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
Ali Hamza Ahmad al Bahlul v. USA
Date: October 20, 2016
Docket Number: 11-1324
CalPortland Co., Inc. v. MSHR  
Date: October 20, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1094

Justia Opinion Summary: CalPortland seeks review of the Commission's decision ordering CalPortland to temporarily reinstate Jeffrey Pappas, pursuant to section 105(c)(2) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C. 815(c)(2), pe...

PHH Corp. v. CFPB  
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1177

Justia Opinion Summary: In the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, 12 U.S.C. 5491, Congress established a new independent agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an independent agency headed not by a multi-member commission but rather by a...

Heartland Plymouth Court v. NLRB  
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1034

Justia Opinion Summary: Heartland successfully petitioned this court to review the Board's order finding Heartland violated its collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) by failing to bargain over the effects of reducing employee hours. Heartland m...

League of Women Voters, et al v. Brian Newby, et al
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-5196
Agricultural Retailers Assoc. v. Dept. of Labor  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1326

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1992, OSHA issued the Process Safety Management Standard to protect the safety of those who work with or near highly hazardous chemicals. After a catastrophic chemical explosion at a Texas fertilizer company that qual...

DirecTV, Inc. v. NLRB  
Date: September 16, 2016
Docket Number: 11-1273

Justia Opinion Summary: After a group of DirecTV employees aired their grievances publicly in an interview with a reporter for a local television news station, DirecTV responded by terminating the employees. The Board found that DirecTV committ...

Consolidated Commc'ns v. NLRB  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1135

Justia Opinion Summary: After Consolidated disciplined several employees for alleged misconduct during a Union strike and eliminated a workplace position held by a union worker, the Board found that both Consolidated's disciplinary actions and...

Rothe Development v. DOD  
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-5176

Justia Opinion Summary: Rothe filed suit alleging that the statutory basis of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) business development program, Amendments to the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 637, violates its right to equal protecti...

League of Women Voters, et al. v. Brian Newby, et al.
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-5196
Scenic America, Inc. v. US DOT  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 14-5195

Justia Opinion Summary: Scenic filed suit challenging a guidance memorandum issued by the FHWA in 2007, which interpreted the prohibition on “flashing, intermittent or moving” lights to permit state approval of those digital billboards that met...

United States v. Williams  
Date: September 2, 2016
Docket Number: 12-3029

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder and witness tampering for his role in the hazing and in covering up information about Army Sergeant Juwan Johnson’s death. Defendant was the leader of a group called "Broth...

SecurityPoint Holdings, Inc. v. TSA
Date: September 2, 2016
Docket Number: 13-1068
Petro Star Inc. v. FERC  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1009

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Oil companies depositing crude oil extracted from their fields on the North Slope into the pipeline receive the same proportion of oil they initially contributed at th...

In Re: Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Al-Nashir  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1023

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner is the alleged mastermind of the bombings of the U.S.S. Cole and the French supertanker the M/V Limburg, as well as the attempted bombing of the U.S.S. The Sullivans. Petitioner seeks a writ of mandamus to dis...