Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Based in Denver, Colorado, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit was created in 1929. Previously, its districts were a part of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

Learn more in detail about the history and the judges who have served on the Tenth Circuit by visiting the Tenth Circuit Historical Society.

Browse Opinions From the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
<p>Renewable Fuels Association, et al. v. EPA</p>
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 18-9533
Finlayson v. Utah  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4151

Justia Opinion Summary: A Utah state court dismissed Petitioner Jeffery Finlayson’s habeas corpus proceeding for failure to prosecute. After appealing that decision, Petitioner brought a petition in federal court under 28 U.S.C. 2254. But the d...

<p>Foltz v. Wyoming Department, et al.</p>
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-8063
<p>United States v. Barger</p>
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5021
North Mill Street v. City of Aspen, et al.  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: North Mill Street, LLC (“NMS”) owned commercial property in Aspen, Colorado. It sued the City of Aspen and the Aspen City Council (collectively, the “City”) in federal court, alleging the City’s changes to Aspen’s zoning...

Duda, et al. v. Elder  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: The elected Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado, and head of the Paso County Sheriff’s Office (“EPSO”), fired Keith Duda, a patrol sergeant. Duda believed he was fired for supporting candidate Mike Angley, who challenged...

United States v. Moya  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2006

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Raymond Moya was convicted for distributing heroin that resulted in the death of a then-eighteen-year-old Cameron Weiss. The precise question underlying this conviction is whether the heroin was the b...

United States v. Tafuna  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4078

Justia Opinion Summary: Utah police officers discovered Defendant Tevita Tafuna sitting in a parked car with a gun he admitted to possessing. Because Defendant had a prior felony conviction, the Government charged him with unlawful possession o...

<p>Thomas v. United States, et al.</p>
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-3067
303 Creative, et al. v. Elenis, et al.  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1413

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Lorie Smith and her website design company 303 Creative, LLC (collectively, “Appellants”) appealed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Appellees Aubrey Elenis, Director of the Colorado C...

Hamric v. Wilderness Expeditions, Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1250

Justia Opinion Summary: Texas resident Gerald Hamric joined a church group on an outdoor recreation trip to Colorado. The church group hired Wilderness Expeditions, Inc. (“WEI”) to arrange outdoor activities. Before the outdoor adventure commen...

Obeslo, et al. v. Great-Western Life & Annuity, et al.  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1310

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-Appellants were shareholders in a major mutual fund complex through their employer-sponsored retirement plans. They alleged the complex’s investment adviser, Great-West Capital Management LLC (“GWCM”), and affi...

United States v. Woodard  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5004

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue on appeal before the Tenth Circuit in this case involved a pretextual search, in which police impounded a car simply as an excuse to look inside for evidence of a crime. The search at issue stemmed from a call...

<p>Bedford, et al. v. Nowlin, et al.</p>
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-7070
Kinney v. HSBC Bank USA  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1122

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose because debtor-appellant Margaret Kinney failed to make some of the required mortgage payments within her Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan’s five-year period. Shortly after the five-year period ended, however...