D.C. Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit encompasses the smallest geographic area of any of the federal circuits with appellate jurisdiction over the District of Columbia. Despite its size, the court has been a major influence on US law and frequently hears litigation involving US federal agencies.

More information regarding the history of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit can be found at The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit.

Browse Opinions From the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States v. Griffith  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 13-3061

Justia Opinion Summary: The fact that most people now carry a cell phone was not enough to justify an intrusive search of a place lying at the center of the Fourth Amendment's protections—a home—for any phone defendant might own. Defendant appe...

Midwest Division - MMC, LLC v. NLRB  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1312

Justia Opinion Summary: Menorah petitioned for review of the Board's finding that Menorah had violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The DC Circuit set aside the Board's determination that Menorah improperly denied the nurses' reques...

United States v. Meadows  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3045

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's pre-trial motion to dismiss the indictment for prosecutorial vindictiveness, and in permitting the government to make improper statements at trial. Defen...

Banner Health v. Price  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Hospitals challenged HHS's implementation of a Medicare outlier-payment program in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Hospitals contend that HHS violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.,...

SecurityPoint Holdings, Inc. v. TSA  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1449

Justia Opinion Summary: SecurityPoint, which contracts with airports to participate in an advertising program established by the TSA, petitioned for review of the TSA's decision to revise its memorandum of understanding (MOU) used with particip...

Sierra Club v. DOE  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1489

Justia Opinion Summary: Sierra Club challenged the Department's grant of an application to export liquified natural gas (LNG) using terminals and liquefaction facilities (Freeport Terminal) on Quintana Island. On the merits, the DC Circuit held...

Coleman v. Duke  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5258

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an African-American, filed suit against DHS, alleging that the Department's decision to give a promotion for which he was qualified to a Caucasian female employee just four weeks after he had complained of rac...

All American Telephone Co. v. FCC  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1354

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Commission held that petitioners engaged in a scheme designed to collect millions of dollars in unwarranted long-distance access charges from AT&T, petitioners challenged the Commission's award of damages to AT...

Ortiz-Diaz v. HUD  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5008

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the Department, alleging unlawful race and national origin discrimination under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq. The DC Circuit subsequently decided sua sponte to reconsider the case and va...

Rhino Northwest, LLC v. NLRB  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1089

Justia Opinion Summary: Rhino challenged the Board's certification of a proposed unit of employees called "riggers." Rhino argued that the company's other employees were so similar to its riggers that a bargaining unit could not consist solely...

Crawford v. Duke  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5063

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his employer, DHS, alleging race discrimination, retaliation, and a hostile work environment. The district court dismissed the case for failure to exhaust his administrative remedies. The DC...

Clemente v. FBI  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5067

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking information pertaining to a former informant. The district court granted summary judgment to the FBI and denied plaintiff's motions for interim at...

Gulf Coast Maritime Supply, Inc. v. United States  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5350

Justia Opinion Summary: Gulf Coast filed suit seeking injunctive and declaratory relief after the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) sent a letter to Gulf Coast indicating that the company's unreported ownership change could subject Gulf Coast...

Hall v. District of Columbia  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7056

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging claims that employees of Cities Restaurant and Lounge, and the Metropolitan Police Department officers they summoned, reacted overly harshly when she raised a question about her bill and tem...

American Hospital Assoc. v. Price  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 17-5018

Justia Opinion Summary: Healthcare Providers sought a mandamus order to force the HHS Secretary to clear the administrative appeals backlog and adhere to the Medicare statute's timeframe to complete the process. The district court subsequently...