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
Wang v. New Mighty U.S. Trust,  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 12-7038

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1935, Yueh-Lan married Y.C., who founded the Formosa Plastics Group in 1954. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Y.C. as the 178th wealthiest person in the world. Y.C. remained married to Yueh-Lan, but had children with...

Borgess Medical Center v. Burwell  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 13-5330

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1973, two Kalamazoo, Michigan hospitals formed a consortium to manage their health education programs and to train interns and residents. In the 1980s, they joined Michigan State University to form the Michigan State...

Winston & Strawn, LLP v. James P. McLean, Jr.  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 14-7197

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Winston & Strawn filed a lawsuit against McLean, and, weeks later, moved for summary judgment. The district court informed McLean that he was required to respond by August 18, 2014, and advised him that if he di...

Smith v. United States  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-5238

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith sued the United States and Capitol Officers Rogers and Anyaso, alleging that while working for a federal agency on November 5, 2009, he drove officials to Capitol Hill, and, at an attended barricade, Rogers, in uni...

Reed v. District of Columbia  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-7119, 16-7009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), intended “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education,” 20 U.S.C. 1400(d)(1)(A), permits parents and le...

Kennedy v. Bowser  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-7143

Justia Opinion Summary: Kennedy, a D.C. fireman, had a beard. Department policy required him to shave it. Because of a medical condition, he could not do so without discomfort and infection. The Department refused to accommodate his conditio...

Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1338

Justia Opinion Summary: The Postal Service contends that the Commission’s action denying its parcel reclassification request was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 706(2)(A), for failing to acknowled...

United States v. Gooch, Jr.  
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3030

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant challenged the district court's denial of his 28 U.S.C. 2255 motion, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. The court concluded that it has jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. 2253(a) to consider the mer...

Safari Club International v. Jewell  
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-5170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Service has long allowed American hunters who shoot Tanzanian elephants to repatriate their trophies because, according to the Service, doing so “would not be detrimental to the survival of the species.” However, in...

American Postal Workers Union v. PRC  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Union petitions the court for review of the PRC's denial of its complaint, alleging that the Postal Service failed to comply with First-Class Mail service standards. The court concluded that the PRC reasonably determ...

Foster v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-7150

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelly Foster filed suit against Appellees under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1132(a), to enforce her rights under short-term and long-term disability benefit plans that had been adopted...

AT&T Corp. v. FCC  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1059

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the court addresses the fees that local exchange carriers (LECs) can charge inter-exchange carriers (IXCs) for certain services they provide, in coordination with providers of Voice over Internet Protocol (...

NTCH, Inc. v. FCC  
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1145

Justia Opinion Summary: NTCH challenges the FCC's Memorandum Order and Reconsideration Order approving the transfer of radio spectrum licenses to Verizon, granting Verizon forbearance from a statutory provision, and refusing to initiate proceed...

Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1297

Justia Opinion Summary: In Order No. 1926, the Commission—recognizing that the Great Recession of 2008 was an exigent circumstance—allowed for a rate increase but also sought to calculate the extent to which decreased mail volume was “due to” t...

United States v. Mack  
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3051

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to one count of distribution of a mixture or substance containing phencyclidine (PCP) and was sentenced to a 77-month term of imprisonment and 36 months of supervised release. The court held that,...