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
Abdul Ali v. Donald Trump, et al (ORDER)
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18-5297
Al-Tamimi v. Adelson  
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5207

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Palestinians who mostly reside in the disputed West Bank territory, sued pro-Israeli American citizens and entities, including a former U.S. deputy national security advisor, claiming that the defendants enga...

USA v. James Baxter, II (ORDER)
Date: February 19, 2019
Docket Number: 18-3031
United States v. Alvaran-Velez  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3065

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was whether the Ex Post Facto Clause forbids applying a current U.S. Sentencing Commission policy statement, which offers sentence reductions only to those defendants whose original sentences are...

Reid v. Inch  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5012

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal on mootness grounds plaintiff's action because the allegations in the complaint logically fell within a mootness exception for claims capable of repetition yet evadi...

National Lifeline Association v. FCC  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1026

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged the FCC's adoption of two limitations to programs that make voice and broadband services more available and affordable for low-income consumers. Petitioners argued that the limitations limited the...

Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 14-1271

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted a petition for review of FERC's orders finding that California and Oregon had not waived their water quality certification authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and that PacifiCo...

Judicial Watch, Inc. v. DOD  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 18-5017

Justia Opinion Summary: Judicial Watch filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking release of five memoranda that memorialized advice to the President and his top national security advisers when the President was considering...

North Carolina v. FERC  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-1243

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied North Carolina's petition for review of FERC's orders involving the relicensing of the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project No. 2197. North Carolina alleged that the license applicant, Alcoa, misrepresented...

Medina v. Whitaker  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5248

Justia Opinion Summary: Felons are not among the law-abiding, responsible citizens entitled to the protections of the Second Amendment. The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's action seeking to enjoin the enforceme...

San Diego Gas & Electric Co v. FERC  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 16-1433

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied SDG&E's petition for review of FERC's declaratory order applying FERC's cancelled or abandoned electricity transmission facilities incentive, 18 C.F.R. 35.35(d)(1)(vi) (Abandonment Incentive), only...

Estate of Earnest Lee Boyland v. United States Department of Agriculture  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-5082

Justia Opinion Summary: Representatives of the estates of black male farmers sought to submit claims of past discrimination in agricultural credit programs to a claims-processing framework set up to resolve Hispanic and female farmers' credit d...

Air Transport Association v. FAA (ORDER)
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1157
People for the Ethical Treatm v. AGRI
Date: January 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-5074
Kornitzky Group, LLC v. Daniel Elwell
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1160