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
Duquesne University v. NLRB (SLIP OPINION FORMAT)
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1063
Menoken v. Dhillon  
Date: September 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-5284

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against her employer, the EEOC, alleging that the agency had subjected her to a hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and had violated her rights under the Rehabi...

Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives v. McGahn  
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-5331

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives ordered former White House Counsel McGahn to testify, the president instructed McGahn to assert absolute testimonial immunity from compelled congressio...

In re: Hillary Clinton (REVISED)
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-5056
In re: Flynn  
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-5143

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents, 18 U.S.C. 1001. In May 2020, before sentencing, the government moved to dismiss all charges with prejudice. Flynn consented to that motion and moved...

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen v. Federal Railroad Administration  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1235

Justia Opinion Summary: Two U.S. railroads began allowing engineers and conductors employed by their Mexican affiliates to operate trains on their tracks in the U.S. Railroads certify their own engineers and conductors, in compliance with minim...

Al-Hela v. Trump  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-5079

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court denied a habeas petition by Al Hela, a Yemeni sheik, challenging his detention at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay. Al Hela claims that the President lacked authority to detain him under the Au...

United States v. Dynamic Visions Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 17-5265

Justia Opinion Summary: After the federal government brought an action against Dynamic Visions and its owner under the False Claims Act (FCA) for submitting false claims for reimbursement, the district court granted summary judgment to the gove...

International Longshore & Warehouse Union v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1124

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a longstanding dispute about which of two competing unions represents a group of several dozen mechanics who maintain and repair shipping equipment. Under NLRB v. Burns International Security Service...

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington v. Federal Election Commission  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-5261

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit challenging a Federal Election Commission Rule requiring some donations known as independent expenditures (IEs) to be publicly disclosed. In the underlying case, plaintiff brought an enforcement com...

Mirror Lake Village, LLC v. Wolf  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-5025

Justia Opinion Summary: Five foreign nationals who each contributed $500,000 to Mirror Lake, a new commercial enterprise set to construct and operate a senior living facility, sought to obtain lawful permanent resident status under the EB-5 imm...

Machado Amadis v. United States Department of State  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-5088

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed three sets of requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking information about the denial of his applications for a United States entry visa. The district court granted summary judgment in...

In re: Sealed Case  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1216

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied the Refinery's motion to proceed under a pseudonym. The court weighed the markedly thin showing of potential injury by the Refinery against the substantial public interest in transparency and openne...

Music Choice v. Copyright Royalty Board  
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1011

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a lower grandfathered royalty rate is paid by some music services that were early providers of digital music transmissions. Music Choice, a digital broadcast music servi...

Competitive Enterprise Institute v. Federal Communications Commission  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1281

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involves conditions that the FCC imposed on a merger of three cable companies into a new merged entity, New Charter. Among other things, the conditions (1) prohibit New Charter from charging programming suppl...