2020 First Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Zabala-de Jesus v. Sanofi Aventis PR, Inc.
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1852
US v. McLellan
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2032
Diaz Ortiz v. Barr
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1620
Paraflon Investments, Ltd. v. Fullbridge, Inc.  
Date: May 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1913

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ruling against Paraflon Investments, Ltd. on its state-law misrepresentation claims against Fullbridge, Inc. and its principals, Peter Olson and Candice Olson...

United States v. Lopez-Soto  
Date: May 21, 2020
Docket Numbers: 17-1663, 17-1680, 17-1668, 17-1679

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for three Hobbs Act robberies, conspiring to commit a Racketeer Influenced an Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violation, and other offenses but vacated the district cou...

Thompson v. Barr  
Date: May 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1823

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner's motion to reopen sua sponte his immigration proceedings, holding that the BIA departed from his settled course of adju...

United States v. McLellan  
Date: May 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2032

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions of securities and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the...

Diaz Ortiz v. Barr  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1620

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the immigration judge's decision denying Petitioner's claims for asylum, withholding of remova...

Sacilowski v. Saul  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1712

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court finding that Plaintiff was disabled as defined under 20 C.F.R. 404.1520 and awarding her benefits, holding that there was very strong evidence of Plaintiff's dis...

Zabala-de Jesus v. Sanofi Aventis PR, Inc.  
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1852

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment for Defendants on Plaintiff's claim under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. 621-634, holding that Defendan...

Rosie D. v. Baker
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1262
Geoffroy v. Town of Winchendon  
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1573

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for Defendants on Plaintiff's age discrimination and Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) claims, holding that Plaintiff's O...

GGNSC Chestnut Hill LLC v. Schrader  
Date: May 11, 2020
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 affirmed the judgment of the district court compelling arbitration after first certifyin...

Lopez-Lopez v. Robinson School  
Date: May 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1386

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court entering summary judgment against Plaintiff and dismissing her complaint asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discriminati...

United States v. Perez-Couvertier  
Date: May 7, 2020
Docket Number: 16-2186

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances in a protected area and conspiring to distribute controlled substances in a protected area, holding that the...

Lee v. Conagra Brands, Inc.  
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: 17-2131

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing, for failure to state a claim, Plaintiff's complaint alleging that, by labeling Wesson brand vegetable oil (Wesson Oil) "100% Natural," Conagra Bra...

Borras-Borrero v. Corp del Fondo del Seguro del
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1769
US v. Alexander
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1896
Imamura v. General Electric Company
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1457
Coffey v. NH Judicial Ret. Plan
Date: May 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1908
Shea v. Ditech Financial LLC
Date: May 4, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1699
Rosie D. v. Baker  
Date: May 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1262

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit issued this narrow opinion in response to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's appeal from the district court's denial of its "Motion Regarding Substantial Compliance and To Terminate Monitoring and Cour...

Borras-Borrero v. Corporacion del Fondo del Seguro del Estado  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1769

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging that Defendants, his former employer along with its administrators, conspired to deprive him of his First, Fourth, F...

Sutarsim v. Barr  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1937

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition seeking review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) denial of her untimely motion to reopen her family's removal proceedings, holding that the BIA's denial of Petition...

Dantzler, Inc. v. S2 Services Puerto Rico, LLC  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2087, 18-2089

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the district court's order denying in part Defendants' motions to dismiss this suit brought Plaintiffs, a putative class of shippers who use the services of ocean freight carriers to import good...

Brandt v. Fitzpatrick
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1174
Gomes v. Silva  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1656

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that, under the highly deferential standard prescribed by the Antiterrorism and Effective De...

United States v. Lopez  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1418

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the imposition of a role-in-the-offense enhancement in connection with Defendant's conviction for racketeering conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18...

United States v. Alexander  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1896

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's motion to dismiss the indictment and affirmed the sentence imposed, holding that the district court correctly denied the motion to dismiss...

United States v. Rosario-Perez  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Numbers: 14-1692, 14-2098, 14-1870, 14-1919

Justia Opinion Summary: In these cases against four defendants - Manuel De Jesus Rosario-Perez (Rosario), Jorge Gomez-Gonzalez (Gomez), Bryant Setiawan-Ramos (Setiawan), and Santiago Hernandez-Rosa (Hernandez) - the First Circuit affirmed the v...

De Pena-Paniagua v. Barr  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2100

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that the requirements for establishing membership in a particular social group in support of a request for asylum or withholding of removal do not categorically preclude applicants from successfull...

Imamura v. General Electric Co.  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1457

Justia Opinion Summary: In this class action lawsuit stemming from the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) in Japan, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Distr...

In re Pimentel-Soto  
Date: April 23, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1967

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court's order sanctioning Attorney for failing to appear at a status conference, holding that where Attorney was fined without first being given a chance to show cause or explain h...

Brandt v. Fitzpatrick  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment against Appellant and dismissing his race discrimination and retaliation claims against the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC), holding that A...

Hourihan v. Bitinas
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1708
Coffey v. New Hampshire Judicial Retirement Plan  
Date: April 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1908

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that the New Hampshire Judicial Retirement Plan (Plan) does not allow a former judge who resigned with sufficient years of creditable service, but before reaching the minimum retirement age, to rec...

Trahan v. Wayfair Maine LLC  
Date: April 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1961

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Employer in this disability discrimination case brought by Plaintiff, a former employee, holding that the district court...

Suero-Algarin v. HIMA San Pablo Caguas  
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: 17-1851

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of HIMA San Pablo Caguas's motion for judgment as a matter of law as well as its remitted verdict after a jury found HIMA responsible for ten percent of Plaintiff's...

Zell v. Ricci  
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-1372, 18-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's case against various defendants, holding that the district court did not err in dismissing Plaintiff's fede...

United States v. Diaz-Rivera  
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1461

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's upwardly variant sentence for one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of using a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, holding...

Dyer v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 15-2421

Justia Opinion Summary: In this lawsuit arising out of a foreclosure sale the First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Edythe Dyer's claims arguing that U.S. Bank was not a proper party to utilize the statutory power of sale, ho...

Hayden v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A.  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 16-2274

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit summarily affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims that HSBC Bank USA, N.A. could not foreclose on their property under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 244, 14 and that the mortgage encumbering...

US v. Garcia-Mojica
Date: April 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1265
Chen v. United States Sports Academy, Inc.  
Date: April 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1382

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of the complaint in this case for want of jurisdiction, holding that personal jurisdiction could not constitutionally be exercised over Defendant in Massachusetts...

Boudreau v. Shaw's Supermarkets Inc.
Date: April 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1754
Cortes-Ramos v. Martin-Morales  
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1358

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's claims alleging violations of federal copyright law and various Puerto Rico laws, holding that the district...

United States v. Vaello-Madero  
Date: April 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1390

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit declared that exclusion of otherwise eligible residents of Puerto Rico from receiving the disability benefits that are granted to persons residing in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, and the...

Castagna v. Jean  
Date: April 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1677

Justia Opinion Summary: In this lawsuit brought against three Boston police officers who were involved in breaking up a party and arresting Plaintiffs, the First Circuit reversed the judgment for Plaintiffs, holding that the officers were entit...

Boudreau v. Shaw's Supermarkets Inc.  
Date: April 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1754

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of summary judgment in favor of the Saco, Maine Shaw's Supermarket on Plaintiff's claim that Shaw's owed a duty to protect its patrons from foreseeable harm and that...

Newton Covenant Church v. Great American Insurance Co.  
Date: April 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1826

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiffs' breach of contract action against Defendant, their insurer, holding that the district court properly dismissed for failure to state a c...

United States v. Garcia-Mojica  
Date: April 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1265

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of 100 months of imprisonment imposed for his convictions of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and illegal possession of a machine gun, holding that the senten...

In re Ocular Therapeutix Inc.  
Date: April 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1557

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint alleging that Defendants intentionally or recklessly misled investors about Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.'s manufacturing problems the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Pla...

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. v. Keach  
Date: April 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1894

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a byproduct of litigation stemming from the derailment of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. (MMA) freight train carrying crude oil in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the First Circuit affirmed the district c...

US v. Frey, Penobscot Nation v. Frey, Penobscott Nation v. Frey, Penobscot Nation v. Howland, Me
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Numbers: 16-1424, 16-1435, 16-1474, 16-1482
NuVasive, Inc. v. Day  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1611

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting a preliminary junction to Defendant's former employer (Plaintiff), a healthcare company incorporated in Delaware, that enforced a nonsolicitation cla...

United States v. Smith  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1615

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court denying Defendant's request for a sentence reduction under Section 404 of the First Step Act of 2018, holding that the district court erred in finding that Defen...

Norton v. Rodrigues  
Date: April 7, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1784

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed this interlocutory appeal for lack of appellate jurisdiction and remanded the matter to the district court, holding that Appellant's challenge to the district court's denial of summary judgmen...

Perrier-Bilbo v. United States  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2085

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the United States and the Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (collectively, the Government)...

US v. Silvia
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1412
US v. Melo
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2147
Saccoccia v. United States  
Date: April 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1361

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's 2018 complaint seeking vacated of a forfeiture order and return of his forfeited property, holding that Honeycutt v. United States, 137...

United States v. Arce-Calderon  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, holding that the sentence was both procedurally and substantiv...

United States v. Fuentes-Moreno  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1907

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court giving Defendant a consecutive 144-month sentence for two robbery convictions rather than making the sentence concurrent with another sentence he was already...

Clarendon National Insurance Co. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co.  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1212

Justia Opinion Summary: In this diversity case, the First Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of summary judgment against Clarendon National Insurance Company's claim that Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company breached its contract w...

Lyman v. Baker  
Date: March 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2235

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellants' complaint challenging the constitutionality of the winner-take-all method for selecting presidential electors that the Commonwealth of...

United States v. Gordon  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1277

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering, holding t...

United States v. Melo  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2147

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for one count of conspiracy and one count of structuring the export of monetary transactions, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Defendant's conv...

Amrhein v. eClinical Works, LLC  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1429

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that Plaintiffs, patients whose healthcare providers used eClinicalWorks, LLC (ECW) software to record and store their medical records, lacked standin...

United States v. Altvater  
Date: March 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1101

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions of three counts of securities fraud for insider trading, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on any of his claims. Specifically, the First Circuit held (1...

Squeri v. Mount Ida College  
Date: March 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1624

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaint alleging that Defendants knew that Mount Ida College was on the brink of insolvency but concealed...

Lanza v. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority  
Date: March 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2057, 18-2181

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the handling of brokerage accounts the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the federal district court dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint against the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) f...

Melo v. City of Somerville  
Date: March 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1337

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the district court's decision granting summary judgment to the City of Somerville, Massachusetts and dismissing Plaintiff's claim that the City unlawfully forced him to retire as a police office...

City of Providence v. United States Department of Justice  
Date: March 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ruling in favor of the Rhode Island municipalities on their suit seeking to invalidate the conditions that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) impos...

Ebbe v. Concorde Investment Services, LLC  
Date: March 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1819

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court confirming a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitral award denying certain claims against Concorde Investment Services, LLC, holding that the...

Corporacion de Servicios v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1202

Justia Opinion Summary: Given the fundamental change in the facts of this case since the appeal was first filed and briefed the First Circuit remanded this action to the district court for reconsideration of its ruling dismissing the claims as...

Union of Concerned Scientists v. United States Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1383

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from a directive issued by the EPA that prohibits EPA grant recipients from sitting on the EPA's twenty-two scientific advisory committees the First Circuit reversed in part the judgment of the distr...

Capitol Specialty Ins. Corp. v. Higgins
Date: March 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1496
United States v. Silvia  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1412

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for a new trial, in which Defendant sought to vacate seventeen convictions that he received and that resulted from two separate tri...

Jalbert v. Zurich Services Corp.  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2244

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's suit to recover unreimbursed defense costs that a forme...

Photographic Illustrators Corp. v. Orgill, Inc.  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1452

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Orgill, Inc. in this case alleging copyright infringement claims, holding that a copyright licensee given the unrestricted right to gr...

Johnson v. Johnson  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1719

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal concerning whether a settlement contract under Rhode Island law was formed after a personal injury lawsuit was filed the First Circuit certified to the Rhode Island Supreme Court the question of what is th...

Caniglia v. Strom  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1764

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that the special measure of constitutional protection to which police officers, in the motor vehicle context, performing community care taking functions are entitled extends to police officers perf...

da Silva v. de Aredes  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-2100, 19-2217

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decisions of the district court ordering the return of A.C.A., the child that Mother "wrongfully removed" from Brazil, holding that the district court did not err in finding that the two af...

Capitol Specialty Insurance Corp. v. Higgins  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1496

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ruling for Plaintiff on her action brought under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 93A and ch. 176D and awarding trebled damages in the amount of...

Keach v. New Brunswick Southern Railway Co. Ltd.  
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising out of a petition for bankruptcy filed by the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) the First Circuit affirmed the decision of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) upholding the judgment of the ban...

Molina v. Barr  
Date: March 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1965

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition for review of the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner's motion to reopen his immigration case, holding that the BIA did not abuse its discreti...

United States v. Colon-Maldonado  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1388

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's sentence of thirty months in federal prison for violating the terms of his supervised release, holding that the district judge misapplied the Guidelines in concluding that Defendant'...

United States v. Garcia-Cartagena  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1629

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of more than three years in prison imposed in connection with his violation of supervised release, holding that the district court did not commit reversible error when she...

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. v. Lavin
Date: March 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1638
ML-CFC 2007-6 Puerto Rico v. BPP Retail Properties, LLC  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1405

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court designating a magistrate judge to "hear and determine" under 28 U.S.C.(b)(1)(A) a motion to appoint a receiver over certain commercial properties that were the...

United States v. Gomera-Rodriguez  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1605

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence entered upon Defendant's guilty plea to one count of possessing child pornography, holding that the district court's decision not to impose a below-guidelines sentence was...

United States v. Larson  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-1924, 18-1985

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession of child pornography, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motions to suppress and for a hearing pursuant to Franks v. Delawar...

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. v. Lavin  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1638

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the entry of a preliminary injunction enforcing a covenant not to compete included in a restrictive covenant agreement (RCA) that Appellant signed in 2017, holding that the district court did n...

Littlefield v. Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: 16-2484

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the order of the district court finding that the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) incorrectly approved the taking of two areas of land into trust for...

ITyX Solutions AG v. Kodak Alaris, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1658

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court against Kodak Alaris, Inc. based on the jury finding that Kodak was in breach of its contractual obligation to ITyX Solutions AG except as to the calculation...

Nolasco-Yok v. Barr
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1402
Arruda v. Zurich American Insurance Co.  
Date: February 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1247

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the First Circuit directed entry of summary judgment for Zurich American Insurance Company, holding that Zurich's decision to deny the insured's claim was supported by substantial evidence. De...

United States v. Aboshady  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1232

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for one count of conspiracy to make false statements and to conceal in connection with healthcare benefit programs and two counts of false statements in connection with...

US v. James
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1244
Gao v. Barr  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1694

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the denial by an immigration judge (IJ) of his applications for asylum, withholding of removal, an...

United States, ex rel. Banigan & Templin v. Pharmerica, Inc.  
Date: February 19, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1487

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing this qui tam action under the False Claims Act (FCA) against PharMerica, Inc. under the public disclosure bar, holding that relator James Banigan f...

US v. Gonzalez
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1597
Arevalo v. Barr  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1834

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied two petitions for judicial review challenging the orders of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) first finding that Petitioner was not entitled to asylum, withholding of removal, or CAT protect...

Robinson v. Town of Marshfield  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment on Appellant's federal law claims under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, and on the state-law claims for discrimination, retaliation bas...

In re Lantus Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2086

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that Sanofi-Aventis U.S., LLC improperly submitted a patent for listing in "the Orange Book" and that Sanofi was potentially liable under the antitrust laws to drug purchasers who were allegedly ha...

US v. Vega-Martinez
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-1189, 18-1395, 18-1258
United States v. Baez-Martinez  
Date: February 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1289

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) sentence, holding that the district court did not err in determining that Defendant's prior conviction for second-degree murder and two prior convic...

Furtado v. Oberg  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1245

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court entering summary judgment against Plaintiff Jay Furtado and in favor of Defendants, attorney Amy Page Oberg and the law firm DarrowEverett LLP, and dismissing...

Dewitt v. Stewart  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 18-9007

Justia Opinion Summary: In this bankruptcy case, the First Circuit vacated the decision of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) and remanded with instructions that the case be returned to the bankruptcy court, holding that the bankruptcy court...

United States v. Vega-Martinez  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-1189, 18-1395, 18-1258

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendants of mail fraud and violations of section one of the Sherman Act, holding that Defendants were not entitled to reversal of their convictio...

Theidon v. Harvard University  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1279

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Plaintiff's claims of sex discrimination and retaliation on summary judgment and declining Plaintiff's request to alter or amend that ruling under Fed...

United States v. Gonzalez  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1597

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's federal drug-trafficking conviction and his twenty-year mandatory minimum recidivist sentence, holding that Defendant's claims on appeal lacked merit. A federal grand jury sitting...

Employees Retirement System v. Andalusian Global Designated, Employees Retirement System  
Date: January 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1699, 19-1700

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Title III court granting summary judgment against Bondholders, who owned bonds issued in 2008 by the Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Pue...

US v. Veloz
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 17-2136
PC Puerto Rico, LLC v. Empresas Martinez Valentin Corp.  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal of a bankruptcy court's decision on the merits of all the claims before it the First Circuit dismissed in part Appellant's appeal from the district court's decision affirming the bankruptcy court rulings a...

Daoud v. Barr  
Date: January 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1283

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed Petitioner's petition for review of a decision of the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) rejecting reopening and reconsideration of denial of relief from removal, holding that the limitations...

US v. Granados-Ortiz
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1354
Santana-Vargas v. Banco Santander Puerto Rico  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1990

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants on Plaintiff's Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. 621, and relinquishing supplemental jurisdiction...

Chum v. Coyne-Fague  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2028

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court decision denying Appellant's petition for habeas corpus relief, holding that the state court's evaluation of Appellant's constitutional claim was not contrary to, nor involve...

Martinez v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada  
Date: January 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2127

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada finding that Sun Life properly permitted an offset of Appellant's benefits under tis employer-sponsored long-...

United States v. Veloz  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 17-2136

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for conspiracy to commit kidnapping in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1201(c), for which Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment, holding that Defendant's challenges to his...

United States v. Bregu  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1643

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress. Th...

Paul v. Murphy  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2115

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to the Administrator of the United States General Services Administration (GSA) and dismissing the discrimination and retaliation cl...

Lambert v. Fiorentini  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the district court entered judgment for the pleadings on all of Plaintiff's claims, holding that Plaintiff's state certiorari claim did not fail to s...

US v. Aybar-Ulloa
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: 15-2377
United States v. Carpentino  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1969

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to su...

O'Brien v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1143

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Plaintiff's claims alleging that Defendants violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 93A, and the Massachusetts Fair Debt Collec...

APB Realty, Inc. v. Georgia-Pacific LLC  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1311

Justia Opinion Summary: In this breach of contract action the First Circuit affirmed as not clearly erroneous the district court's judgment in favor of Defendant after a bench trial finding no binding contract between the parties, holding that...

Hoolahan v. IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.  
Date: January 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1444

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant's motion to vacate an arbitrator's award, holding that Appellant's attack on the merits of the arbitral award was unavailing. IBC Advanced...

United States v. Rodriguez-Pacheco  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1391

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed Defendant's conviction, holding that the district court erred in denying Defendant's motion to suppress seized evidence because law enforcement officers' warrantless entry into the house where...

Garick v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1431
Portland Pipe Line Corp. v. City of South Portland  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2118

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a dispute between Portland Pipe Line Corporation (PPLC) and the City of South Portland (the City) the First Circuit certified three questions to the Maine Law Court because this clash raised import...

United States v. Hercules  
Date: January 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1965

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribu...

United States v. Santiago  
Date: January 3, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed in connection with Defendant's plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, holding that Defendant's appeal waiver barred this appeal. Defend...