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
West v. Lynch  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5107

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Department of Justice issued a guidance memorandum, the Cole Memorandum, that addresses enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq., in cases involving marijuana. Plaintiff file...

Bartko v. SEC  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1070

Justia Opinion Summary: After petitioner was convicted of conspiracy, selling unregistered securities, and mail fraud, the SEC barred petitioner from associating with six classes of securities market participants. The court agreed with petition...

United States v. Trabelsi  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3075

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stems from the United States' attempt to extradite Nizar Trabelsi from Belgium based on a grand jury indictment for various conspiracy and terrorism offenses. The district court denied Trabelsi's motion to di...

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition v. Basham  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5047

Justia Opinion Summary: The ANSWER Coalition challenges a 2008 Park Service regulation authorizing a priority permit setting aside a fraction of those spaces for identified Presidential Inaugural Committee uses on Inauguration Day. The Coalitio...

USAF v. FLRA  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1208

Justia Opinion Summary: After the FLRA ordered the Air Force to bargain collectively with its civilian employees over access to an on-base shopette, the Air Force challenged the decision arguing that the issue is not a proper subject of bargain...

Coburn v. Evercore Trust Company, N.A.  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-7029

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, filed suit against Evercore under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1109(a), 1132(a)(2)-(3). Plaintiff is a former J.C....

United States v. O'Neal  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: 13-3085

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy and bank fraud stemming from a scheme to obtain mortgage loans using straw purchasers, false loan applications, and forged appraisals. The district court sentenced her to 48 months i...

Enron Nigeria Power Holding, Ltd. v. Federal Republic of Nigeria  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-7121

Justia Opinion Summary: After ENPH filed under a power purchase agreement (PPA) for arbitration by the ICC, the ICC issued an award in ENPH's favor. Nigeria now appeals from the order granting enforcement of the Award. The court rejected Nigeri...

Judicial Watch v. Kerry  
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-5015

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arises from efforts to recover Secretary of State Clinton's private emails during her time at the State Department. Although the current Secretary (with the help of the National Archivist) has made efforts to...

En Banc Order - United States Sugar Corp v. EPA
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 11-1108
Crooks v. Mabus, Jr.  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-5212

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a retired Major in the Marine Corps and a certified NJROTC instructor, filed suit after he was decertified to contest his removal from the NJROTC program. The district court granted summary judgment to the Nav...

Public Service Company v. NLRB  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: The company seeks review of the Board's decision and order that the company violated Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 158(a)(1), (5). The court rejected the company's challenges to...

National Biodiesel Board v. EPA  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1072

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner is a trade association representing the domestic biofuel industry. In this appeal, petitioner challenges EPA's decision to allow a group of Argentine biofuel producers and other companies to use certain record...

United States v. Hunt  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3084

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin from the Potomac Gardens, a housing project, and was sentenced to 62 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Without saying why, the dis...