Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Based in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was created in 1929. Previously, its districts were a part of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

Learn more in detail about the history and the judges who have served on the Tenth Circuit by visiting the Tenth Circuit Historical Society.

Browse Opinions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Xue v. Lynch
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-9540
Cvancara v. Reams
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1093
Hanlon v. Columbine Management
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1147
United States v. Dowell
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1423
Sweat v. City of Las Cruces
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2218
United States v. Guerrero
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6298
Rife v. McCurtain County Jail Trust
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7019
United States v. McElroy
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8097
United States v. Thornton  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1345

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Christopher Thornton appealed his seventy-eight month prison sentence. The issue this case presented was whether the district court committed procedural error by basing the length of Thornton’s sentence, in par...

Hackford v. Utah  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4120

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard Hackford brought this action seeking to enjoin the State of Utah’s prosecution of traffic offenses he committed in December 2013. He argued on appeal that he was an Indian and the offenses occurred in Indian Coun...

Philadelphia Indemnity v. Lexington Insurance  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5008

Justia Opinion Summary: Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company (“Philadelphia”) and Lexington Insurance Company (“Lexington”) insured the same school building that suffered fire damage. In a declaratory judgment action, they disputed their re...

DeWitt v. Southwestern Bell Telephone  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3192

Justia Opinion Summary: Janna DeWitt appealed a district court’s order granting summary judgment to her former employer, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (SWBTC) on her claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate her disab...

United States v. Humphrey  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4182

Justia Opinion Summary: Reginald Humphrey appealed the denial of his motion to dismiss an indictment charging him with one count of producing child pornography. Humphrey argued the district court erred in rejecting his argument that applying 18...

United States v. Gross
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3302
Wickware v. Johns Manville
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6028