1st Circuit (incl. bankruptcy)

The First Circuit Court of Appeals  is comprised of four states in the Northeastern portion of the United States, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and Puerto Rico. In this federal district there are a total of 25 courthouses which fall into the First Circuit’s jurisdiction. These courthouses hear cases which fall under the jurisdiction of federal-level (non-state issues) or cases which are on appeal at the federal districts of each state in the circuit.

Aside from cases heard on appeal from each federal circuit-state (US Territory), certain cases might also be left to the federal circuit if a state or region doesn’t have proper jurisdiction to hear those cases. Possible reasons cases might go directly to the appellate level include: cases where a state-court doesn’t have personal or subject-matter jurisdiction over the parties, criminal cases, or other “special” cases, which bypass the lower level state courts, and are initially heard at the appellate level.

The United States Court of Appeals in the First Circuit is the federal-court system which has appellate jurisdiction over cases which are heard in the 5-federal districts. The main courthouse is the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse, in Boston, Massachusetts. Cases are heard in the courthouse one week out of each month of the year, except for one month (either July or August) when the courthouse is closed.

One week in March or November, the main federal circuit court sits in  Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and United States Courthouse, which is in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Certain times of the year, cases are heard in one of the other 23-courthouses, which fall under the First Circuit-jurisdictional power to hear those cases.

The First Circuit is the smallest of the Federal US Circuit Courts. It currently has six active judges along with three senior judges presiding over cases which go through the federal circuit. Seats in the federal circuit are appointed in the order which judges were appointed to the federal system, and numbered in order the vacancies were filled. Jeffrey R. Howard is currently the chief justice in the First Circuit.

Notable First Circuit cases include Glik v. Cunniffe (2011), where the court decided a private-citizen had the right to record public officials in a public forum.

The National Law Review covers bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, criminal cases at the federal level, and general news-coverage which goes through the court-system. There are legal articles on judge appointments, appeals, and emerging news in the circuit court system published on The National Law Review Website.

Date Title Organization
23
Feb
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21
Feb
The Judge's Decision Vacating EPA's Approval of Florida's "Dredge and Fill" Permit Authority Has Serious Implications for our Renewable Energy Future Mintz
20
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - February 20, 2024 (For the week ending February 18, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
14
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - February 14, 2024 (For the week ending February 11, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
13
Feb
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13
Feb
Part 4: Making a COVID-19 Tuition Suit Last Pierce Atwood LLP
13
Feb
2024 Litigation Look Ahead: 40 Years of Chevron Deference, Administrative Law Precedent Hangs in the Balance Beveridge & Diamond PC
12
Feb
EnforceMintz — Some of 2023’s Largest FCA Resolutions Involved Stark Law Allegations Mintz
9
Feb
First Circuit Says Maine Equal Pay Law Does Not Require Discriminatory Intent Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
8
Feb
Rules of Evidence Require Weighing Relevance of Evidence Against Potential Prejudice McDermott Will & Emery
5
Feb
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - February 5, 2024 (For the week ending February 4, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
5
Feb
Court Finds Red Cross Has Antitrust Immunity, Rejecting Broad Interpretation of the Sherman Act McDermott Will & Emery
1
Feb
The Budget Saves Brandeis: An Update on COVID-19 Tuition Litigation Pierce Atwood LLP
29
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert January 29, 2024 (For the week ending January 28, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
24
Jan
The VPPA (Video Privacy Protection Act) Class Action – Is this Tide Still Coming in? Or Going Out? Polsinelli PC
22
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - January 22, 2024 (For the week ending January 21, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Jan
CFPB Files Amicus Brief in FDCPA Appeal Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
16
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - January 16, 2024 (For the week ending January 14, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Jan
Supreme Court Dismisses ADA Website Accessibility Class Action for Mootness, Vacates First Circuit Decision Pierce Atwood LLP
8
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - January 8, 2024 (For the week ending January 7, 2024) Pierce Atwood LLP
5
Jan
Ultragenyx to Pay $6 Million To Settle False Claims Act Case ArentFox Schiff LLP
26
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - December 26, 2023 (For the Week Ending December 24, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
26
Dec
ADA “Tester” Standing Case Evades US Supreme Court Review—For Now Mintz
19
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - December 19, 2023 (For the week ending December 17, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
12
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - December 12, 2023 (For the week ending December 10, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
11
Dec
U.S. Supreme Court Vacates, Dismisses as Moot Decision Holding ADA ‘Tester’ Has Standing to Sue Jackson Lewis P.C.
4
Dec
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - December 4, 2023 (For the week ending December 3, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
2
Dec
DOJ and FTC Propose New Merger Guidelines to Expand Merger Challenges Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
1
Dec
Binance to Pay Historic $4 Billion Fine ArentFox Schiff LLP
29
Nov
Federal Courts Continue to Grapple with Causation in Anti-Kickback-Based False Claims Act Cases Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
27
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 27, 2023 (For the week ending November 26, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Nov
First Circuit Rules in Favor of Private School in Teacher’s ADA Suit Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
20
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 20, 2023 (For the week ending November 19, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
14
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert - November 14, 2023 (For the week ending November 12, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Nov
Medical Marketer Convicted of $55 Million Fraud Scheme ArentFox Schiff LLP
1
Nov
PFAS Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Update: New Protein Supplement Case In NY CMBG3 Law
30
Oct
District of Massachusetts Split on Causation Standard in Kickback FCA Cases Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
19
Oct
District of Rhode Island Rules that Class Action Waivers are Not Enforceable Outside of Arbitration Pierce Atwood LLP
18
Oct
Offshore Wind Litigation: Court Denies Fishing Groups’ Challenge to Major Offshore Wind Project Bracewell LLP
6
Oct
Federal Judge Rules Government Must Demonstrate “But-For” Causation for Anti-Kickback Statute Claims ArentFox Schiff LLP
6
Oct
STRIKEOUT ON JURISDICTION! Plaintiff Loses on Motion For Leave to File Third Amended Complaint Troutman Amin, LLP
5
Oct
Courts Continue to Grapple with the Causation Standard for False Claims Act Suits Based on Alleged Kickback Schemes, While the Supreme Court Stays on the Sidelines Mintz
3
Oct
Does a Self-Appointed “Tester” Have Standing to Challenge a Place of Public Accommodation’s Failure to Provide Accessibility Information on Its Website? Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
26
Sep
ACKRat is asking the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the Vineyard Wind Project as time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'...into the future. Mintz
26
Sep
Should You Require a Specific Endorsement Naming Your Client as an Additional Insured? Pierce Atwood LLP
21
Sep
In Good Hands: Compilation of Publicly Available Information Can Still Be a Trade Secret McDermott Will & Emery
20
Sep
U.S. District Court in Massachusetts Weighs in on the ‘Material Change’ Doctrine and Nurse Noncompetition Exemption Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
14
Sep
First Circuit Issues Opinion Clarifying FLSA’s Administrative Exemption Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
7
Sep
Court Orders Significant Sanctions Against Plaintiff for Wiping Company Laptop but Stops Short of Dismissing Complaint Proskauer Rose LLP
5
Sep
First Circuit Rejects Insurer’s “Insupportable” Duty-to-Cooperate Defense in Arson Coverage Suit Hunton Andrews Kurth
 

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