2021 First Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Diaz-Baez v. Alicea-Vasallo
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1474
United States v. Torres-Perez  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2014

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of unlawful possession of a machine gun in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(o), holding that there was sufficient evidence on which to convict Defendant and that the district c...

Pineda v. Skinner Services, Inc.  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1097, 20-1141

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of a preliminary injunction against Skinner Services, Inc., and four individuals (collectively, Skinner) to prevent Skinner's acceleration of efforts to insulate thei...

United States v. Rodriguez-Monserrate  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1905, 20-1907

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentences that he received at hearings conducted via videoconference during the COVID-19 pandemic, holding that all but one of Defendant's challenges were waived or otherwise withou...

United States v. Norris  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1842

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for several contraband-possession offenses, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below. Sp...

Pereira Brito v. Garland  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1037, 20-1119

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the declaratory judgment and permanent injunction issued by the district court in this class action challenging the bond procedures used to detain noncitizen during...

City of Quincy v. MA Dept. of Envir. Protection
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1131
Forbes v. BB&S Acquisition Corp.  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1257

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of summary judgment in favor of BB&S Acquisition Corp. in this case brought by the personal representative of the estate of George Forbes, who was killed in an accide...

Diaz-Baez v. Alicea-Vasallo  
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1474

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court entering summary judgment against the political discrimination claims brought by Plaintiffs, former Automobile Accident Compensation Administration (AACA) emp...

Felix v. Town of Kingston
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1774
United States v. Maglio  
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1359

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, holding that the district court did not err by not gran...

Construction Industry & Laborers Joint Pension Trust v. Carbonite, Inc.  
Date: December 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2110

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiffs' securities fraud class action alleging that Carbonite, Inc. and certain current and former officers misled investors by touting a new p...

United States v. Valle-Colon  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1360

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's upwardly variant sentence imposed in connection with his conviction for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, holding that the sentence was neither proced...

Air-Con, Inc. v. Daikin Applied Latin America, LLC  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2248

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court requiring the parties to arbitrate their dispute in this case, holding that the district court erred in compelling arbitration. In 2000, Air-Con signed a wr...

United States v. Hernandez-Negron  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2021

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of eighty-four months' imprisonment imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, holding that the sentence was neither procedu...

United States v. Hunt  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1009

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's motion for unconditional discharge, holding that there was no reversible error in the district court's decision. In 2009, Defendant was...

Disaster Solutions LLC v. City of Santa Isabel  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's breach of contract lawsuit against the City of Santa Isabel, a Puerto Rico municipality, holding that the district court did not abuse...

United States v. Congo  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2184

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained during the execution of a no-knock search warrant at the apartment where he and his girlfriend lived, hold...

City of Quincy v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1131

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reaffirming the issuance of an air permit to Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC for a natural gas compressor station...

Bonnet v. Garland  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2175

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied the petition filed by Petitioner, a native and citizen of Haiti, seeking review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that affirmed the denial of Petitioner's application for prot...

Almodovar v. McDonough
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1061
US v. Ortiz-Vidot
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1719
US v. Gottesfeld
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1669, 19-1107, 19-1042, 19-1043
United States v. Harvey  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1869

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the amended judgment of the district court amending the restitution portion of Defendant's sentence, holding that the district court was divested of jurisdiction over the restitution order once...

US v. Florentino-Rosario
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2004
United States v. Canales-Ramos  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1141

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for compassionate release, alleging "extraordinary and compelling" reasons pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3582(c) 3582(c)(1)(A), as amended...

Cruz-Arce v. Management Administration Services Corp.  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1509

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's federal claims seeking to hold private parties liable as state actors under 42 U.S.C. 1983, holding that the district court did not err in...

United States v. Guerrero  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1244

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized during a protective search of a car, holding that the actual-fear analysis set forth in United States...

US v. Din
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2198
United States v. Carter  
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1953

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, robbery, and discharging and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, holding that th...

United States v. Florentino-Rosario  
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2004

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for attempted illegal reentry into the United States, holding that the district court did not err in refusing Defendant's preferred jury instructions and did not abuse it...

United States v. Oliver  
Date: December 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1654

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of mailing threatening communications through the United States Postal Service, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 876(c), holding that the evidence was sufficient t...

Doe v. Hopkinton Public Schools  
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1950

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court rejecting the claims of Plaintiffs John Doe and Ben Bloggs that their high school discipline was unconstitutional, holding that the district court properly en...

Curtis v. Galakatos  
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1846

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion to dismiss this action seeking damages for injuries received in a boating accident, holding that this case was allowed to proceed...

US v. PR Industrial Development Co.
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1874
Lin v. TipRanks, Ltd.  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1001

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed on a limited basis the district court's ruling that Plaintiffs suit must be dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding that dismissal was required. Plaintiff, a New York resident, br...

Rivera-Rivera v. PREPA
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1797
Together Employees v. Mass General Brigham Incorporated
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1909
Kellogg-Roe v. Gerry  
Date: November 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1408

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking to overturn his 2010 New Hampshire conviction for aggravated felonious sexual assault, holdi...

McKenzie v. Brannan  
Date: November 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2170

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the judgment of the district court granting a motion to compel arbitration filed by the personal representative of the estate of a famous American artist (Estate), dismissing an...

US v. Gottesfeld
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1669, 19-1107, 19-1042, 19-1043
Cunningham v. Lyft, Inc.
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1373, 20-1567, 20-1549, 20-1544, 20-1379
Does v. Mills
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1826
Together Employees v. Mass General Brigham Inc.  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1909

Justia Opinion Summary: In this vaccination dispute, the First Circuit denied the motion brought by Appellants seeking an injunction pending appeal, holding that Appellants were not entitled to the injunction. Appellants, eight employees of Ma...

United States v. Saemisch  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of knowingly distributing child pornography, holding that the district court did not err in excluding the testimony of Dr. Robert Weiss, a therapist and rela...

United States v. Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co.  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1874

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court entering three separate judgment opinions and orders against Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) in this action brought by the United States s...

Torres-Ronda v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1038, 20-1089

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting two summary judgment motions in favor of Defendants in this class action lawsuit, holding that Defendants' actions in this case could not support a c...

De Carvalho v. Garland  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1711

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit granted in part and denied in part Petitioner's petition for review of the decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) determining that Petitioner's previous conviction constituted a "particular...

United States v. Miles  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2031

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's motion to suppress evidence recovered during a traffic stop, holding that the district court did not err when it denied the motion to supp...

District 4 Lodge of the International Ass'n v. Raimondo  
Date: November 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-1873, 21-1874

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute between the Maine lobster industry and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Agency) over a rule barring frequently employed methods of lobstering the First Circuit granted the Agency's motion for a...

United States v. Garraway  
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1073, 20-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendants' joint motion to dismiss the charges against them on retrial, holding that the district court did not err. Defendants - Raymond Garraway a...

Jette v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co.  
Date: November 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1713

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the entry of summary judgment in this case brought by Plaintiff seeking relief from the termination of her benefits under the civil enforcement provision of the Employee Retirement Income Securi...

United States v. Gottesfeld  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1669, 19-1107, 19-1042, 19-1043

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer and conspiring to do the same, holding that there was no error, plain or otherwise, in the proceedings below. Def...

US v. Castillo-Martinez
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1971
Cunningham v. Lyft, Inc.  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1373, 20-1567, 20-1549, 20-1544, 20-1379

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court denying Lyft Inc.'s request to compel arbitration in this purported class action but affirmed the denials of preliminary injunctive relief, holding that the Fede...

United States v. O'Neal  
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1184

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of possession of child pornography, holding that none of Defendant's claims on appeal had merit. Defendant, an employee of U.S. Customs and Border Protectio...

United States v. Rogers  
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2165

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to seventy-two months of incarceration in connection with his plea of guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon,...

United States v. Leonard  
Date: November 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1392

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the ruling of the district court rejecting Defendant's request for a Franks hearing before Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited pe...

Lima v. City of East Providence  
Date: November 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1688

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ordering that Plaintiff's breach of contract claim be dismissed for failure to state a plausible claim and granting summary judgment for Defendants on all rem...

Gomes v. Garland  
Date: November 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2106

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed one of the claims in Petitioner's petition for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissing Petitioner's challenges to the denial of his asylum and withholding o...

United States v. De Leon-De la Rosa  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2046, 19-2067

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the federal convictions challenged on appeal by the two defendants in this case - Noel de Leon-De la Rosa and Juan Batista Johnson-Debel - holding that vacatur was required of Defendants' challe...

Mashilingi v. Garland  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2169

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied the petition for judicial review sought by Petitioner in this case and upheld the order of removal against him, holding that the Agency's denial of asylum and other relief was supported by substa...

Flores-Rivera v. United States  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1963

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to vacate her federal conviction and sentence on the grounds that her appellate counsel was constitutionally ineffective under Stri...

Reid v. Donelan
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1787, 19-1900
Bautista Cayman Asset Co. v. Asociacion De Miembros De La Policía De Puerto Rico  
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1445

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the outcome relating to litigation concerning a loan agreement in the District of Puerto Rico in which the district court granted summary judgment to Plaintiff on its Puerto Rico law claims and...

US v. Melendez
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1575
Echevarria v. US
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1094
United States v. Castillo-Martinez  
Date: October 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1971

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's motion to dismiss the criminal proceedings against him, holding that Appellant was statutorily barred under 8 U.S.C. 1326(d) from bringing...

United States v. Ramos-David  
Date: October 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1144

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for a mental competency examination and motion to withdraw his plea and then sentencing him for his offenses, holding that there wa...

Rivera-Rivera v. Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority  
Date: October 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1797

Justia Opinion Summary: The Retirement System administers a pension plan for more than 12,000 retired Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA) employees. Under the System's Bylaws, three trustees are selected by PREPA employees, three trus...

Cohen v. Walsh  
Date: October 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1032

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court approving an amended settlement agreement in this landmark Title IX case brought by a group of women student-athletes against Brown University claiming gender...

Reid v. Donelan  
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1787, 19-1900

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the ruling of the district court that there was no per se constitutional entitlement to a bond hearing after six months of detention and otherwise vacated the district court's declaratory and i...

Blackstone Headwaters Coal. v. Gallo Builders, Inc.
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2095
Doe v. Shibinette  
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1058

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the rulings of the district court denying the Commission of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaints against her, holding that Plainti...

Jenkins v. Housing Court Department
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1124
James v. Garland  
Date: October 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1666

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissing Appellant's appeal from a decision of an immigration judge (IJ) ordering him removed from the United States, holding that the BI...

United States v. Melendez  
Date: October 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1575

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion under the First Step Act (codified as amended in scattered sections of 18 U.S.C., 21 U.S.C., and 34 U.S.C.) to reduce his sentence...

General Hospital Corp. v. Esoterix Genetic Laboratories, LLC  
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2126, 20-2149

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the district court's damages award and certain of its other rulings in this dispute between sophisticated parties concerning intellectual property rights, holding that the district court erred i...

United States v. Gonzalez  
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1461

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of three drug trafficking offenses after law enforcement officers discovered cocaine and heroin inside of his vehicle, holding that the d...

US v. Garcia-Camacho
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1303
Does v. Mills  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1826

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellants' request for a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of a regulation promulgated by Maine's Center for Disease Control requiring al...

Jenkins v. Housing Court Department  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1124

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the rulings of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's claims alleging that his termination violated 42 U.S.C. 1983 and Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, holding that there w...

Ovist v. Unum Life Ins Co(.) of America
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1464
Benson v. Wal-Mart Stores East L.P.
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1495
Lopez Troche v. Garland  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1718

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that affirmed the denial of Appellant's application for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), hold...

Fournier v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2134
US Bank, NA v. Desmond
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 16-1465
US v. Carter, US v. Conigliaro
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1644, 19-1645
US v. Chin, US v. Thomas
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1050, 20-1051
US v. Boss
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2061
AMTAX Holdings 227, LLC v. Tenants' Development II Corp.
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1043
AMTAX Holdings 227, LLC v. Tenants' Development II Corp.  
Date: October 13, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1043

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing this action for want of subject matter jurisdiction, holding that the district court did not err. AMTAX Holdings 227 LLC, joined by Tax Credit Hol...

United States v. Ruperto-Rivera  
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1817

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his conviction of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, holding that the sentencing outcome was defensible. Defendant ple...

United States v. Chin  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1050, 20-1051

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendants' convictions of multiple counts of introducing through their work at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) "misbranded" drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud...

United States v. Boss  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2061

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court awarding to the Commonwealth a letter written by Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette on July 21, 1780 that was the subject of a civil forfeiture ac...

Aronstein v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2103, 20-2135

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ruling against defendant Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and against Plaintiff's class action claims in this insurance dispute, holdi...

U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Desmond  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 16-1465

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising out of an adversary action filed in a Chapter 11 proceeding in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the bankruptcy court allowing the de...

United States v. Vargas-Martinez  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: 16-2141, 16-2142

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's consecutive upwardly variant sentences imposed in two criminal cases, holding that both sentences were procedurally and substantively reasonable. While on bail pending trial for dr...

French v. Merrill  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1650

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of summary judgment on Count I of Plaintiff's complaint seeking damages under 42 U.S.C. 1983 but reversed the entry of summary judgment on Count IX, holding that unco...

Pietrangelo v. Sununu  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1366

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed this appeal from the district court's denial of Plaintiff's request for injunctive relief, holding that Plaintiff's claims were moot. During the initial stages of COVID-19 vaccine distributio...

Lang v. DeMoura  
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1099

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Francis Lang's petition seeking a writ of habeas corpus to vacate his Massachusetts conviction for murder in the first degree, holding that the district court did...

Forty Six Hundred, LLC v. Cadence Education, LLC  
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1784

Justia Opinion Summary: In this eviction action that was removed from a Massachusetts state court the First Circuit reversed the order of the district court ordering a remand in this case and directed the district court to retrieve the removed...

Karamanoglu v. Town of Yarmouth  
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiff's action against a police officer, police chief, and town alleging a violation of hi...

Finamore v. Miglionico  
Date: September 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1800

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court entering summary judgment for Appellees and dismissing Appellant's complaint invoking 42 U.S.C. 1983 and claiming false arrest, malicious prosecution, civil c...

United States v. Carter  
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1644, 19-1645

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the decision of the district court granting Appellants' motions brought under Fed. R. Crim. P. 29 for a post-verdict judgment of acquittal on the charge of conspiring to defraud the United Stat...

United States v. Crocco  
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2140

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's twelve-year sentence imposed in connection with his conviction for bank robbery, holding that none of Defendant's contentions on appeal had merit. A jury found Defendant guilty of...

United States v. Weadick  
Date: September 24, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1899, 18-1933, 18-1932

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendants' convictions connected with the murder of Steven DiSarro, holding that Defendants were not entitled to relief on their allegations of error. Defendants, Francis Salemme and Paul Wea...

Ovist v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America  
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1464

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendant and dismissing Plaintiff's action brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et...

United States v. Rivera-Ortiz  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1100

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of making false statements on certain government forms, theft of government property, and failing to disclose an event that affected Defe...

American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. Raimondo  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2120, 20-2168

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the decision of the district court refusing to quash subpoenas seeking discovery from Rhode Island public officials and a state consultant, holding that Petitioners were entitled to a writ of a...

United States v. Suazo  
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1982

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress his federal New Hampshire prosecution on double jeopardy grounds, holding that Defendant's double jeopardy rights did n...

Robinson v. Camarena  
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1783

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court entering a final approval order approving a class settlement, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. James Robinson brought this class actio...

Neira Rivera v. Scotiabank de Puerto Rico  
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-9003

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed Appellant's appeal of an order issued by the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (BAP) that found Appellant, a Chapter 7 debtor, had no standing to appeal a bankruptcy court order...

United States v. Cruz-Rivera  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1465, 19-1509

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendants' convictions of one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute one hundred grams or more of heroin and one count each of possession with intent t...

Santos-Arrieta v. Hospital Del Maestro, Inc.  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1935

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the entry of an amended judgment entered in this medical malpractice case, holding that the district court erred in granting judgment as a matter of law. Plaintiffs, a couple and their minor ch...

Benson v. Wal-Mart Stores East L.P.  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1495

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment in this action alleging disability discrimination under the Maine Human Rights Act and retaliation under the Maine Whistleblower Protection Act an...

Fournier v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2134
Kittery Point Partners, LLC v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-9001
United States v. Levin  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1078

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession of child pornography involving a minor who had not yet attained twelve years of age and sentence of twenty-eight months' imprisonment followed by a sixty-mo...

Morin v. Lyver  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1280

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendants' cross-motions for summary judgment in this action challenging the denial of Plaintiff's application for a "permit to purchase" a firearm, holding that Defendant provided no basis on...

United States v. Manubolu  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1871

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the ruling of the district court suppressing blood alcohol content evidence from a warrantless blood draw because no exigent circumstances were present, holding that the district court misappli...

Gaspee Project v. Mederos  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1944

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court rejecting Appellants' facial challenge to the Rhode Island comprehensive statutory scheme designed to increase transparency in regard to election-related spen...

United States v. Fields  
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2012

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying, without a hearing, Defendant's motion seeking a reduction of his sentence per the terms of the Fair Sentencing Act, Pub. L. No. 111-220, 2, 124 Stat....

Perea v. Editorial Cultural, Inc.  
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2119, 19-2129

Justia Opinion Summary: In these cross-appeals, the First Circuit vacated the district court's opinion and order entered on September 30, 2017 and part of the amended judgment entered on September 19, 2019 and directed the entry of an amended j...

Sanabria Morales v. Garland
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1634
US v. Velez-Andino
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1300, 19-1296, 19-1298
Welch v. City of Biddeford Police Dep't, Johnson v. City of Biddeford Police Dep't
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1474, 20-1481
United States v. Perez-Rodriguez  
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1538

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's conviction of attempted enticement of a minor for unlawful sexual activity, holding that the district court committed plain error in failing to give a jury instruction on the entrapm...

United States v. Velez-Andino  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1296, 19-1300, 19-1298

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's upwardly variant sixty-month sentence that followed his conviction on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a machine gun and the twenty-four-month s...

Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. ACT, Inc.  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1537

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court against Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley, a small private high school on its action seeking injunctive relief and statutory damages against ACT, Inc., a non-profit...

US v. Maldonado-Pena, US v. Rivera-George, US v. Ramos-Gonzalez, US v. Rivera-Alejandro
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 17-1432, 18-1496, 18-1184, 17-1681, 17-1551
US v. Solis-Vasquez
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1027, 19-1745
Hernandez Lara v. Lyons
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2019
US v. Simon, US v. Lee, US v. Rowan, US v. Kapoor, US v. Gurry
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1368, 20-1409, 20-1410, 20-1457, 20-1382, 20-1370, 20-1412, 20-1369, 20-1411, 20-1413
Welch v. City of Biddeford Police Department  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1474, 20-1481

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated and remanded in part the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint alleging that Defendants had vi...

Boston Bit Labs, Inc. v. Baker
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2046
Doe v. Tompkins  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1368

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting Appellee's petition for a writ of habeas corpus and ordering the immigration judge (IJ) to conduct a new bond hearing, holding that the district cour...

Merrill Lynch v. Flanders-Borden  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1942

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal concerning the validity of a Transfer of Death Agreement (TOD agreement) executed by Alton L. Flanders, III, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that no reasonable jury...

Boston Bit Labs, Inc. v. Baker  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2046

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of this suit challenging Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker's COVID-19 Order No. 43 as unconstitutional, holding that the case was moot. Bit Bar, which owned a...

US v. Cardozo
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1318, 20-1398
United States v. Simon  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1368, 20-1409, 20-1410, 20-1412, 20-1409, 20-1457, 20-1382, 20-1370, 20-1412, 20-1369, 20-1411, 20-1413

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in full the verdicts of the jury convicting the five defendants in this case on charges brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1962(d) but vacate...

United States v. Solis-Vasquez  
Date: August 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1027

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed upon Defendant in connection with his conviction for aggravated Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) conspiracy based on Massachusetts second-degree mur...

Hernandez-Lara v. Lyons  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2019

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court granting Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus and ordering the immigration judge (IJ) to conduct a second bond hearing,...

Asociacion Hospital del Maestro, Inc. v. Becerra  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1475

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action brought by a group of twenty-five acute-care hospitals in Puerto Rico that received disproportionate share hospital payments (DHS payments) from the government, the First Circuit affirmed the decision of t...

United States v. Saccoccia  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2045

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court refusing to exercise its discretion to provide compassionate release to Defendant under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A), as recently amended by the First Step Act (FS...

United States v. Garcia-Perez  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2054

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's sentence imposed after he entered a guilty plea to one count of machine-gun possession, holding that the district court failed to offer an adequate explanation for its upward varianc...

United States v. Carrasquillo  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2151

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's forty-eight-month prison sentence that the district court imposed after Defendant entered a guilty plea to one count of firearm possession, holding that resentencing was required in...

United States v. Patch  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2063

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with her conviction for maintaining a drug-involved premises, holding that the lack of evidence on the critical issue in this case required that the ca...

United States v. Martinez  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1667

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed in connection with Defendant's conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiring to possess with intent to distribute the same, holding that there...

Segarra Miranda v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-9006
Sundaram v. Briry, LLC  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-9008

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (BAP) dismissing this appeal as moot, holding that this appeal was moot. In 2019, Appellant refiled for chapter 13 bankrupt...

Campamento Contra Las Cenizas v. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1685, 20-1710, 20-1709

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the PROMESA Title III court granting the motion of the Financial Oversight and Management Board to assume certain long-term power supply contracts on behalf of the Puerto Rico E...

Union de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego v. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2041

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) Title III court allowing certain expenses incurred by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA...

Union Internacional, UAW Local 2415 v. Bacardi Corp.  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1136

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily affirming an arbitration award dismissing Union Interacional UAW, Local 2415's wage grievance claim against Bacardi Corporation, holding that the Un...

US v. Baptiste
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1400, 20-1401
Toddle Inn Franchising, LLC v. KPJ Associates LLC  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court judge confirming an arbitration award, holding that none of Appellant's legal theories for reversal were meritorious. KPJ Associates, LLC ran a daycare in M...

United States v. Castillo-Torres  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1243

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's eight-month sentence for unlawful reentry in violation of 8 U.S.C. 1326(a), holding that the bare criminal complaint did not provide reliable evidence to support the district court's...

Union Internacional, UAW Local v. Bacardi Corporation
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1136
United States v. Baptiste  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1400, 20-1401

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district judge ordering a joint retrial of Roger Boncy and Joseph Baptiste in the interest of justice because neither defendant got a fair first trial, holding that Defenda...

Patel v. 7-Eleven, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1999

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit certified a question to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:03, holding that the outcome of this appeal depended upon a question of Massachus...

Anoush Cab, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc.  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2001

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's final judgment against Plaintiffs on their claims that Uber Technologies competed unlawfully in the on-demand, ride-hail ground transportation in and around Boston, Massach...

Segarra Miranda v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-9006

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (BAP) affirming the summary judgment entered by the bankruptcy court against the bankruptcy trustee (the Trustee) for an est...

Internet and Television Ass'n v. Frey  
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1431

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying the Internet and Television Association's (NCTA) request for declaratory and permanent injunctive relief from certain provisions of a Maine state law,...

United States v. Velazquez-Fontanez  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1188, 18-2265, 19-1010, 18-1215

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit confirmed the convictions of Carlos Velazquez-Fontanez and Jose D. Resto-Figueroa for various criminal offenses related to La Rompe ONU, a drug trafficking organization that operated in San Juan, Puerto...

United States v. Perez-Vasquez  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1687, 19-1750, 19-1027, 19-1745, 18-1975, 19-1734

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting three defendants of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) conspiracy with a special finding that defendant Noe Salvador Perez-Va...

EdgePoint Capital Holdings, LLC v. Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1810

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action brought by EdgePoint Capital Holdings, LLC (EPCH) arising out of the sale of Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC, the First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in Apothecare's favor, holdi...

US v. McKinney
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1265
United States v. Gardner  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1584

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his plea of guilty to a variety of drug and firearm offenses and sentencing him to 160 months' imprisonment, holding tha...

United States v. McKinney  
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1265

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence imposed after he pled guilty to drug and firearm conspiracy counts, holding that the district court did not err in concluding that Defendant was a manager or...

Strickland v. Goguen
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2104
United States v. Rabb  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1146

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence Defendant received upon resentencing after he was convicted on two drug-related charges, holding that there was no error in the proceedings. This Court previously vacated Defendan...

Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP v. Collins  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1397

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's claims for mandamus and relief under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), vacated the dismissal of Appellant's equal protection and...

United States v. DeJesus  
Date: July 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1445

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to a 130-month term of immurement and refusing to grant him an offense-level reduction for acceptance of responsibility, holding that the...

Perez-Abreu v. Metropol Hato Rey LLC  
Date: July 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1679

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's suit brought against Defendant, his employer, asserting claims of age-based discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act...

Karth v. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: July 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1964

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of Defendants, denying Plaintiff's motion for class certification, and denying Plaintiff's motion to file a third amended complaint, holding that Def...

American Institute for Foreign Study, Inc. v. Fernandez-Jimenez  
Date: July 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1641, 20-1692

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting a preliminary injunction to the American Institute for Foreign Study, Inc. to enjoin class arbitration in this dispute with an au pair, holding that...

United States v. Frey  
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 16-1424, 16-1435, 16-1474, 16-1482

Justia Opinion Summary: In this en banc decision involving a real property dispute, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court holding that the "Penobscot Indian Reservation" (the Reservation) does not include the waters and...

United States v. Sandoval  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1993, 19-1026, 18-2165, 18-2177

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the federal convictions and sentences of Defendants - Herzzon Sandoval, Edwin Guzman, Erick Argueta Larios, and Cesar Martinez - stemming from a federal criminal investigation into La Mara Salv...

Santana v. Cowen
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1270
US v. Lindsey
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2169
US v. Nardozzi
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1093
Castagna v. Jean
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1677
Mojtabai v. Mojtabai  
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1591

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint filed in connection with mother's estate, holding that the district court erred in granting the...

Cebollero-Bertran v. Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1096

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court dismissing this action against the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) under the citizen enforcement provision of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA...

Conservation Law Foundation v. ExxonMobil Corp.  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1456

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint alleging violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCA), 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq., the First Circuit vacated the order of the distric...

United States v. Maldonado-Pena  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the drug conspiracy and distribution convictions of five members of a drug trafficking organization, holding that none of the issues raised by the five defendants translated into reversible err...

Strickland v. Goguen  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2104

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2254, as amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), holdi...

United States v. Lindsey  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2169

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamines, holding that Defendant's challenges on appeal were unavailing. During a probation compli...

Equal Means Equal v. Ferriero  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed this appeal arising in connection with a lawsuit alleging that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is now part of the United States Constitution, holding that none of the plaintiffs met their bur...

Perez-Trujillo v. Garland  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Numbers: 11-1481, 17-1586

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied one of Petitioner's petitions for review of two decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) but granted the other petition, holding that the government failed to prove that the BIA, in ov...

Zhao v. CIEE, Inc.  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1878

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that no refund was due to Plaintiff after Defendant, Plaintiff's study abroad provider, cancelled the abroad portion of her program in response to...

United States v. Nardozzi  
Date: June 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1093

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and eight counts of aiding or assisting in the filing of a false tax return, holding that Defendant'...

In Re: Da Graca v.
Date: June 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2117
United States v. Casiano-Santana  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2150

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute entered after Defendant pled guil...

United States v. Kuljko  
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2232

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of four counts of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice and his 156-month incarcerate sentence, holding that Defendant was fairly tried before a competent ju...

Markham Concepts, Inc. v. Hasbro, Inc.  
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1927

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that the board game "The Game of Life" qualified as a "work for hire" under the Copyright Act of 1909. This case stemmed from a dispute between Ru...

Rose v. RTN Federal Credit Union
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1470
Montilla v. Federal Nat'l Mortgage Ass'n
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1673
Roy v. Canadian Pacific Railway Co.
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1108
United States v. Miranda-Carmona  
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1622

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's prison sentence for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a), holding that Defendant invited any error in regards to his challenge to the...

United States v. Saccoccia  
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1042, 20-1095

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit rejected the efforts of the two defendants in this consolidated appeal to retroactively vacate the forfeiture judgment against them, holding that neither defendant was entitled to relief on their claims...

Rose v. RTN Federal Credit Union  
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1470

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings holding that this case came within the jurisdictional reach of the Labor Management Relations Act, 2...

Montilla v. Federal National Mortgage Ass'n  
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1673

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court holding that the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) were not subject to Appellants' Fifth Amendm...

Boss v. Federal Housing Finance Agcy., Sisti v. Federal Housing Finance Agcy.
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2025, 20-2026
United States v. Ruiz  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1156

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentence for one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and one count of distribution of heroin, holding that Defendant wa...

Roy v. Canadian Pacific Railway Co.  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1108

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed Plaintiffs' appeal for want of jurisdiction, holding that the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (the bankruptcy rules), and not the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (the civil rules), gove...

Taite v. Bridgewater State University  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this case alleging a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., holdin...

United States v. Rivera-Galindez  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1648

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions for possessing and aiding and abetting the possession of drugs with intent to distribute them and possessing and aiding and abetting the possession of a gun in furtheran...

United States v. Abdulaziz  
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2030

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court imposing a five-year prison sentence upon Defendant for committing a federal firearms offense, holding that the district court erred in resolving what constitu...

Diaz Mayoral v. FOMB
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2231, 20-1279
Zampierollo-Rheinfeldt v. Ingersoll-Rand de Puerto Rico, Inc.  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1356

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court excluding two documents from the summary judgment record and granting summary judgment for Defendant on all of Plaintiff's claims, holding that the district cour...

Carswell v. E. Pihl & Sons  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1630

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioners' petition for review from the decision of the Benefits Review Board affirming an administrative law judge's denial of Petitioners' claims for compensation under the Defense Base Act,...

Diaz Mayoral v. Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2231, 20-1279

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Title III court holding that Claimants, who invested in mutual funds that owned bonds issued by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and filed proofs of claim in the Commonwealth...

Bautista Cayman Asset Co. v. Fountainebleu Plaza, S.E.  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1681

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Bautista Cayman Asset Company in its action for collection of monies and foreclosure of collateral against Fountainebleu...

United States v. De La Cruz  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1710

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence for several drug-related offenses, including violations of the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA), 46 U.S.C. 70503 and 70506, holding that the MDLEA offenses were no...

National Labor Relations Board v. Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1589

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit granted the application of the National Labor Relations Board for enforcement of one of its orders and struck those portions of the order requiring Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, d/b/a Maine Co...

Snell v. Neville  
Date: May 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2018

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants - various prison officials, the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC), and Plaintiff's prison physician - and d...

Davallou v. United States  
Date: May 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1523

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's suit against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b), 2671-2680, holding that the district court...

Tacuri-Tacuri v. Garland  
Date: May 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1687

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied in part and dismissed Petitioner's petition for judicial review challenging the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversing an immigration judge's (IJ) grant of Petitioner's appl...

Alston v. Town of Brookline, MA
Date: May 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1434
Alston v. Town of Brookline, Mass.  
Date: May 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1434

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit resolved a portion of Appellant's appeal in this opinion addressing the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts, the Brookline Board of Selectmen, the...

Colon-Torres v. Negron Fernandez
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1579, 18-1755, 18-1681
United States v. Stewart-Carrasquillo  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-2247, 19-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendants - James Stewart-Carrasquillo and Harold Esquilin-Montanez - of various narcotics offenses, holding that the evidence was sufficient to s...

United States v. Teganya  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1689

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentence for three counts of perjury and two counts of fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, holding that there was no reversible error in the pro...

United States v. Chen  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1962

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of making a materially false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(2), holding that Defendant's arguments...

Gonzalez Barrera v. Garland
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1477
Atlas Glass & Mirror, Inc. v. Tri-North Builders, Inc.
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1595
Spencer v. Alonzo  
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1112, 19-1114

Justia Opinion Summary: In this admiralty proceeding arising out of the grounding and constructive total loss of a newly purchased yacht, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing certain third-party complaints pu...

Sierra Club v. United States Department of Army Corps of Engineers  
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2195

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying a preliminary injunction barring construction of Segment 1 of a planned five-segment electric transmission power corridor in Maine, holding that Plain...

United States v. Rodriguez-Cruz  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1072

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit summarily affirmed Appellant's sentence for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, holding that the forty-eight-month sentence represented a defensible result. On appeal, Defendant argued that the...

Sena v. Kenneway  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1471

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court ruling that Appellant, a state prisoner, had not satisfied the good cause requirement for his failure to have exhausted his claim in state court, holding that...

Atlas Glass & Mirror, Inc. v. Tri-North Builders, Inc.  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1595

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing a subcontractor's suit against a construction contractor, holding that the district court did not err in relying on a forum selection clause in an...

Roe v. Lynch  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1702

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's lawsuit brought against Defendant, the local district attorney, after Plaintiff was terminated from his employment with a police depart...

Diaz-Morales v. Rubio-Paredes  
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that the district court correctly denied the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's motions for reconsideration at issue in this appeal insofar as they might be construed as motions to apply an automatic st...

Colon-Torres v. Negron-Fernandez  
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1579

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the order of the district court requiring immediate payment of a $10,000 settlement sum by Defendant, the Secretary of Corrections to Puerto Rico, and remanded with instructions to stay Plaintif...

Securities & Exchange Commission v. Morrone  
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2006

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting, in part, summary judgment in favor of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its allegation that Appellants Jonathan Morrone...

UBS Financial Services Inc. v. Asociacion de Empleados del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1237

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court confirming an arbitration award denying the claims brought by Asociacion de Empleados del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (AEELA), holding that the distr...

Alston v. Town of Brookline, Mass.  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1434

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit resolved a portion of Appellant's appeal in this opinion addressing the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts, the Brookeline Board of Selectmen, th...

Blackstone Headwaters Coal. v. Gallo Builders, Inc.
Date: May 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2095
Hyde v. State of Massachuset
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: 06-1777
United States v. Seary-Colon  
Date: May 4, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1859

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of Hobbs Act robbery, murdering a person through the use of firearm during a crime of violence, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a co...

Fernandez-Garay v. United States  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the the district court's denial of Petitioner's petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255 to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence, holding that the district court did not err in denying t...

United States v. Ayala-Lugo  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2107

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentences imposed on Defendant after he pleaded guilty to one count of illegally possessing a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), holding that the sentences were substantively and...

Torres-Burgos v. Crowley Liner Service, Inc.  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2083

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendant on Plaintiff's challenge to an arbitration award in favor of Defendant, holding that the district court did not err. A...

Oquendo v. Costco Wholesale Corporation
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1632
United States v. Grullon  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1780

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of conspiracy to commit various financial crimes, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and converting government property, holding that Defendant was not entitled to re...

Francis v. Desmond  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-9011

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (BAP) affirming the judgment of the bankruptcy court finding that Debtor defaulted on his obligation and refusing to grant h...

Boston Parent Coalition for Academic Excellence Corp. v. School Committee of City of Boston  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1303

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Plaintiff's motion for an injunction preventing the implementation of a plan promulgated by the Boston Public Schools for admitting students to Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and John...

BBlackstone Headwaters Coalition, Inc. v. Gallo Builders, Inc.  
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2095

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Blackstone Headwaters Coalition, Inc.'s complaint alleging that D...

Gutwill v. City of Framingham
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1174
Pagan-Lisboa v. Social Security Administration  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1377

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from what the Social Security Administration (SAA) did to Appellants, Marie Pagan-Lisboa and Daniel Justiniano-Ramirez, after Jose Hernandez-Gonzalez and Samuel Torres-Crespo admitted to fraudulently...

Kupperstein v. Schall  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1472

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property dispute leading to a bankruptcy filing, the First Circuit held that a probate court's contempt proceedings and resultant penalties were excepted from an automatic stay and that the bankruptcy court did n...

Melendez-Colon v. Rosado-Sanchez  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1956

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing and this medical malpractice claim, holding that the lawsuit was timely filed and not outside the statute of limitations. The district court set...

United States v. Pupo  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1505

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant in connection with his plea of guilty to the federal crime of carjacking, 18 U.S.C. 2119, holding that the sentence was reasonable. Prio...

United States v. Castillo-Vazquez  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1152

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of 135 months' imprisonment imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on board a ve...

UECFSE v. United States  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2243

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing the claims brought by two unions, which represented public employees in Puerto Rico, and one of their members against the United States, the Financ...

Gutwill v. City of Framingham  
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants - the City of Framingham and Chief of the Framingham Police Department - in this Garcetti speech-retaliation and Massachuse...

United States v. Picard  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1855

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court revoking Defendant's supervised release on the underlying conviction of failing to register as a sex offender, in violation of federal law, holding that Defen...

Commonwealth School, Inc. v. Commonwealth Academy Holdings LLC  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the order of the district court dismissing this appeal, holding that the district court erred both in refusing to enforce the contested agreement and in dismissing the case after effectively de...

United States v. Zayas-Burgos  
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1163, 19-1166, 19-1462

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant to eighty-seven months for engaging in firearms trafficking without a license and conspiring to commit an offense against the United Stat...

United Nurses & Allied Prof. v. NLRB, NLRB v. United Nurses & Allied Prof.
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1490, 19-1602
United States v. Ayala-Landor  
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1907

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence of sixty months imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing Defendant. Defendant'...

Aguasvivas v. Blinken
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1937
US v. Vick
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1132
Foss v. Marvic, Inc.  
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Marvic d/b/a Brady-Built Sunrooms (Marvic) and dismissing Cynthia Foss's state law claims, holding that the district cou...

United States v. Fuentes-Lopez  
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1188

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of unlawful reentry into the United States, in violation of 8 U.S.C. 1326(a), holding that Defendant's claims of error were without merit. On appeal, Defendant challenge...

Covidien LP v. Esch  
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1515

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising from a contract action, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellants' post-trial request for a declaratory judgment, holding that the district court did not abus...

Woods v. Medeiros  
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1664

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 Appellant was not entitled to relief. Appellant was convicted in Massachusetts of murd...

Cushing v. Packard  
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1177

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the ruling of the district court denying Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction in this case, holding that record lacked necessary findings and that remand was required. This case aros...

United States v. Garcia-Sierra  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 16-2503

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for conspiring to commit drug trafficking offenses but remanded the case for resentencing, holding that the district court erred in imposing a two-level enhancement to De...

United States v. Lopez-Martinez  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1924

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's convictions on six counts relating to public corruption in the Commonwealth, holding that the district court's refusal to sever Defendant's trial from that of one of her codefendants...

Sanchez-Vasquez v. Garland  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1661

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied the petition filed by Petitioner, a Salvadoran national, seeking judicial review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upholding an adverse decision by an immigration judge (IJ)...

Quiroa-Motta v. Garland  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1425

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner's motion to reopen the BIA's decision denying Petitioner's application for cancellation o...

Ames v. Spiegel  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1435

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court imposing a sanction against Appellant under Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. Appellant was a Massachusetts lawy...

United States v. Sylvester  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2127

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of possession with intent to distribute various controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, hol...

Bosse v. New York Life Insurance Co.
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2240
Carrozza v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1776

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of CVS Pharmacy, Inc. and dismissing this complaint involving a pharmacist's dispensation of a prescription that triggered...

United States v. Laboy-Nadal  
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1488

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the sentence imposed on Defendant after he pled guilty to unlawfully possessing a machine-gun, 18 U.S.C. 922(o), and being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1), holding that...

Bosse v. New York Life Insurance Co.  
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2240

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the decision of the district court refusing to enforce arbitration clauses in the employment agreement between New York Life Insurance Company and Ketler Bosse, which expressly required that an...

Puig Martinez v. Novo Nordisk Inc.  
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1928

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Novo Nordisk Inc. and dismissing Plaintiffs' age discrimination claims, holding that the district court did not err. Durin...

Almeida-Leon v. WM Capital Management, Inc.  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1765, 19-1766

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing the claims in Plaintiffs' complaint against WM Capital Management, Inc. and granting summary judgment in favor of WM Capital on its counterclaim, h...

Cuesta-Rojas v. Garland
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1302
Emmanuel v. Handy Technologies, Inc.
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1378
Knous v. Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1617

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. and dismissing Plaintiff's lawsuit claiming a violation of the Massachusetts Wage A...

Capriole v. Uber Technologies, Inc.  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1386

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed this appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denying Appellant's first preliminary injunction motion, holding that this Court had no appellate jurisdicti...

Marcano-Martinez v. Cooperative de Seguros Multiples de Puerto Rico  
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1290

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Insurer and dismissing Insureds' suit seeking to force Insurer to pay for damages Hurricane Maria inflicted on their property, ho...

Emmanuel v. Handy Technologies, Inc.  
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1378

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Handy Technologies, Inc.'s motion to dismiss this putative class action and to compel individual arbitration, holding that the district court did not...

Lopez-Rosario v. Programa Seasonal Head Start
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1435
United States v. Ayala  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's 2019 sentence in the District of Maine for one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent with distribute forty grams or more of fentanyl, holding that the sentenc...

US v. Concepcion
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2025
Thile v. Garland  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1259

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition for relief from removal on the grounds of asylum, withholding of removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and protection under the United Nations Convention Agains...

United States v. De Jesus-Gomez  
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1925

Justia Opinion Summary: In this civil forfeiture action against a 2008 33' Contender Model Tournament Vessel, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district judge striking Appellants' answer and claims and granted the government's moti...

United States v. McCullock  
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1234

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district judge imposing three special conditions of supervised release after the revocation of Defendant's supervised release, holding that the special conditions were not u...

Da Graca v. Souza  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2117

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioners' petition for a writ of mandamus claiming that the district court erred in denying their bail application despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, holding that the petition was without...

United States v. Concepcion  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2025

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's order denying Defendant's motion for resentencing, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion. In 2008, Defendant pleaded guilty to...

Cuesta-Rojas v. Garland  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1302

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the judgment of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the denial of Petitioner's application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (C...

Carrasquillo-Serrano v. Municipality of Canovanas  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying the Municipality of Canovanas's Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion to overturn the default judgment entered for Plaintiffs on Plaintiffs' claims brought und...

United States v. O'farrill-Lopez  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed this appeal of the district court's order sentencing Defendant to a seventy-eight-month term of immurement to be followed by five years of supervised release, holding that the court did not er...

United States v. Torres-Santana  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1087

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's eighteen-month sentence imposed for violating the conditions of his supervised release by committing a new crime, holding that Defendant had not suffered any prejudice from the dela...

United States v. Austin  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2257

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Defendant's appeal of his conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g) and 924(a)(2), holding that the district court did not commit pla...

United States v. Millan-Machuca  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-2175, 18-2195, 18-2179, 18-2189

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendants - Rolando Millan-Machuca, Roberto Casado-Berrios, Miguel Rivera-Calcano, and Giordano Santana-Meledez - of racketeering and drug traffickin...

United States v. Pedro-Vidal  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1441

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to strike the federal government's notice of intent to seek the death penalty (Death Notice) that was untimely filed, holding that...

Lucaj v. Wilkinson  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1566

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner's request to reopen removal proceedings based on changed country circumstances, holding that the BIA's failure to asses...

Casco, Inc. v. John Deere Co.
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 17-1570, 17-1571
Industria Lechera de PR v. Flores
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1347
Kelley v. US
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1932
LaChance v. Town of Charlton
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1103
Sterling Suffolk Racecourse v. Wynn Resorts, Ltd.
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1512
United States v. Padilla-Galarza  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2078

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, and other offenses, holding that there...

Wong v. FMR LLC  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing this putative class action complaint brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., holding that the di...

Lopez-Rosario v. Programa Seasonal Head Start
Date: March 4, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1435
United States v. Rodriguez-Rivera  
Date: March 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1529

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that a conviction under 21 U.S.C. 846 for conspiring to commit a controlled substance offense qualifies as a conviction for a controlled substance offense under U.S.S.G. 4B1.2(b), even though secti...

Munyenyezi v. United States  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2041

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's petition for habeas corpus relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255(a), holding that Defendant was not actually prejudiced by instructions given to the...

Gonzalez-Bermudez v. Abbott Laboratories P.R. Inc.  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2249

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting judgment in favor of Plaintiff in this discrimination and retaliation action, holding that Defendant was entitled to jud...

LaChance v. Town of Charlton  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1103

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants - police officers and their employer - on the basis of qualified immunity...

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse v. Wynn Resorts, Ltd.  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1512

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting Defendants' motion to dismiss this action brought under the civil portion of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C....

Assured Guaranty Corp. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1930, 20-1931

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the Title III court denying relief from an automatic stay under 11 U.S.C. 362(d), holding that the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) Title III...

US v. Centeno-Gonzalez
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1367
Casco, Inc. v. John Deere Construction & Forestry Co.  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Numbers: 17-1570, 17-1571

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Casco, Inc.'s claim for dolus under Article 1902 of the Puerto Rico Civil Code, P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 31, 3408, awarding relief to Casco on its claim...

Alvarez-Rivera v. US
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1750
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito de Rincon v. Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corp.  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1391

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit dismissed this appeal arising out of the Title III debt-restructuring proceedings commenced by the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico on behalf of the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financi...

Thompson v. Gold Medal Bakery, Inc.  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1027

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Gold Medal Bakery, Inc. and dismissing Robert Thompson's claims brought after he was fired, holding that the district court did n...

Joseph v. Lincare, Inc.  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1396

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Lincare, Inc. and rejecting Jeffrey Joseph's racial discrimination challenge to the termination of his employment, holding t...

Jackson v. ING Bank, FSB
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 17-9002
Industria Lechera de Puerto Rico, Inc. v. Flores  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1347

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving litigation over milk price regulation in Puerto Rico the First Circuit vacated the judgment of the district court granting ORIL's motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim and remanded to the...

Commw. of Mass. v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1661, 19-1922, 19-1857, 19-1729
United States v. Stepanets  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1471, 19-1600, 19-1595

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the convictions received by Defendants, three former employees of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), for a number of federal offenses related to aspects of NECC's operation that were id...

Molina-Diaz v. Rosen  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 15-2321

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the order of the immigration judge (IJ) denying Petitioner's application for withholding of removal, holding that the IJ and BIA mad...

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1661, 19-1922, 19-1857, 19-1729

Justia Opinion Summary: In this litigation surrounding the development of a gaming facility on the trust lands of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, the Wampanoag Tribal Council of Gay Head, Inc., and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Corporation (co...

Kelley v. United States  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1932

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's petition to vacate his conviction and sentence stemming from a 2003 plea agreement for being a felon in possession of a firearm, holding t...

United States v. Alexandre  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2047

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction in the United States District Court for the District of Maine for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, holding that the district court did not err in...

US v. Frederickson
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1033
Morales-Figueroa v. Valdes, D.C.  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1092

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court taxing Appellant with costs related to expert witnesses used at a jury trial that Appellant lost in his medical malpractice suit...

United States v. Centeno-Gonzalez  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 17-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Law enforcement officers stopped Defendant as he drove by in a vehicle tha...

United States v. Torres-Monje  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 17-2163

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for possession of child pornography, holding that the Government's evidence was sufficient to convict Defendant. The district court denied Defendant's motions for judgme...

Comcast of Maine/New Hampshire v. Mills  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting a preliminary injunction against enforcement against a State of Maine law requiring cable operators to offer their subscribers the option of buying a...

Stuart v. City of Framingham, Massachusetts  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1135

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants, the City of Framingham and Brian Simoneau, in this lawsuit raising Massachusetts Whistleblower Act claims an...

Jackson v. ING Bank, FSB  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 17-9002

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the bankruptcy court declaring a foreclosure void and awarding Appellant damages but denying relief on her remaining claims, holding that Appellant's challenges on appeal were e...

Oliveira v. Wilkinson  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1258

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the determination of an immigration judge (IJ) that Petitioners, a husband and wife who were natives and citizens of Brazil, were no...

United States v. Rivera  
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1340

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit reversed the decision of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress the evidence discovered during an inventory search of a vehicle that a Massachusetts State Police trooper stopped on a...

United States v. Rogers  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2097

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court revoking Defendant's supervised release and sentencing him to six months of imprisonment and an additional eight years of supervised release, holding that Def...

Alston v. Town of Brookline, Massachusetts  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1434

Justia Opinion Summary: In this civil rights action alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. 1981, 1983, and 1985, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing with prejudice Plaintiff's claims against Stanley Spiegel and la...

United States v. Gonzalez-Flores  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-1607, 19-1118

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, holding that the district court did not err in sentencing Defendant but should have provided a sealed copy of the written...

United States v. Maldonado  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated Defendant's sentence and remanded this case for resentencing, holding that the district court must recalculate the Guidelines sentencing range. Defendant pleaded guilty to charges of distributi...

Burnett v. Ocean Properties, Ltd., Burnett v. Ameriport, LLC
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2086, 19-2087
Alasaad v. Wolf
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1077, 20-1081
Victim Rights Law Center v. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1748

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellants' motion to intervene in the underlying suit involving a challenge to the U.S. Department of Education's recent promulgation of a challenged...

Suarez-Torres v. Panaderia y Reposteria Espana, Inc.  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1618

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising from a lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Act the First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying Plaintiffs' post-ju...

United States v. Tom  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1639

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, holding that the district court did not err in concluding that the police officers had reasonable susp...

Emhart Industries, Inc. v. CNA Holdings LLC  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1563

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the ruling of the district court approving a consent decree to which Appellants, three companies, were not parties but that had been entered into by certain federal agencies, Emhart Industries,...

Dahua Technology USA, Inc. v. Zhang  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1107

Justia Opinion Summary: In this contract dispute under Massachusetts law between Dahua Technology USA Inc. and Feng Zhang, Dahua's former employee, the First Circuit vacated the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Dahua, hold...

US v. Castillo
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1966
United States v. Farmer  
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1603

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence imposed after he pled guilty to six counts stemming from a robbery of a federal confidential informant during a guns-for-cash deal, holding that Defendant wa...

United States v. Frederickson  
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1033

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court revoking Defendant's supervised release after he was acquitted of a criminal assault charge arising from the same incident leading to his revocation, holding...

Bryan v. American Airlines, Inc.  
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1690

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action brought under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), 45 U.S.C. 151 et seq., the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's claim against American Airlines, Inc. and later granti...

Primarque Products Co. v. Williams West & Witt's Products Co.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1463

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal and cross-appeal stemming from litigation that followed the termination of an almost forty-year business relationship between a company that manufactured and supplied soup base products (Manufacturer) and...

Woo v. Spackman  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1527

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal concerning the scope and reach of 28 U.S.C. 1963 - a statute permitting the registration of certain judgment in a federal district court - the First Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment concludin...

O'Rourke v. Tiffany & Co.  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1404

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Employer and dismissing Employee's claims for retaliation in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U....

US v. Rougeau
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1729
Alasaad v. Wolf  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1077, 20-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: In this civil action brought by plaintiffs seeking to enjoin policies governing searches of electronic devices at the United States' borders, the First Circuit found no violations of either the Fourth Amendment or the Fi...

Zaruma-Guaman v. Wilkinson  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1533

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit denied Petitioner's petition for judicial review seeking to set aside the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the denial of his application for asylum, withholding of removal, a...

Pinto Lugo v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1181, 19-1160, 19-1182

Justia Opinion Summary: In these three consolidated appeals arising out of the Title III debt-restructuring proceedings brought by the Financial Oversight and Management Board (Board) for Puerto Rico on behalf of the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Finan...

McLaughlin v. Tiverton Town Council
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1473
Burnett v. Ocean Properties, Ltd.  
Date: February 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2086

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court upholding the jury verdict awarding Plaintiff compensatory on his claims of failure to accommodate his disability at work but remitting the jury's punitive da...

Benitez v. Wilkinson  
Date: January 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1541

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit granted Petitioner's petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) denial of his motion to reopen his removal proceedings and to remand to the immigration judge (IJ) for further conside...

United States v. Cruz-Ramos  
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 18-1569

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of committing, or aiding and abetting others in committing, the crimes of RICO conspiracy, drug conspiracy, and other crimes, holding tha...

Hernandez v. Wilkinson  
Date: January 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1711

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment to the government on all of Plaintiff's claims, holding that summary judgment was properly granted on Plaintiff's sex discrimination an...

United States v. Aybar-Ulloa  
Date: January 25, 2021
Docket Number: 15-2377

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction for 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-...

Nandjou v. Marriott Int'l, Inc.
Date: January 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2189
US v. Abell
Date: January 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1120
Securities & Exchange Commission v. Johnston  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2264

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law and for a new trial in this civil enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, holding...

Shurtleff v. City of Boston  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1158

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the City of Boston and the Commissioner of Boston's Property Management Department (collectively, the City) as to Plaintiff...

White v. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1696
New Hampshire Lottery Commission v. Rosen  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1835

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit held that the Wire Act's prohibitions are limited to interstate wire communications related to bets or wagers on sporting events or contests, thus affirming the district court's grant of Plaintiffs' mot...

US v. Mumme
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1983
In Re: App for an Order v.
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1239, 20-1241
Feliciano-Rodriguez v. United States  
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 15-1964

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Petitioner's petition under 28 U.S.C. 2255 to vacate his sentence on the basis that he received ineffective assistance of counsel regarding his rejection of a ple...

Justiniano v. Walker  
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgments of the lower courts dismissing Plaintiff's wrongful death and civil rights claims against the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy Alben for failure to...

QBE Seguros v. Morales-Vazquez  
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1503

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute between a boat owner and his insurance company, the First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of the insurer, holding that the district court properly applied the doctrine of uber...

Bayley's Campground Inc. v. Mills  
Date: January 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1559

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court refusing to enter Plaintiffs' requested preliminary injunction, holding that the district court correctly held that Plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a likelih...

United States v. Flores-Quinones  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-2029, 18-2030

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentences imposed in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm, holding that the sentences were procedurally and substantively reasonable. Defenda...

Nandjou v. Marriott International, Inc.  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2189

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal arising out of a lawsuit for damages that Plaintiff brought against three defendants in connection with the drowning deaths of her husband and son, the First Circuit reversed the judgment of the district c...

United States v. Abell  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1120

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the district court's order granting the government's request to garnish Appellant's husband's 401(k) account and apply the proceeds to his nearly four million dollar criminal restitution obliga...

Porsche Automobile Holding SE v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co.  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1239, 20-1241

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decisions of the district court in these appeals challenging the court's discretionary rulings in connection with a request under 28 U.S.C. 1782 to conduct court-ordered discovery for use i...

Union de Trabajadores de la Industria Electrica y Riego v. Ortiz Vazquez  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1332

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) Title III court in Puerto Rico the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Petitioner's mandamus petition for failure to sta...

US v. Karani
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1031
United States v. Quiles-Lopez  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1379, 19-1380

Justia Opinion Summary: In this consolidated appeal brought by Appellant to contest the sentences he received in two separate cases, the First Circuit affirmed the sentences, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion. In the first...

United States v. Patrone  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1486

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute drugs and one count of possessing a firearm as an alien unlawfully present in the United St...

United States v. Santa-Soler  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-1562, 19-1565

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals the First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed following his conviction on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and Defendant's sentence imposed following the revo...

United States v. Ouellette  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2092

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, holding that the sentence was reasonable. After Defendant pleaded guilty,...

United States v. Estes  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2111

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court granting the government's motion in limine to admit a recording of a 911 call placed by Defendant's girlfriend, holding that the Confrontation Clause was not...

Hernandez-Gotay v. United States  
Date: January 14, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2236, 20-1084

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated cases, the First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court rejecting Plaintiffs' suits seeking to enjoin the enforcement of Section 12616 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which...

White v. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.  
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1696

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment against Matthew White and for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP), White's former employer, on White's claims based on Maine employment law...

United States v. Mumme  
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1983

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of possession of child pornography and sentence of ninety-six months' imprisonment followed by lifetime supervised release, holding that Defendant's arguments on appeal w...

Fagre v. Parks  
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment against Plaintiff, acting as the personal representative of the estate of Ambrosia Fagre (Amber), on claims related to Amber's death, h...

IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co. v. Government Employees Insurance Co.  
Date: January 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1407

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the First Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, holding that the arguments on appeal brought by Government Employees Insurance Com...

Al Amiri v. Rosen  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1447

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit vacated and remanded the ruling of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Petitioner's claims for asylum and withholding of removal, holding that substantial evidence did not support the BIA's f...

Avendano v. Balza  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1251

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Mother's petition under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction for return of her son (Child) to Venezuela from the...

Aguasvivas v. Pompeo  
Date: January 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1937

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Petitioner's habeas corpus petition after the Dominican Republic requested Petitioner for extradition, holding that the United States failed to file...

United States v. Karani  
Date: January 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1031

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm and one count of making a false statement in a record required to be kept by federal law, holdin...