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
Ameren Services Co. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1150

Justia Opinion Summary: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000 encourages the development of “interregional” electricity transmission projects, calling for regional providers to jointly evaluate interregional projects. Poviders must ad...

United States v. Haight  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3123

Justia Opinion Summary: Proctor, a cocaine user and informant, told the Metropolitan Police Department that a"Boo" was selling crack cocaine in Lincoln Heights. The cell-phone number Proctor provided belonged to Haight. Shown a photograph Proc...

Western Organization of Resource Councils v. Zinke  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 15-5294

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit claiming that the Secretary's failure to supplement the Federal Coal Management Program's programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) violated both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA...

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. FAA  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1297

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit dismissed EPIC's petition for review of the FAA's rule promulgated under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, in which Congress directed the Secretary to consider whether certain small unmanned ai...

FTC v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-5356

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment that certain documents subpoenaed by the FTC were covered by the attorney-client privilege. The court held that obtaining or providing legal advice was one of the sig...

Cellco Partnership v. NLRB  
Date: June 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1158

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted Verizon's petition for review of the Board's decision affirming the ALJ's finding that Verizon’s discharge of an employee for lying during an investigation was a pretext to rid the company of a pro...

United States v. Brown  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3056

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Brown, Boston, and Mathews were convicted of crimes related to the unlawful distribution of PCP. Defendant Ira Adona pleaded guilty before trial. The DC Circuit affirmed Brown and Boston's convictions and sent...

United States v. Stoddard  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3060

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Stoddard and Woodruff were convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Defendant Cobble, who was tried together with Stoddard and Woodruff, was acquitted of the same cha...

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative v. FERC  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1111

Justia Opinion Summary: After Old Dominion found that its operational costs during the January 2014 polar vortex outstripped the amounts it could charge for electricity under the governing tariff, it asked the Commission to waive provisions of...

Duke Energy Corp. v. FERC  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1133

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied Duke's petition for review of the Commission's denial of Duke's complaint against PJM under the Federal Power Act (FPA), 16 U.S.C. 825e. To prepare for a bitterly cold day during the January 2014 po...

Island Architectural Woodwork v. NLRB  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1303

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit held that substantial evidence supported the Board's determination that petitioners violated Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 158(a)(1), (5), when they refused to re...

Tamosiunas v. NLRB  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1338

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted a petition seeking review of the Board's determination that the issuance of a letter seeking union dues from employees of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hawaii, who formally declined full membership in...

United States v. Galaviz  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3052

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to reduce his sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2). Although the district court concluded defendant was eligible to have his sentence reduced...

United States v. Akers  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3095

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit joined its sister circuits and held that defendant was ineligible for a sentence reduction under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) because Amendment 782 does not lower the sentencing range in the career-offender provis...

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. FEC  
Date: June 15, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5049

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, CREW and its executive director, filed suit alleging that the Commission acted "contrary to law" in 2015 when it dismissed their administrative complaint against an unincorporated association. On appeal, CRE...