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
Lane v. District of Columbia  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 15-7023

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Metropolitan Police Officer Leo and three other officers, part of the Gun Recovery Unit, encountered Briscoe in an apartment parking lot. When an officer asked Briscoe if he was carrying a gun, Briscoe fled. Two...

Oncor Electric Delivery Compan v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1278

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008 Oncor began installing smart meters that can report customers’ electricity usage remotely, eliminating the need for personal inspection and the associated labor costs. In 2012 a Texas Senate committee investigate...

Butte County, California v. Chaudhuri  
Date: April 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-5240

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allows a federally-recognized Indian tribe to conduct gaming on lands held in trust by the Secretary of the Interior for the tribe’s benefit, 25 U.S.C. 2710(b)(1), 2703(4)(B) if the lands...

AT&T, Inc. v. FCC  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1038

Justia Opinion Summary: Telecommunications carriers with legacy obligations petitioned for review challenging the FCC's decision to hold their obligations in place during an interim period. The DC Circuit denied the petitions for review for two...

USPS v. PRC  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1284

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted the Postal Service's petition for review of the Commission's orders ruling that a mail preparation change constitutes a change in rates if it results "in the deletion of a rate cell" or "in the red...

USPS v. PRC  
Date: April 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1412

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted the Postal Service's petition for review of the Commission's orders holding that the discontinuation of a service on the Postal Service's authorized list of market dominant products also amounted t...

Publi-Inversiones de Puerto Rico, Inc. v. NLRB  
Date: March 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1102

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the Board's finding that PI was a successor employer and thus violated Sections 8(a)(5) and (1) of the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to recognize and bargain with the union. The court u...

United States v. Cooper  
Date: March 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3015

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of five counts related to his role in a scheme to steal from a labor union. The DC Circuit applied de novo review and held that counts one and two charged the same conspiracy and were therefore no...

Citizens Association of Georgetown v. FAA  
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1285

Justia Opinion Summary: Georgetown University and others petitioned for review of the FAA's approval of new flight paths that would bring planes closer to the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Petitioners alleged that the FAA failed t...

Smith v. Clinton  
Date: March 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5133

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, parents of two State Department employees that died during the September 11, 2012 attacks on United States facilities in Benghazi, Libya, filed suit against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fo...

Laccetti v. SEC  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1368

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Board charged petitioner and found that he violated the Board's rules and auditing standards, he petitioned to vacate the orders and sanctions against him. The D.C. Circuit held that the Board infringed plainti...

United States v. Powers  
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 17-3012

Justia Opinion Summary: The D.C. Circuit affirmed defendant's 20-month sentence for failing to remove asbestos-containing material prior to renovation. The court did not reach the merits of defendant's claims because he waived his ability to ap...

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA  
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 12-1342

Justia Opinion Summary: Conservation petitioners challenged the portion of the EPA's Final Rule, which implemented Congress's effort to restore air quality and visibility in certain national parks and wilderness areas (Class I areas), allowing...

Orton Motor, Inc. v. HHS  
Date: March 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1299

Justia Opinion Summary: The FDA counted both the sale to a minor and the failure to verify age as two separate violations on Orton's second failed inspection and assessed the maximum penalty of $500 for three violations within a 24-month period...

ACA International v. FCC  
Date: March 16, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1211

Justia Opinion Summary: Numerous regulated entities petitioned for review of a 2015 order in which the Commission sought to clarify various aspects of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) general bar against using automated dialing de...