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. Reynoso  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3045

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Manuel Reynoso was convicted by jury on a gun-possession charge and two drug charges. On appeal, Reynoso challenged his convictions on several grounds. On the same day the district court sentenced Rey...

Crowley Government Services, Inc. v. GSA  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-5242

Justia Opinion Summary: Crowley Government Services, Inc. sued the General Services Administration and its Administrator (collectively, GSA), seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to halt the GSA’s purported practice of interfering with pay...

USA v. Charles Hillie (ORDER)
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 19-3027
Sierra Club v. FERC  
Date: June 28, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1427

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, all environmental organizations, sought to vacate the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC” or the “Commission”) order giving the green light to Mountain Valley, LLC to construct a new pipeline....

City of Scottsdale, Arizona v. FAA  
Date: June 24, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1070

Justia Opinion Summary: The city of Scottsdale, Arizona filed a petition challenging the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of certain east-bound flight paths out of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, claiming the flights res...

Northstar Wireless, LLC v. FCC  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 18-1209

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, Northstar Wireless, LLC (“Northstar”), and SNR Wireless LicenseCo, LLC (“SNR”) placed more than $13 billion in winning bids at a Federal Communications Commission  (“Commission”) auction to license wireless...

Cletus Bohon v. FERC  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 20-5203

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  (“FERC”) gave Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC permission to build a natural-gas pipeline that will run through Appellants’ property. Appellants sued in district court to prevent th...

Air Transport Association v. AGRI  
Date: June 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21-5118

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants brought an action contesting a Department of Agriculture rulemaking in the district court. Appellants argued that the rule violated both the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, as well as t...

Belmont Municipal Light Department v. FERC  
Date: June 17, 2022
Docket Number: 19-1224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. Section 824d(d), ISO-NE filed tariff revisions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “the Commission”) to compensate generators for maintaining an inventory of...

Turlock Irrigation District v. FERC  
Date: June 17, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1120

Justia Opinion Summary: An applicant for a federal license to operate a hydroelectric facility must seek a State certification that the facility’s discharges will comply with the water quality standards specified in federal law. The State may g...

New Fortress Energy Inc. v. FERC  
Date: June 14, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Natural Gas Act (“NGA”) vests the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission “) with broad authority to regulate the transportation and sale of natural gas. The case at issue concerns the Commission’s applicat...

City of Salisbury, North Carolina v. FERC  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1238

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Salisbury, North Carolina relies on the Yankin River for its drinking water. The City constructed a pump station on the Yankin River, which the City believed was threatened by a plan proposed by the operator...

Hemp Industries Association v. DEA  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 20-1376

Justia Opinion Summary: Various members of the Hemp Industries Association ("Members") challenged a DEA rule emoving Epidiolex as a Schedule V controlled substance as well as the accompanying import-export controls over the substance. The DEA r...

Hemp Industries Association v. DEA  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-5111

Justia Opinion Summary: Various members of the Hemp Industries Association ("Association") sought declaratory and injunctive relief following a DEA rule passed in the wake of the Farm bill. The Association specifically wanted to prevent the DEA...

Mark McAfee v. FDA  
Date: June 10, 2022
Docket Number: 21-5170

Justia Opinion Summary: A dairy farmer looking to expand the market to which he could sell butter challenged the Food and Drug Administration's ("FDA") decades-old rule barring the interstate sale of raw butter. The farmer proposed a new rule t...