Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Established in 1891 and located in Richmond, Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit exercises appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

The court is considered mid-sized among the US Circuit Courts, with 15 authorized judgeships. The Judges in this circuit continue the unique tradition of stepping down from the bench after oral argument to shake the hands of the attorneys in the case. Read a detailed history of the Fourth Circuit here.

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


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Booker v. South Carolina Department of Corrections  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-7679

Justia Opinion Summary: The court vacated the grant of qualified immunity to prison officials and summary judgment, concluding that a reasonable prison official had fair warning that retaliating against an inmate who filed a prison grievance wa...

Tatum v. RJR Pension Investment  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1293

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the district court's finding that, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., a plan fiduciary's breach did not cause substantial losses to the retirement plan b...

Meridian Investments, Inc. v. Federal Home Loan Mortgage  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1384

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the dismissal of Meridian's breach of contract suit against defendants, holding that the claim was time-barred under Virginia's five-year statute of limitations for contract actions because the parties...

Bi Lin v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1905
William El v. Greensboro Police Department
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2054
David Drummond v. Sean Stackley
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2312
Younis El Sayedri v. Jefferson Sessions III
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2394
US v. Terry Langford
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4849
US v. Philip Cooper
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6991
Gerald Lamb, Jr. v. Dr. Dicoco
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7244
US v. Loxly Johnson
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7281
Stefen Harris v. David Dunlap
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7518
US v. Wade Ellis
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7589
US v. Lorenzo Martin
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7676
Tyrone Ragland v. S. Lee
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7688