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
Blount v. United States  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5056

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the district court's dismissal of his habeas petition as time-barred, seeking a certificate of appealability (COA) from the DC Circuit. Because the petition was plainly time-barred and no jurist of rea...

Herron v. Fannie Mae  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5070

Justia Opinion Summary: After her move to Treasury was blocked and her contract work with Fannie Mae was terminated, plaintiff filed suit alleging claims under District of Columbia law and, in the alternative, under Bivens. The DC Circuit affir...

Raymond J. Lucia Companies, In v. SEC
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1345
United States v. Dorman  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3064

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of unlawful possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of PCP (Count 1), unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a felony (Count 2), and using, carrying...

Day v. Trump  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5144

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a federal prisoner, filed a pro se petition seeking relief by way of writ from what he alleged to be an illegally imposed sentence. The DC Circuit rejected plaintiff's claims under the international doctrine o...

Louisiana Public Service Commission v. FERC  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1014

Justia Opinion Summary: LPSC petitioned for review of FERC's rejection of LPSC's request to reform certain depreciation rates. The DC Circuit denied the petition for review and rejected LPSC's claim that FERC failed to confront its asserted evi...

Millennium Pipeline Co. v. Seggos  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1415

Justia Opinion Summary: Millennium petitioned to compel the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to act on Millennium's application for a water-quality certificate. The DC Circuit dismissed the petition for review, holding th...

Jam v. International Finance Corp.  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7051

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of Indian nationals filed suit against the IFC, alleging that a power plant financed by the IFC caused damage to surrounding communities in Gujarat, India. The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal o...

DL v. District of Columbia  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7076

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, the parents of six children, filed suit against the District, alleging that it was violating the "Child Find" requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by failing to provide specia...

Advanced Energy Management Alliance v. FERC  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1234

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged the Commissions' approval of revisions to the rules governing the buying and selling of "capacity" for markets operated by PJM. The DC Circuit held that the Commission balanced the benefits of the...

United States v. $17,900.00  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5284

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the government based on claimants' lack of Article III standing in a civil forfeiture case. The court held that claimants met their burde...

De Csepel v. Republic of Hungary  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7042

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stems from the Herzog family's effort to recover a valuable art collection seized during the Holocaust. On remand, the district court concluded that the family's claims against the Republic of Hungary, its muse...

Montes v. Janitorial Partners, Inc.  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-7107

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff's employer failed to respond to his suit for wage underpayment, plaintiff obtained a default judgment for himself and two other employees. The district court subsequently vacated its default judgment as t...

Lee v. USAID  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5276

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit contending that USAID and NOAA violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., by terminating his employment because of his national origin. He also contended that NOAA v...

Global Tel*Link v. FCC  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1461

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged the Commission's order that set permanent rate caps and ancillary fee caps for interstate inmate calling services (ICS) calls. After the presidential inauguration in January 2017, counsel for the F...