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
New England Power Generators Association v. FERC  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-1023, 16-1024

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners challenged two sets of orders issued by the Commission regarding a scarcity pricing mechanism in the New England power market. The DC Circuit held that the exhaustion requirements of the Federal Power Act (FP...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. NRC  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1298

Justia Opinion Summary: The Councils petitioned for review of the Commission's decision to issue a license to Strata to mine uranium in Crook County, Wyoming. The DC Circuit denied the petition and rejected the Councils' claims that the Board w...

Stand Up For California! v. DOI  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-5327

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the Department in an action challenging the Department's decision to take a tract of land into trust for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians...

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association v. DOT  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-5355

Justia Opinion Summary: Commercial truck drivers and their industry association filed suit claiming that they were injured by the Department's violation of its statutory obligation to ensure the accuracy of a database containing driver-safety i...

Feldman v. FDIC  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5009

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of a complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. This appeal stemmed from plaintiff's efforts to recover fraudulent transfers made as a part of a Ponzi scheme...

Momenian v. Davidson  
Date: December 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7129

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs settled a legal malpractice suit (2009 Litigation) in 2010 against defendant, but alleged that defendant failed to explain that the settlement meant all of their claims were fully and finally dismissed. In 201...

Clarian Health West, LLC v. Hargan  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5307

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Clarian in an action challenging the legality of HHS's decision to set forth certain policies regarding the means of calculating reimburs...

American Council of the Blind v. Mnuchin  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: 17-5013

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from the district court's issuance of an injunction ordering the Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury to provide meaningful access to paper currency to visually impaired individuals...

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity  
Date: December 26, 2017
Docket Number: 17-5171

Justia Opinion Summary: President Trump, by executive order issued in May 2017, established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. EPIC filed suit against the Commission and others, alleging violations of the Administrative...

Erie Boulevard Hydropower, LP v. FERC  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1015

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the DC Circuit's decision in Albany Engineering Corp. v. FERC, 548 F.3d 1071 (D.C. Cir. 2008), parallel federal and New York state regulatory regimes required downstream hydroelectric facilities to reimburse their...

North America's Building Trade Unions v. OSHA  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1105

Justia Opinion Summary: Industry and the Unions petitioned for review of the Department of Labor's final rule regulating exposure to silica. Industry raised five issues, all of which the DC Circuit rejected. The court also rejected the Unions'...

Safari Club International v. Zinke  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5358

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the Service's 2014 and 2015 findings that information concerning the size of the Zimbabwean elephant population and status of conservation efforts in Zimbabwe did not support a conclusion that kil...

Dana Farber Cancer Institute v. Hargan  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5379

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court granted Dana-Farber partial summary judgment, agreeing that Dana-Farber was entitled to full reimbursement of Medicare's share of a tax paid and vacating the Board's decision. At issue was the Board's...

Jane Doe 1 v. Donald Trump
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-5267
United States ex rel. Schneider v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 17-7003

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator filed a quit tam action under the False Claims Act against Chase, alleging that Chase falsely claimed compliance with a Settlement. Relator also alleged that Chase falsely claimed compliance with the Home Afforda...