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
USA v. Joseph Smith
Date: July 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-3015
Bridgeport Hospital v. Xavier Becerra
Date: July 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-5249
Jo Spence v. DVA
Date: July 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-5273
Indu Rawat v. Cmsnr. IRS
Date: July 23, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1142
USA v. Barrow  
Date: July 19, 2024
Docket Number: 21-3081

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Chance Barrow was employed as a digital forensic examiner by the Army Criminal Investigation Division (Army-CID) in Irvine, California. By 2018, he was a special agent. In March 2018, Barrow's ex-wife reported…

Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, LLC v. FERC  
Date: July 19, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1059

Justia Opinion Summary: Tenaska Clear Creek Wind, LLC ("Clear Creek") sought to generate wind energy for sale in parts of Missouri, southeast Iowa, and northeast Oklahoma. Clear Creek challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC)…

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas v. EPA  
Date: July 19, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1248

Justia Opinion Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its regulations to ensure that the transportation fuel mix in the United States contains the required amounts of renewable fuel. The new regulations specifically address…

Sierra Club v. DOE  
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1218

Justia Opinion Summary: Golden Pass LNG Terminal, LLC was authorized to export up to 937 billion cubic feet per year of liquified natural gas (LNG) from a facility in Texas, with 129 billion cubic feet restricted to countries with a free-trade…

Kowal v. DOJ  
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: 22-5231

Justia Opinion Summary: Barbara Kowal, a paralegal for a federal public defender, filed FOIA requests with the ATF, FBI, and DEA seeking records related to Daniel Troya, who was sentenced to death for a gang-related murder. The agencies…

Barbara Kowal v. DOJ
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: 22-5287
Healthy Gulf v. FERC  
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1069

Justia Opinion Summary: Healthy Gulf and other environmental groups challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) decision to authorize the construction and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in southwestern…

Thomas Shands v. Cmsnr. IRS
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: 23-1160
Wye Oak Technology, Inc. v. Republic of Iraq  
Date: July 16, 2024
Docket Number: 23-7009

Justia Opinion Summary: In late 2003, Wye Oak Technology, Inc., a small American company, entered into a contract with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense to rebuild Iraq’s military. Wye Oak performed under the contract for nearly five months, but…

Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  
Date: July 12, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1151

Justia Opinion Summary: Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC (Range) and Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC (Columbia Gulf) filed administrative complaints against Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern) with the Federal Energy Regulatory…

International Dark-Sky Association, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission  
Date: July 12, 2024
Docket Number: 22-1337

Justia Opinion Summary: Space Exploration Holdings (SpaceX) applied for a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate 29,988 low-altitude non-geostationary orbit satellites for its second-generation Starlink system. The…

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