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
State of New York v. EPA  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1273

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied the States' petition for review of the EPA's decision to refuse to expand the Northeast Ozone Transport Region to include the upwind States of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina,...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3060

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Thompson and Knowles appealed their convictions for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine (5 kilograms or more) on an aircraft registered in the United States or owned by a Uni...

Air Transport Association of America v. FAA  
Date: April 23, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1157

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied petitions for review of the FAA's decision that payments of the Portland International Airport's utility charges for off-site stormwater drainage and Superfund remediation did not constitute diversi...

Barker v. Conroy  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5278

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when a member of the House of Representatives asked the House-appointed Chaplain, Father Patrick J. Conroy, to invite Daniel Barker—a former Christian minister turned atheist—to serve as guest chaplain an...

UPS Ground Freight, Inc. v. NLRB  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied UPS Ground's petition for review challenging the certification of a union at its Kutztown Pennsylvania distribution facility. The court held that UPS Ground failed to identify a defect in the Board'...

In re: Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Al-Nashiri  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Numbers: 18-1279, 18-1315

Justia Opinion Summary: These petitions concern the conduct of a military judge, Colonel Vance Spath, who presided over a current Guantanamo Bay detainee, Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Al-Nashiri, who faces capital charges before a military com...

In re: Mary E. Spears and Rosa A. Eliades
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1315
United States v. Scantlebury  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3043

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, defendants were indicted by a grand jury in Washington, D.C. for conspiracy to traffic cocaine, but the government moved to dismiss the charges in 2013 without prejudice because of the age of the case, governmen...

Oceana, Inc. v. Ross  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5247

Justia Opinion Summary: Oceana challenged the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology adopted in 2015 by the Fisheries Service, claiming that the methodology violated the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Admin...

Doe 1 v. FEC  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 18-5099

Justia Opinion Summary: In this redacted appeal, the DC Circuit affirmed the district court's decision refusing to enjoin the FEC from releasing information identifying a trust and its trustee in connection with a misreported federal campaign c...

National Lifeline Association v. FCC (ORDER)
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1026
United States v. Gray-Burriss  
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3031

Justia Opinion Summary: After the DC Circuit affirmed defendant's convictions, the court remanded his ineffective assistance of counsel claims because he had previously raised them in district court. In this case, the court affirmed the distric...

Gordon Reid v. Hugh J. Hurwitz (ORDER)
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5012
McKeever v. Barr  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5149

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a historian, appealed the district court's order denying his petition to release grand jury records from the 1957 indictment of a former FBI agent. The court held that the district court has no authority outsi...

Agnew v. Government of the District of Columbia  
Date: April 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-7114

Justia Opinion Summary: D.C. Code 22-1307(a), the anti-obstructing statute, is not unconstitutionally vague on its face. The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of a complaint by three DC residents who were arrested under the sta...