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
United States v. Durrette  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3052

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of conspiracy to distribute, and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin....

Blanton v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1188

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, the former CEO of a Georgia bank, sought review of the Comptroller's decision to assess a $10,000 civil money penalty against him. The DC Circuit upheld the Comptroller's determination that petitioner engaged...

Matar v. TSA  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1213

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied a petition for review of the TSA's order stating that it would neither confirm or deny any information about petitioner which may be within federal watchlists or reveal any law enforcement sensitive...

Starr International Co. v. United States  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5238

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from an attempt by Starr, a Swiss-domiciled company, to avail itself of a bilateral tax treaty between the United States and Switzerland to reduce its tax rate on U.S.-source dividend income. The DC C...

Scahill v. District of Columbia  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-7151

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of claims related to conditions placed by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on the liquor license of the Alibi restaurant. The court held that HRH properly i...

Feld v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.  
Date: December 7, 2018
Docket Number: 17-7169

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against FFIC to recover disputed expenses, largely attorney fees, that he incurred in an underlying action brought by his sister. The district court granted summary judgment for FFIC. The DC Circuit...

Bonacci v. TSA  
Date: December 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1116

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a commercial pilot, filed a petition for review challenging the TSA's Known Crewmember Program. Petitioner claimed that TSA lacked statutory authority to select and screen airline crewmembers in the same mann...

Gregory Swecker v. Midland Power Cooperative (JUDGMENT)
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5208
Pulphus v. Ayers  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Architect of the Capitol removed high school student David Pulphus’ painting from the exhibition of the 2016 winners of the Congressional Art Competition. The painting was initially described as “a colorful landscape...

Kaspersky Lab, Inc.v. United States Department of Homeland Security  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 18-5176

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaspersky, a Russian-based cybersecurity company, provides products and services to customers around the world. In 2017, based on concerns that the Russian government could exploit Kaspersky’s access to federal computers...

Paralyzed Veterans of America v. United States Department of Transportation  
Date: November 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1272

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, the Department of Transportation issued a rule requiring airlines to report the number of wheelchairs and scooters that are mishandled after being transported as checked luggage on passenger flights. The “Report...

Liljeberg v. Commissioner  
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1204

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the tax court's denial of a deduction on income earned by three foreign nationals who participated in the State Department's Summer Work Travel Program in 2012. The court held that appellants did...

Angelex, Ltd. v. United States  
Date: November 2, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5269

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in an action brought under 33 U.S.C. 1904(h). In section 1904(h), Congress gave a ship unreasonably detained or delayed, on suspicion of intentionall...

Diag Human S.E. v. Czech Republic - Ministry of Health  
Date: October 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-7154

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment refusing to enforce an arbitral award against the Czech Republic Ministry of Health and in favor of Diag Human, S.E., a corporation organized under the laws of the Pr...

Masias v. EPA  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1314

Justia Opinion Summary: Industry and environmental petitioners challenged EPA's determination that it could not, on the basis of "available information," classify three of the 61 areas under the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for sulfur...