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Massachusetts Judgment Law
Michelle Kosilek v. Luis S. Spencer

This case involves important
issues that arise under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution. We are asked to determine whether the district court
erred in concluding that the Massachusetts Department of Correction
("DOC") has violated the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the
Eighth Amendment by providing allegedly inadequate medical care to
prisoner Michelle Ko... More...
   $0 (12-16-2014 - MA)

Stephen Rossetti v. United States of Amercia

Stephen Rossetti was convicted
on federal criminal charges arising from a plot to rob an armored
car depot in Eaton, Massachusetts. Having exhausted his direct
appeals, Rossetti now seeks collateral review on a petition for a
writ of habeas corpus, arguing that he was denied his Sixth
Amendment right to counsel and that the district court wrongly
refused to modify his sente... More...
   $0 (12-09-2014 - MA)

Brian Hunt and Kimberly Hunt v. David Massi and James Porter and Town of Falmouth

This civil rights case arises out of
the refusal of officers serving an arrest warrant to accede to the
request of an arrestee, Brian Hunt, that he be handcuffed with his
hands in front of him, and the ensuing events.
Hunt and his wife brought this case, asserting violations
of his federal constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, as
well as pendent state law claims. T... More...
   $0 (12-10-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Eric Leonard

Boston, Suffolk County, MA - The United States of America charged Eric Leonard with armed bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2113A.F.

03/16/2011 ELECTRONIC Clerk's Notes for proceedings held before Judge William G. Young:Sentencing held on 3/16/2011 as to Eric Leonard for Eric Leonard (1), Count(s) 1-3, The defendant is committed to the custody of the BOP for 36 months to be followe... More...
   $0 (03-16-2011 - MA)

Crystal Litz v. The Saint Consulting Group, Inc.

Appellants Crystal Litz and
Amanda Payne ("plaintiffs") claim unpaid overtime wages for their
work as project managers for The Saint Consulting Group, Inc.
("Saint Consulting"). The district court concluded that plaintiffs
were "highly compensated employees" and thus exempt from the
overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").
29 U.S.C. § 213(a)(1); 2... More...
   $0 (11-04-2014 - MA)

Brendon J. Lydon v. Local 103

Brendon Lydon believes that his union — Local 103 of the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ("Local 103") —
runs its hiring hall in a discriminatory way, retaliated against
him for complaining about the discrimination, and breached its duty
of fair representation. So he sued Local 103 in district court,
alleging violations of several federal labor laws. Acting ... More...
   $0 (10-24-2014 - MA)

David Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.

CVS Pharmacy, Inc. takes this
interlocutory appeal from an order granting the plaintiffs' motion
to remand a putative class action for wage and hour violations. In
this case of first impression in this circuit, we clarify the
removal time periods and mechanisms under the Class Action Fairness
Act of 2005 ("CAFA").
Under CAFA, federal courts have jurisdiction over a classMore...
   $0 (10-24-2014 - MA)

Thomas Stalcup v. Central Intelligence Agency

Though clouded by an airline
disaster and claims of a government cover-up, this case ultimately
turns on a relatively straightforward question: must the
government release certain information? Plaintiff-Appellant Thomas
Stalcup brought this Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") suit
against the Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA"), seeking two
documents from an investigation i... More...
   $0 (10-06-2014 - MA)

Maj. Shannon L. McLaughlin v. Chuck Hagel

The plaintiffs ("McLaughlin
Group"), who prevailed in a constitutional challenge to Section 3
of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), 1 U.S.C. § 7, appeal from
the district court's denial of fees and costs under the Equal
Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. §§ 2412(a)(1) & (d).
Whether prevailing parties who successfully challenged Section 3 of
DOMA are entitled t... More...
   $0 (09-23-2014 - MA)

Robbie Pollard v. Law Office of Mandy L. Spaulding

This is one of the relatively rare
occasions on which we have been asked, in a non-class-action
setting, to visit the precincts patrolled by the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p.
Specifically, we are tasked with determining whether a particular
collection letter satisfies section 1692g(b) of the FDCPA, which
requires that a debt collecto... More...
   $0 (09-08-2014 - MA)

Darrell D. Debham v. FedEx Home Delivery

Darrell Debnam filed a complaint
against FedEx asserting wage payment claims that can only be
brought by an employee against an employer, and also asserting an
unfair business practice claim under Massachusetts' so-called
"Chapter 93A," Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. 93A, that cannot be brought by
an employee against his employer as such. The actual facts alleged
in the complaint pai... More...
   $0 (09-08-2014 - MA)

Robbie Pollard v. Law Office of Mandy L. Spaulding

This is one of the relatively rare
occasions on which we have been asked, in a non-class-action
setting, to visit the precincts patrolled by the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p.
Specifically, we are tasked with determining whether a particular
collection letter satisfies section 1692g(b) of the FDCPA, which
requires that a debt collecto... More...
   $0 (09-08-2014 - MA)

Jeffrey M. Healey v. Louis S. Spencer

Jeffrey Healey and Edward
Given reside in the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater,
Massachusetts (the Treatment Center or Center). Each has been
civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person (SDP). In
separate suits, Healey and Given challenged the adequacy of sex
offender treatment provided by the Center as well as the conditions
of their confinement. They sou... More...
   $0 (09-03-2014 - MA)

Paul P. Moushigian v. John R. Marderosian

Appellant Paul Moushigian
was a creditor of the Appellees, who were Chapter 7 debtors, until
the bankruptcy court granted them a discharge. Moushigian now
challenges two orders issued by the bankruptcy court after it
granted the discharge. Our review is plenary, “without formal
deference to the district court’s intermediate affirmance.”
Redondo Constr. Corp. v. P.R. H... More...
   $0 (09-03-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Robert A. George

We write today about the curious case of Robert George,
a criminal-lawyer-turned-convict. Our story — which we narrate in
the light most favorable to the government, see United States v.
Acosta-Colón, 741 F.3d 179, 191 (1st Cir. 2013) — starts in a
Massachusetts town, sometime in early 2009. Standing in line to
buy coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts, George bumped into ex-con Rona... More...
   $0 (07-30-2014 - MA)

Michael Dunn v. Trustees of Boston College

Michael Dunn appeals the entry
of summary judgment against him on his claim that his former
employer, Boston University ("BU"), discharged him because of his
age in violation of the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices
Act, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 151B, § 4.1B. The district court ruled
that Dunn had failed to make out a prima facie case of age
discrimination. Without ruling... More...
   $0 (07-30-2014 - MA)

Denise McGrath v. Richard T. Tavares, et al.

This appeal stems from the
tragic deadly shooting of a sixteen-year-old boy named Anthony
McGrath ("Anthony") by a Plymouth police officer. Following the
untimely death of her son, Denise McGrath ("McGrath") filed a 42
U.S.C. § 1983 action, alleging the police officers involved had
used excessive force in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth
Amendments. The two named pol... More...
   $0 (08-01-2014 - MA)

Santos Ramirez v. Carolina Dream, Inc.

Appellant Santos Ramirez, a
seaman, became ill while working aboard a fishing vessel and was
immediately hospitalized when he returned to shore. Shortly
thereafter, he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a serious blood
condition that prevented him from returning to work as a seaman. He
subsequently brought this personal injury action against his
employer, seeking a remedy ... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - MA)

Kathleen Shanley v. Daniel Cadle

This case comes to us after more than two
decades of litigation, which, for some of the individual
plaintiffs, had seemingly come to an end with a 2008 settlement
agreement. That year, the defendants (a debt collection agency and
its owners) proposed a comprehensive mediation and settlement for
three lawsuits brought by individual plaintiffs (debtors) in
federal court (Shan... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - MA)

J.M. Hillister, LLC v. Architectual Access Board

This case turns on the interpretation and application of a Massachusetts regulation requiring that each
"entrance" to a public building or facility be accessible to persons with disabilities.
1 See G. L. c. 22, § 13A; 521 Code Mass. Regs. §§ 5.1, 25.1 (2006). The Architectural Access Board (board) issued a final decision concluding that each of the three doorways of a retail store... More...
   $0 (07-10-2014 - MA)

Bryan Wyman v. Ayer Properties, LLC

On December 8, 2005, Brian Wyman, Frank Thoms, and Vincent Cascio, as trustees of the Market Gallery Condominium Trust (trustees), filed a civil action against Ayer Properties, LLC (Ayer), seeking damages stemming from the negligent construction of elements of a condominium building by Ayer. The trustees alleged that Ayer -- which had purchased and converted the building in question into condomini... More...   $0 (07-10-2014 - MA)

Dione Pereira Lima v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.

"As we must account for every
idle word, so must we account for every idle silence." Benjamin
Franklin's words ring true for Petitioner Dione Pereira Lima, who
struggles mightily to take back his words in the proceedings below,
while simultaneously attempting to assert new claims of error. In
this challenge to a final removal order requiring him to return to
Brazil, Lima at... More...
   $0 (07-09-2014 - MA)

Danielle E. deBenedictis v. Karen A. Brady-Zell

Faced with the grim prospect of a crumbling marriage, Karen A. Brady-Zell (the debtor) engaged Danielle E. deBenedictis (the attorney) to act as her counsel. The debtor paid the attorney an up-front retainer of $25,000. After the representation ended, the attorney billed the debtor for additional fees and expenses of roughly $62,000. The debtor balked, and the attorney filed a state-court collecti... More...   $0 (06-25-2014 - MA)

Eleanor McCullen v. Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts

Massachusetts amended its Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act, which had been enacted in 2000 to address clashes between abortion opponents and advocates of abortion rights outside clinicswhere abortions were performed. The amended version of the Act makes it a crime to knowingly stand on a “public way or sidewalk” within 35 feet of an entrance or driveway to any “reproductive health car... More...   $0 (06-26-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Ronald Merritt

This is the second in a matched set of bookend cases. In the earlier case, we rejected the appeal of Larry Wilkins to set aside his conviction and sentence because of a notorious scandal that shook public confidence in a Massachusetts state testing laboratory. See Wilkins v. United States (Wilkins II), ___ F.3d ___ (1st Cir. 2014) [No. 13-1637, slip op. at 14].

This time around, the appella... More...
   $0 (06-16-2014 - ma)

Katie Graf v. Hospitality Mutual Insurance Company

The Appellee, Hospitality Mutual Insurance Company (“Hospitality”), issued a Liquor Liability Insurance Policy (the “Policy”) to Torcia & Sons, Inc. (“Torcia”). Torcia owns and operates the Fat Cat Bar & Grill (the “Fat Cat”), a Springfield, Massachusetts establishment. The Policy represented the full extent of Torcia’s applicable liability coverage.

The Appellant, Katie G... More...
   $0 (06-11-2014 - MA)

Neal W. Dias v. Verizon New England Inc.

Neal W. Dias, a former employee of Verizon New England Inc., appeals the district court's denial of his motion for a new trial, filed in the wake of a defendant's jury verdict on Dias's claim that Verizon discharged him and subjected him to a hostile work environment in retaliation for engaging in activity protected by Massachusetts antidiscrimination law. Dias says that the jury instructions and ... More...   $0 (06-05-2014 - MA)

Larry Wilkins v. United States of America

In August of 2012, Massachusetts was rocked by the disclosure that Annie Dookhan, a chemist at a state testing laboratory, had falsely certified drug-test results. These revelations called into question a large number of federal and state drug convictions. This case is near the head of the parade: it marks the first time that this court has had the occasion to deal with the effect of Dookhan's sku... More...   $0 (06-03-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Steven G. Marshall

Steven Marshall appeals his conviction for knowingly and willfully obstructing the passage of mails under 18 U.S.C. § 1701. He challenges the court's definition of the term "willfully," claims that evidence of willful obstruction was insufficient, and argues that scheduling irregularities violated due process. We affirm.


Marshall had 26 years of experience with the United States ... More...
   $0 (06-04-2014 - MA)

Dagoberto Sanchez v. Gary Roden, Superintendent

The Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause guarantees that no citizen will be excluded from jury service solely on account of his or her race. This logical proposition, bordering on the obvious, was enshrined as a matter of clearly established constitutional law in Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986). Indeed, "[t]he Constitution forbids striking [from the jury] even a single prospective... More...   $0 (05-28-2014 - MA)

Richard Feingold v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA)

Richard Feingold sued John Hancock Life Insurance Company and John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company (collectively, "Hancock") in a putative class action for damages said to arise from Hancock's adherence to contractual terms requiring that Hancock be given notice of the death of its insureds before death benefits are paid out to beneficiaries. Specifically, Hancock is said to have an obliga... More...   $0 (05-27-2014 - MA)

Rafael Ixcuna Sam v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Petitioner Rafael Ixcuna Sam, a native of Guatemala, seeks review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying his application for withholding of removal. Sam argues that the BIA erred in concluding that he failed to establish "membership in a particular social group" under 8 U.S.C. § 1231(b)(3)(A). After careful consideration, we deny the petition.


Sam is curren... More...
   $0 (05-14-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Sharon Kay Bowles

Sharon Bowles appeals her conviction after jury trial on five counts of theft of government funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641. We affirm.


Bowles was found guilty of fraudulently collecting a total of $77,379 in federal civil service retirement survivor annuity payments made in 2005 through 2009 and intended for her mother, Ann Bowles. As the surviving spouse of a civil servic... More...
   $0 (05-07-2014 - MA)

Ronnie Jones v. City of Boston

In this racial discrimination
case, ten black plaintiffs challenge the Boston Police Department's
drug testing program. Seven of the plaintiffs are former officers
fired by the department after testing positive for cocaine; the
eighth is a former cadet in the same situation; the ninth continues
to work as an officer after testing positive and undergoing
rehabilitation as an... More...
   $0 (05-07-2014 - MA)

Scott Bellone v. Southweick-Tolland Regional School District

In this action alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601-2654, plaintiff-appellant Scott Bellone appeals from the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of his former employer, the Southwick-Tolland Regional School District. He argues, among other things, that the district court overlooked several genuine issues of material fact, misap... More...   $0 (05-02-2014 - MA)

Albert Davidson v. Elin Howe

Plaintiffs Albert and Regina Davidson are guardians of 70-year-old Marilyn Davidson (whom we refer to as "Marilyn"), who is in state care. They appeal from the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction in an action purported to be brought under the federal Medicaid Act and various implementing regulations. Davidson v. Howe, No. 1:13-cv-12634-WGY (D. Mass. Oct. 29, 2013). Plaintiffs sough... More...   $0 (04-16-2014 - MA)

Tracy Bartlett v. Department of the Treasury (Internal Revenue Service)

Tracy Bartlett filed a one-count complaint against her former employer, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), in which she alleged that she had been constructively discharged in violation of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq., and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. The IRS moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground that Ms. Bartlett had... More...   $0 (04-08-2014 - MA)

Frank P. Butler v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, litigants have increasingly sought out clarification regarding the validity of mortgage transfers precipitated by Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. ("MERS"). The general contours of these claims are well known, and many of the facts underlying this case parallel past foreclosure litigation. A homeowner, Frank P. Butler ("Butler"), upon falling b... More...   $0 (04-06-2014 - MA)

Grand Wireless, Inc. v. Verizon Wireless, Inc.

Grand Wireless, Inc. (“Grand”) brought this action in Massachusetts state court against Verizon Wireless, Inc. (“Verizon”) and Verizon employee Erin McCahill. It alleged a violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) against Ms. McCahill, as well as several state law claims against both Ms. McCahill and Verizon. The defendants removed the case t... More...   $0 (03-19-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Michael Jacques

Following a seven-hour interrogation in which he confessed participating in the arson of an African-American church, Michael Jacques was convicted in federal court of conspiracy against civil rights, damage to religious real property, and the use of a fire to commit a felony. On appeal, Jacques argues that the district court erred in admitting his statements into evidence because agents obtained ... More...   $0 (03-11-2014 - MA)

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