding that the government did not meet its burden of establishing that...

Hernandez-Martinez v. Whitaker
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1381
Rivera-Colon v. AT&T Mobility Puerto Rico, Inc.  
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2036

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court finding that an arbitration agreement between the parties in this case was enforceable, granting AT&T Mobility Puerto Rico, Inc.’s (AT&T) motion to compel arbitr...

Garcia-Aguilar v. Sessions  
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1086

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner’s petition seeking judicial review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying her motion to reopen removal proceedings, holding that the BIA did not commit an erro...

Scottsdale Insurance Co. v. Byrne  
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1526

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court ruling that Scottsdale Insurance Company (Scottsdale) breached its duty to defend the Wellesley Advisory Reality Fund, I, LLC (WARF) in a prior action and awa...

Guilfoile v. Shields  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1610

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated and remanded in part the district court’s dismissal of Appellant’s complaint claiming that he was fired from his job in retaliation for accusing his employer of violating th...

Garcia-Tatupu v. Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-2179
United States v. Calderon-Lozano  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1977

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed by the district court in connection with Defendant’s conviction of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, holding that the sentence was both procedurally and substanti...

Gyamfi v. Whitaker  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1093

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied and dismissed Petitioner’s petition challenging the Board of Immigration Appeals’s (BIA) denial of her motion to reopen and the BIA’s decision not to exercise its sua sponte authority to reopen h...

Chavez-Mendez v. Whitaker
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1538
United States v. Rios-Rivera  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 15-2116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction and sentence for transporting a minor to a hotel in Puerto Rico with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with her, in violation of the Mann Act, 18 U.S.C. 24...

United States v. Aybar-Ulloa  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 15-2377

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s convictions of two counts of drug trafficking in international waters while aboard a stateless vessel in violation of the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA), 46 U.S.C. 70501-...

Walker v. Medeiros
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1479
United States v. Ponzo  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-2153, 17-2188, 17-2154

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant on twelve federal criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, Defendant’s lengthy prison sentence, and...

PREP Tours, Inc. v. American Youth Soccer Organization  
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1223

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s contract and tort claims for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding that the federal court in Puerto Rico lacked personal jurisdiction ove...

Blue v. Medeiros  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1066

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Petitioner’s petition for habeas corpus relief as time-barred under the one-year statute of limitations set forth in the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA),...