D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

The U.S. 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 U.S. law and frequently hears litigation involving U.S. 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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Minteq International v. NLRB  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1276

Justia Opinion Summary: The court denied Minteq's petition for review and affirmed the Board's finding that the company violated section 8(a)(1) and (5) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 158(a)(1), (5), by failing to afford the employe...

National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Fraternal Order of Police  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7004

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed vacatur of an arbitrator's ruling that Amtrak must reinstate an employee Amtrak fired for misconduct, holding that contractual provisions could not "add to nor subtract from" an Inspector General's inv...

United States v. Anthem  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 17-5024

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the issuance of a permanent injunction enjoining the merger of Anthem and Cigna under Section 7 of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 18. The court held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in...

Portland General Electric Comp v. FERC  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1237

Justia Opinion Summary: Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), 16 U.S.C. 824a-3, seeks to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by increasing the number of energy-efficient cogeneration and small power-production f...

Bellagio, LLC v. NLRB  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1327

Justia Opinion Summary: Bellagio challenged the Board's decision and order determining that Bellagio violated section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), 29 U.S.C. 158(a)(1), when it interfered with employee Gabor Garner's right...

United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc.  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5101

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from the parties' dispute over the precise language used in "corrective statements" cigarette manufacturers were ordered to disseminate. The district court's remedy requiring the manufacturers to issu...

SoundExchange, Inc. v. Muzak LLC  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7041

Justia Opinion Summary: SoundExchange, a nonprofit entity, charged with the responsibility of collecting royalties for performing artists and copyright owners of music, filed suit under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., against Muzak, a...

Kincaid v. Government of the District of Columbia  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7066

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a group of individuals who resolved their misdemeanor charges using the District of Columbia's post-and-forfeit procedure, filed suit challenging the procedure and the statute authorizing it as unconstitution...

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. DOJ  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5138

Justia Opinion Summary: CREW filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, after the FBI declined to provide requested information related to former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. On appeal, CREW cha...

CFPB v. Accrediting Council For Independent Colleges and Schools  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5174

Justia Opinion Summary: CFPB filed a petition to enforce a civil investigative demand, seeking information relating to unlawful acts and practices in connection with accrediting for-profit colleges. The district court denied the petition. The c...

Emera Maine v. FERC  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1139

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged the Commissions' determinations following compliance filings by the regional transmission organization for New England's electric grid. The court concluded that the Transmission Owners have standin...

Allied Aviation Service Comp. v. NLRB  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1321

Justia Opinion Summary: Allied, a commercial airline fuel service provider, challenged the Board's decision that Allied violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), 29 U.S.C. 151 et seq., by failing to recognize and bargain with the Union....

Maine v. FERC  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1118

Justia Opinion Summary: Transmissions Owners provide transmission services for customers in New England. Consumers, Massachusetts and various consumer-side stakeholders, filed suit under section 206 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 824...

Aka v. United States Tax Court  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1401

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilfred I. Aka appealed the Tax Court's decision to disbar him and, alternatively, its failure to include in its disbarment order instructions for his reinstatement. The court held that it has jurisdiction to review Tax...

United States v. Palmer  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3006

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed defendant's convictions on direct appeal for convictions of conspiracy and related offenses involving the large-scale distribution and sale of unlawful drugs in Washington, D.C. Defendant then filed a...