2024 First Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

US v. Candelario
Date: June 24, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1329
US v. Abreu  
Date: June 21, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1339

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Irvin Abreu, who pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The district court sentenced him to 315 months in prison, applying an enhanced mandatory minimum sentence of 300 months…

US v. Rivera-Medina
Date: June 20, 2024
Docket Number: 20-2131
Ithier v. Aponte Cruz  
Date: June 18, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1859

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between the owners of El Gran Combo, one of the most popular Puerto Rican bands in history, and the band's former lead vocalist, Carlos Aponte-Cruz. The dispute centers on the interpretation…

Analog Technologies, Inc. v. Analog Devices, Inc.  
Date: June 18, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Analog Technologies, Inc. ("ATI") and its CEO Dr. Gang Liu, who accused Analog Devices, Inc. ("ADI") of misappropriating trade secrets under federal and Massachusetts law. ATI claimed that they took…

US v. Aponte-Colon  
Date: June 17, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1422

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Jean Carlos Aponte-Colón ("Aponte") who was sentenced to a term of imprisonment longer than the range recommended by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Aponte had pleaded guilty to possessing with intent…

G.P. v. Garland
Date: June 14, 2024
Docket Number: 24-1119
Financial Oversight and Management Board v. U.S. Bank National Assn.  
Date: June 12, 2024
Docket Numbers: 23-2036, 23-2054, 23-2057, 23-2053, 23-2052, 23-2049, 23-2050

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute over the rights of parties holding certain revenue bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA") before it entered reorganization proceedings under Title III of the Puerto…

Mejia v. Garland
Date: June 11, 2024
Docket Numbers: 19-1468, 20-2204
G.P. v. Garland  
Date: June 11, 2024
Docket Number: 24-1119

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a 52-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, G.P., who unlawfully entered the United States twice and was convicted for drug trafficking both times. After serving his sentence for the second…

Foss v. Marvic  
Date: June 10, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1214

Justia Opinion Summary: A graphic designer, Cynthia Foss, filed a lawsuit against Marvic, Inc., Brady-Built, Inc., and Charter Communications, alleging copyright infringement. Foss claimed that Marvic and Brady-Built used a marketing brochure…

L. M. v. Town of Middleborough, Massachusetts  
Date: June 9, 2024
Docket Numbers: 23-1535, 23-1645

Justia Opinion Summary: A minor, L.M., represented by his father and stepmother, sued the Town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, the Middleborough School Committee, and various school officials, alleging that his First Amendment rights were…

United States v. Mojica-Ramos  
Date: June 6, 2024
Docket Numbers: 22-1204, 22-1205

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Yavier Mojica-Ramos, was on supervised release after serving a five-year sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. In 2020, he was arrested for unlawfully possessing two…

US v. Polaco-Hance  
Date: June 3, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1942

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Jean Carlos Polaco-Hance, was convicted of being a felon in unlawful possession of a machinegun. He was sentenced to seventy-two months in prison, a sentence that was forty percent higher than the upper…

US v. Carmona  
Date: June 3, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1947

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Ronald Yoel Marte Carmona, was convicted on charges related to multiple fentanyl sales. He appealed, challenging the district court's denial of his motions to suppress the fruits of a Terry stop and…

Skoly v. McKee  
Date: May 31, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1687

Justia Opinion Summary: A Rhode Island oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Stephen T. Skoly, refused to comply with a COVID-19 Emergency Regulation issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RI DOH) that required all healthcare workers…

US v. Villa-Guillen
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1545
United States v. Reardon  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1883

Justia Opinion Summary: Nathan Reardon, who had been self-employed for 24 years, was convicted of bank fraud after submitting fraudulent applications for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a financial assistance program enacted…

US v. Cortes-Lopez
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1918
Puerto Rico Fast Ferries LLC v. SeaTran Marine, LLC  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1301

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Puerto Rico Fast Ferries LLC ("Fast Ferries") and Mr. Cade, LLC and SeaTran Marine, LLC ("SeaTran") (collectively, "defendants-appellees"). Fast Ferries had entered into a Master Time Charter Agreement…

UBS Financial Services Inc. v. Estate of Jose Nazario Serrano  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1216

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (ERS), which was established in 1951 as the Commonwealth's pension program for public employees. The…

Tulung v. Garland  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1241

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an Indonesian family, Edwin Kurniawan Tulung, Elizabeth Angelia Karauwan, and their son Enrico Geraldwin Tulung, who fled to the United States in 2004 due to fear of persecution for their Christian…

United States v. Villa-Guillen  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1545

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Ricardo Villa-Guillen, who was convicted by a jury for conspiring to traffic cocaine from Puerto Rico to the continental United States. Villa appealed, alleging errors in the district court proceedings.…

United States v. Calderon-Zayas  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Numbers: 22-1353, 22-1447

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Victor J. Calderon-Zayas, was convicted of aiding and abetting another person to illegally possess a machine gun, a violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2 and 922(o). This conviction occurred while Calderon-Zayas was…

Brown v. Penders  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: Suzanne Brown, a federal prisoner, appealed the denial of her habeas corpus petition. Brown was convicted on twelve counts of making a materially false statement to a federal agency and was sentenced to twelve months of…

Djokro v. Garland  
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1712

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Hartono Djokro and his son William Djokro, citizens of Indonesia who entered the United States as nonimmigrant visitors and overstayed their visas. In 2007, Hartono Djokro filed an application for…

United States v. Cruz-Agosto  
Date: May 14, 2024
Docket Numbers: 21-1892, 21-1893

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Ángel Cruz-Agosto, who was convicted as a felon in possession of a firearm following a guilty plea. Cruz-Agosto was arrested after police officers observed him pull a pistol from his waistband and drop…

United States v. Wright  
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1704

Justia Opinion Summary: David Wright was indicted for conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and aiding and abetting. Superseding…

Aldea-Tirado v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP  
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: Jennifer D. Aldea-Tirado, an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PWC), filed a lawsuit against her employer alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and…

United States v. Cortes-Lopez  
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1918

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Alejandro Cortés-López, who was serving a 24-month prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Cortés-López had entered into a plea agreement with the government,…

Pritt v. John Crane Inc.
Date: May 10, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1953
US v. Ramirez-Ayala  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1181

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Miguel F. Ramirez-Ayala, who pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearms and controlled substances in 2015. After serving his federal prison sentence, he began a three-year supervised-release term.…

Rivera-Velazquez v. Regan  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1356

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Carlos M. Rivera-Velázquez, an employee of the Caribbean Environmental Protection Division (CEPD), a component of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rivera, a military veteran with a…

Rosenthal v. Bloomingdales.com, LLC  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1683

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Scott Rosenthal, a Massachusetts resident, who filed a class action lawsuit against Bloomingdales.com, LLC, an Ohio-based company with its principal place of business in New York. Rosenthal alleged that…

United States v. Morales-Velez  
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1264

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Andy G. Morales-Veléz, who appealed two rulings related to his guilty plea for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Morales argued that his 120-month sentence was both…

US v. Figaro-Benjamin
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1749
Rivera-Pina v. Luxury Hotels International of Puerto Rico  
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1377

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of former employees of Luxury Hotels International of Puerto Rico, operating as Ritz-Carlton Hotel Spa & Casino, sued the company for alleged violations of federal and Puerto Rico law in connection with their…

US v. Abbas
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1864
Deaton v. Town of Barrington  
Date: May 3, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1794

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, John Deaton, was arrested and charged with assault, battery, and disorderly conduct following an altercation at a youth football game. Although the charges were later dismissed, Deaton filed state and…

Cabrera v. Garland  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: A family from Guatemala sought asylum in the United States after receiving death threats from a local gang. The family, led by Ana Luisa Donis-Hernandez de Cabrera, had fled their home country after an extortion attempt…

US v. Figaro-Benjamin  
Date: April 30, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1749

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Maximiliano Fígaro-Benjamín, a co-conspirator in a multi-defendant drug conspiracy case. Fígaro-Benjamín was part of a crew that transported cocaine between Puerto Rico and St. Thomas on a vessel named…

US v. Abbas  
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1864

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Hassan Abbas, who was convicted on several counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Abbas was found guilty of participating in an email-based fraud scheme that targeted citizens of Massachusetts. He…

United States v. Dudley  
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Numbers: 23-1496, 23-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Joel Dudley, who was appealing the 2023 revocation of his supervised release and his sentence of two terms of two years of incarceration, to be served consecutively, followed by supervised release for…

United States v. Rosa-Borges  
Date: April 26, 2024
Docket Numbers: 22-1195, 22-1218

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Reynaldo Rosa-Borges, who was sentenced to 72 months for unlawful firearm possession and 36 months for violating the terms of his supervised release from a previous conviction. The firearm and…

United States v. Santonastaso  
Date: April 26, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1944

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Antonio Santonastaso, was convicted of making a false statement to federal investigators and attempted witness tampering. The charges stemmed from a 2018 investigation by the Federal Aviation…

Casey v. US  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1414

Justia Opinion Summary: Lashaun Casey was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty by a jury of carjacking and murdering an undercover police officer. Casey sought a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that his trial attorney failed…

Melone v. Coit  
Date: April 25, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1736

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute over the construction of an offshore wind project aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The project, proposed by Vineyard Wind 1, LLC, was expected to provide energy sufficient to power…

Kinzer v. Whole Foods Market, Inc.  
Date: April 24, 2024
Docket Numbers: 22-1064, 23-1100

Justia Opinion Summary: In the summer of 2020, amid pandemic mask mandates and nationwide racial justice protests, Whole Foods Market, Inc. began disciplining employees who wore facemasks to work supporting the Black Lives Matter movement,…

Nantucket Residents Against Turbines v. U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  
Date: April 24, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1501

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of Nantucket residents, organized as Nantucket Residents Against Turbines, challenged the approval of the Vineyard Wind project by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The project involves the…

Hoover v. Hyatt Corporation  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1226

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Brendan Hoover, was struck in the head by a descending elevator gate while working at a Hyatt Hotel. He filed a lawsuit against Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Otis Elevator Company, alleging negligence due…

United States v. Boyrie-Laboy  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1354

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Carlos Rubén Boyrie-Laboy, a Puerto Rico Police officer, who was convicted under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1951, 371, and 641 for his involvement in a conspiracy to commit robbery and theft of government…

Bannon v. Godin  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1958

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Jennifer Root Bannon, who sued six law enforcement officers and the City of Boston on behalf of her brother's estate. Her brother, Juston Root, was fatally shot by the officers after a series of events…

United States v. Perez-Delgado  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1231

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Ricardo Perez-Delgado, who was sentenced to forty years in prison for his role in a violent robbery that resulted in the death of a businessman. The sentence was significantly higher than the guideline…

Mahoney v. Del Toro  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1615

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Richard Mahoney, a U.S. Navy veteran, appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit after the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) denied his 2018 petition to upgrade his 1989 other…

United States v. Nieves-Diaz  
Date: April 17, 2024
Docket Numbers: 21-1519, 21-1520

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Heclouis Nieves-Díaz, was on supervised release for a federal drug conviction when he was convicted of possession of ammunition as a convicted felon, illegal possession of a machine gun, and possession…

Philibotte v. Palizza
Date: April 17, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1516
US v. Centariczki  
Date: April 15, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1194

Justia Opinion Summary: Edgar Centariczki, the defendant, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine and fentanyl in 2021. He was sentenced to time served (two days) and three years of supervised release. His case…

Universitas Education, LLC v. Granderson  
Date: April 15, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1675

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Universitas Education, LLC initiated a lawsuit against Jack E. Robinson, III, alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Robinson defended himself until his death in November…

Corrigan v. Boston University  
Date: April 12, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1003

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Caitlin Corrigan, a graduate student at Boston University (BU), who sued the university under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for implementing a mandatory COVID-19 testing program. Corrigan…

United States v. Reynolds  
Date: April 9, 2024
Docket Number: 20-1268

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Francis M. Reynolds, who was convicted of three counts of obstruction of a United States Securities and Exchange Commission proceeding and one count of securities fraud. The District Court sentenced him…

United States ex rel. Zotos v. Town of Hingham  
Date: April 8, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1694

Justia Opinion Summary: Frederic P. Zotos, an attorney residing in Cohasset, Massachusetts, filed a qui tam complaint against the Town of Hingham and several of its officials. Zotos alleged that the town and its officials posted speed limit…

In Re: Burgos Amador v.
Date: April 5, 2024
Docket Number: 19-2060
United States v. Rathbun  
Date: April 5, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1192

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves John Michael Rathbun, who was convicted for creating a homemade firebomb and placing it near a Jewish living facility in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The bomb was discovered and Rathbun was identified as…

In Re: Burgos Amador v.
Date: April 2, 2024
Docket Number: 19-2060
Khalil v. Garland  
Date: March 29, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1443

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case involving an Egyptian petitioner, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reviewed the denial of the petitioner's claim for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention…

US v. Condron  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1032

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case at hand, the defendant, Christopher Condron, was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States by obtaining payment for false claims. He had been involved in submitting applications to…

Jespersen v. Colony Insurance Company  
Date: March 25, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1522

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, a married couple, both visually impaired, sued Colony Insurance Company to recover for the injuries they suffered when the wife fell down a restaurant's stairs. The couple had previously sued the…

US v. Tsarnaev
Date: March 22, 2024
Docket Number: 16-6001
US v. Tsarnaev
Date: March 21, 2024
Docket Number: 16-6001
Ferreira v. Garland
Date: March 21, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1543
Efron v. UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico  
Date: March 20, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1858

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the plaintiff-appellant, David Efron, filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claim and various Puerto Rico law…

United States v. Orlandella  
Date: March 20, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1686

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Brian Orlandella, was convicted by a jury of sexual exploitation of a minor and transfer of obscene material to a minor. The charges arose from Orlandella's interactions with a minor via the Kik messenger…

Dutra v. Trustees of Boston University
Date: March 20, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1385
United States v. Sastrom  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1750

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Roy Sastrom, was serving a term of supervised release, a condition of which was modified by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The court directed Sastrom, upon his release…

United States v. Vasquez-Rodrigue  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1035

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Danybelkis Vasquez-Rodrigue, appealed her jury conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess over 400 grams of fentanyl. Vasquez-Rodrigue argued that the district court erred in denying…

United States v. MacVicar  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a defendant, Kevin MacVicar, who pled guilty to a single count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by the district court to a seven-year term, which was below the guidelines sentencing…

Chun Mendez v. Garland  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1166

Justia Opinion Summary: The case concerns a review petition filed by Mariela Gricelda Chun Mendez and her minor son, natives and citizens of Guatemala. They sought review of the final order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which…

United States v. Gerrish  
Date: March 15, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1317

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit examined a case where the defendant, Derek Gerrish, challenged the constitutionality of a search of his vehicle during his pretrial release on several state…

Caribe Chem Distributors, Corp. v. Southern Agricultural Insecticides, Inc.  
Date: March 13, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1918

Justia Opinion Summary: A Puerto Rican company, Caribe Chem, filed a lawsuit against a Florida company, Southern Agricultural Insecticides, and two Puerto Rican entities. The case was initially non-removable to federal court due to lack of…

Dutra v. Trustees of Boston University  
Date: March 13, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1385

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal, heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, centered on the constitutionality of Massachusetts' Law 80, which retroactively provided immunity to higher education institutions for…

United States v. Ayala-Vazquez  
Date: March 12, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1734

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Ángel M. Ayala-Vázquez was indicted and convicted on multiple drug-related charges, including conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting the possession of with intent to distribute…

Ocean State Tactical, LLC v. Rhode Island  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1072

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit examined an appeal against a district court's refusal to issue a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of a Rhode Island law banning certain…

Jakuttis v. Town of Dracut  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1238

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Joseph A. Jakuttis, a former officer and detective in the Dracut Police Department, who also served as a Task Force Officer for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's Cross Borders Initiative.…

Perry v. Spencer
Date: March 5, 2024
Docket Number: 16-2444
Hudson v. Kelly  
Date: March 5, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1899

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1990, Mac Hudson and Charles Hughes were tried for charges relating to a shooting incident which resulted in the death of one person and injury of another. After being convicted, their verdict was reversed by the…

Halsey v. Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.  
Date: March 4, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1351

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves an appeal from plaintiffs Sara Halsey and Susan Kiralis-Vernon against Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc. The plaintiffs were participants in a state program, Additional Support for People in…

Esteban-Garcia v. Garland  
Date: February 29, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: Sara Esteban-Garcia, a native and citizen of Guatemala and an indigenous woman of Mam descent, petitioned for review of a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) which affirmed an immigration judge's order…

Ferreira da Costa v. Albefaro de Lima  
Date: February 28, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1548

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involved a dispute between two Brazilian nationals, Heitor Ferreira da Costa and Jessica Camila Albefaro de Lima, who were previously married and had a child together. Following their divorce in Brazil, de Lima…

US v. Sierra-Jimenez  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Numbers: 21-1915, 21-1917

Justia Opinion Summary: Juan Sierra-Jiménez was a felon who pled guilty to possessing a firearm. While on supervised release for a prior federal firearm offense, Sierra was arrested and found with a Glock 22 pistol, which had been modified to…

US v. Rand  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1979

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Michael Rand, was indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of distributing a controlled substance. His sentence was time served followed by 36 months of supervised release. Shortly thereafter, Rand…

US v. Crater  
Date: February 23, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1159

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the defendant, Randall Crater, was convicted of wire fraud, unlawful monetary transactions, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting…

US v. Katana  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1867

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Grace Katana appealed his conviction for conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery in violation of the Hobbs Act. He argued that the indictment accused him of conspiring to rob Joseph…

Berkley National Ins. Co. v. Atlantic-Newport Realty LLC  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1959

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, an insurance company, Berkley National Insurance Company, sued two of its insureds, Granite Telecommunications, LLC and Atlantic-Newport Realty…

Jiajing (Beijing) Tourism Co. Ltd. v. AeroBalloon USA, Inc.  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the dispute involved Aeroballoon USA, Inc., and its owner Douglas Hase (collectively, Aeroballoon/Hase), and Jiajing (Beijing) Tourism…

Perry v. Spencer
Date: February 21, 2024
Docket Number: 16-2444
McBreairty v. Miller  
Date: February 21, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1389

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, plaintiff Shawn McBreairty claimed that a local school-board policy violated his First Amendment rights by restricting what he could say at the…

Gattineri v. Wynn MA, LLC
Date: February 20, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1117
Santiago-Martinez v. Fundacion Damas, Inc.  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1718

Justia Opinion Summary: The case concerns parents of a child who suffered severe and permanent injuries at birth due to alleged negligence of the medical staff at Hospital Damas. The parents sued Fundación Damas, Inc., alleging that it operated…

Boykin v. Genzyme Therapeutic Products, LP  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1667

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, an African-American male, brought an employment discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, Genzyme Therapeutic Products, LP, and one of its executives. The plaintiff alleged racial…

Wilkins v. Genzyme Corporation  
Date: February 15, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1782

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of individuals filed a lawsuit against Genzyme Corporation, a drug manufacturer, for injuries allegedly caused by the company's mishandling of a prescription drug shortage between 2009 and 2012. The lawsuit was…

Parmenter v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America  
Date: February 14, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1614

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Plaintiff, Barbara M. Parmenter, had subscribed to a long-term care insurance policy offered by her employer, Tufts University, and underwritten by The Prudential Insurance Company of America. The…

Vivaldi Servicios de Seguridad, Inc. v. Maiso Group, Corp.  
Date: February 14, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1372

Justia Opinion Summary: This case revolves around the dismissal of a case due to the plaintiff's counsel's unexcused absence from the final pretrial conference. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit raised the question of…

Johnson v. City of Biddeford  
Date: February 13, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1399

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiffs, Susan Johnson and Jocelyne Welch, brought an action against the City of Biddeford, Chief of Police Roger P. Beapure, and Officer Edward Dexter of the Biddeford Police Department, alleging a…

SEC v. Gastauer  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1865

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sought to recover approximately $3.3 million from Raimund Gastauer, a German citizen residing in Germany, alleging that Gastauer received the money…

Rhode Island Truck Ctr v. Daimler Trucks North America  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1913

Justia Opinion Summary: In Rhode Island Truck Center, LLC v. Daimler Trucks North America, LLC, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit was asked to determine whether a Rhode Island truck dealer could challenge a ruling by a…

Abraham Gimenez Plaintiff Group v. FOMB  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, five groups of current and former public employees in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (the "Commonwealth") appealed an order by the court…

Carreras Morales v. Silgan Containers Manufacturing Puerto Rico, LLC
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1156
Cruz Ramos v. Toro Verde Corp.
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1639
Martins v. Vermont Mutual Insurance Company  
Date: February 6, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1332

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involved an appellant, Jonathan Martins, who filed a lawsuit against Vermont Mutual Insurance Company. Martins' vehicle was involved in an accident with a vehicle insured by Vermont Mutual. He claimed that the…

Lech v. Von Goeler  
Date: February 2, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: A pregnant inmate, Lidia Lech, filed a lawsuit against several healthcare providers and staff at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center (WCC), alleging that they ignored her serious medical…

Public Interest Legal Foundation, Inc. v. Bellows  
Date: February 2, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1361

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute about the interpretation of the National Voter Registration Act ("NVRA"), specifically Section 8(i)(1). The plaintiff, Public Interest Legal Foundation, Inc. ("PILF"), requested a copy of the…

Mundell v. Acadia Hospital Corp.  
Date: February 1, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1394

Justia Opinion Summary: Clare Mundell worked as a licensed clinical psychologist for Acadia Hospital in Maine. She discovered that her male colleagues were paid significantly more than her for comparable work. Mundell brought a sex…

Triantos v. Guaetta & Benson, LLC  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1774

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Nicholas Triantos, who sued various parties, including the law firm that represented Deutsche Bank in the foreclosure sale of his home, and the three partners of the firm. The district court dismissed…

US v. De La Cruz  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1189

Justia Opinion Summary: James De La Cruz was indicted for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 400 grams or more of fentanyl. He pleaded guilty to both counts and was subsequently…

Ward v. Schaefer  
Date: January 29, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1547

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, Virginia Cora Ward, the administratrix of the estate of Edmund Edward Ward, appealed against the verdict in favor of Dr. Ernst J. Schaefer. Edmund Edward Ward, who suffered from a rare…

Cruzado v. Alves
Date: January 26, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1027
Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. Smith & Wesson Brands Inc.
Date: January 26, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1823
GoldenTree Asset Management LP v. FOMB
Date: January 26, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1737
Pineda-Maldonado v. Garland  
Date: January 24, 2024
Docket Number: 20-1912

Justia Opinion Summary: Ricardo Jose Pineda-Maldonado, a native and citizen of El Salvador, sought review of a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that denied his application for asylum and claims for withholding of removal and…

Franchini v. Investor's Bus. Daily, Inc.
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: 19-1389
Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. Smith & Wesson Brands Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1823

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the government of Mexico against several U.S. gun manufacturers and a gun distributor. The lawsuit…

Trindade v. Grove Services, Inc.  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Numbers: 23-1288, 23-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a district court's decision concerning a wage dispute between an employee and his former employer. The employee, Paulo Trindade, claimed that his former…

GoldenTree Asset Management LP v. Financial Oversight and Management Board  
Date: January 22, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1737

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit considered an appeal from a ruling by the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico concerning the restructuring of debts of the…

United States v. Colon-Cordero  
Date: January 19, 2024
Docket Numbers: 22-1171, 22-1172

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the defendant, Luis Ángel Colón-Cordero, was convicted of violating the terms of his supervised release and charged with new criminal conduct,…

Rivera Rodriguez v. Hospital San Cristobal  
Date: January 19, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1776

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a medical malpractice suit against Hospital San Cristobal (HSC), Dr. Iris Vélez García, and Dr. Zacarías A. Mateo Minaya by the children of Ramona Rodríguez Rivera, who passed away while in the care of…

Franchini v. Investor's Bus. Daily, Inc.
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: 19-1389
United States v. Arce-Ayala  
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: 21-1511

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant Samuel Arce-Ayala, a leader of a drug trafficking organization, pled guilty to federal charges related to drug trafficking and firearm possession. He believed, based on his plea agreement and…

US v. Colcord
Date: January 17, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1550
Hamdallah v. CPC Carolina PR, LLC  
Date: January 12, 2024
Docket Numbers: 21-1791, 21-1794, 21-1805, 21-1795

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled on a case involving a commercial real estate transaction in Puerto Rico that failed to close. The sellers of the property, located in Valle Arriba Heights,…

Trindade v. Grove Services, Inc.  
Date: January 12, 2024
Docket Numbers: 23-1288, 23-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: Paulo Trindade, a former employee of Grove Services, Inc., sued his previous employer for breach of contract and violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act, claiming he had been underpaid on his sales commission…

Lawrence General Hospital v. Continental Casualty Co.  
Date: January 10, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit considered a case where Lawrence General Hospital (LGH) sued Continental Casualty Company for denying coverage for losses LGH alleges it suffered during the…

US v. Colcord  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant Jason Colcord, appealed his sentence for knowingly accessing and viewing over 900 child pornography images. Colcord pled guilty to this charge and was subsequently sentenced to 145 months…

US v. Perez
Date: January 4, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1121
US v. Sansone  
Date: January 4, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1464

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Paul Sansone, the defendant-appellant, was convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 46 months of imprisonment, the upper end of the sentencing guideline range. Sansone challenged…

Pitta v. Medeiros  
Date: January 4, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1513

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case involving an attorney father, Scott D. Pitta, and the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Pitta's…

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