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
Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP  
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 19-5142

Justia Opinion Summary: President Trump filed suit alleging that the House Committee on Oversight and Reform's investigation into his financial records serves no legitimate purpose. He sued to prevent Mazars, an accounting firm, from complying...

United States v. Gamarra  
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3082

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's order authorizing the government to medicate him without his consent for the purpose of rendering him competent to stand trial. Defendant was indicted for threatening bodily harm t...

Mozilla Corp. v. FCC  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1051

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit declined to vacate the FCC's 2018 Order in its entirety, which classified broadband internet access services as an information service under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Tel...

Singletary v. Howard University  
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 18-7158

Justia Opinion Summary: After the University terminated plaintiff, she filed suit under the False Claims Act's (FCA) anti-retaliation provision. The DC Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the action and held that the district cou...

Khalid Qassim v. Donald Trump
Date: September 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18-5148
Wisconsin v. EPA  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged the EPA's rule implementing the "Good Neighbor Provision," which requires upwind states to eliminate their significant contributions to air quality problems in downwind States, by promulgating a re...

Carlson v. Postal Regulatory Commission  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1328

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted a petition for review challenging the Postal Services' stamp price increase for the "Forever Stamp," which was part of the Postal Regulatory Commission Order 4875. The court held that the price hik...

United States v. Park  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3017

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit held that the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act (PROTECT Act) was constitutional as applied to defendant, who was indicted for producing child pornography...

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers v. EPA  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1258

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated cases, petitioners challenged the EPA's final 2018 Rule, which established overall targets for the fuel market and imposed individual compliance obligations on fuel refineries and importers. The DC...

City of Oberlin v. FERC  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1248

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged the Commission's order authorizing Nexus Gas to construct and operate an interstate natural gas pipeline and exercise the right of eminent domain to acquire any necessary rights-of-way. Although th...

First Student, Inc. v. NLRB  
Date: September 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1091

Justia Opinion Summary: First Student petitioned for review of a decision and order of the NLRB finding it was a "perfectly clear" successor employer and violated the National Labor Relations Act by changing the terms and conditions on which it...

In re: Sealed Case  
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 14-3043

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed appellant's conviction for violating 21 U.S.C. 960a, which prohibits using the proceeds of drug trafficking to support foreign terrorist groups. The court held that Congress had the authority to c...

Alon Refining Krotz Springs, Inc. v. EPA  
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Numbers: 16-1052, 17-1044

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied Alon Petitioners' petition for review of EPA's decision not to revise its 2010 point of obligation regulation requiring refineries and importers, but not blenders, to bear the direct compliance obli...

Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing, LLC v EPA
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1044
In re: Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation  
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 18-7010

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of class certification in a putative class action of over 16,000 shippers allegedly harmed by a price-fixing conspiracy among the nation's largest freight railroads. Th...