Second Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was established in 1891. The Court is located in New York City and exercises appellate jurisdiction over courts in six districts within the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont:

Browse Opinions From the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States v. Guerrero  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1851

Justia Opinion Summary: Guided by its recent decision in United States v. Townsend, 897 F.3d 66 (2d Cir. 2018), the Second Circuit concluded that the phrase "controlled substance" as used in the 2014 Guidelines' definition of "felony drug traff...

Division 1181 A.T.U -- New York Employees Pension Fund v. City of New York Department of Education  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3147

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of the Fund's claims against the DOE for delinquent withdrawal liability payments under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Agreements Act (MPPAA). The court held tha...

Jander v. International  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3518

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs appealed the district court's dismissal of their action against fiduciaries of IBM's employee stock option plan (ESOP), claiming that defendants violated their duty under the Employee Retirement Income Securit...

Muschette v. Gionfriddo  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3817

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit reversed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for summary judgment based on qualified immunity. Defendant, a police officer, tased a student at the American School for the Deaf after givin...

Gorman v. Rensselaer County  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that defendants retaliated against him in violation of his First Amendment rights after he filed a report...

United States v. Vinas  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1966

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit vacated the district court's denial of a motion for a new trial after defendant was convicted of importing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine. The court held that the Government's pre-tri...

United States v. Lutchman  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 17-291

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit affirmed defendant's 240 month sentence after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The court held that, although defendant's plea agreement c...

United States v. Walters  
Date: December 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2373

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a professional sports gambler, appealed his conviction of securities fraud and related crimes. The Second Circuit held that, although it was undisputed that a special agent's leaks to reporters violated the gr...

General Re Life Corp. v. Lincoln National Life Insurance  
Date: November 28, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2496

Justia Opinion Summary: General Re entered into a Reinsurance Agreement with Lincoln, which allowed General Re to increase premiums only if the increase was founded on a “change in anticipated mortality.”. If General Re exercised that right, Li...

Sleepy's LLC v. Select Comfort Wholesale Corp.  
Date: November 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3560

Justia Opinion Summary: Sleepyʹs purchased beds from the Select Comfort for resale in Sleepyʹs stores and suspected that Select Comfort was disparaging Sleepyʹs stores and the particular line of Select Comfort beds it sold. Sleepy’s sued, alle...

Radha Geismann, M.D., P.C. v. ZocDoc, Inc.  
Date: November 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-2692

Justia Opinion Summary: Geismann filed a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. 227, class action complaint, alleging that it received unsolicited faxes from ZocDoc. After Geismann moved for class certification, ZocDoc made a sett...

Garner v. Lee  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-78

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit vacated the district court's grant of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus based on ineffective assistance of counsel. The court held that, given the strong evidence of petitioner's guilty, he failed...

Wilson v. Dynatone Publishing Co.  
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1549

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the circumstances of this case, copyright registration, without more, does not trigger accrual of an ownership claim under section 205(c) of the Copyright Act. The Second Circuit denied a petition for rehearing in...

Lanning v. City of Glens Falls  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-970

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of defendants' motions for judgment on the pleadings in an action alleging malicious prosecution and denial of equal protection of the laws. The court held that New...

United States v. Zemlyansky  
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-409

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiring to engage in racketeering in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The court held that the government was not preclu...