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
Multicultural Media, et al. v. FCC, et al.
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1222
Saad v. SEC  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1430

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner challenged the Commission's decision to sustain FINRA's decision to permanently bar him from membership and from working with any of its affiliated members. The DC Circuit held that the Commission reasonably g...

Burns v. Levy  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7103

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against defendants, alleging breach of contract, defamation, and tortious interference with a prospective economic advantage. The district court granted summary judgment for defendants. In this case,...

United States v. Glover  
Date: October 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3011

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Appellant Glover and Price's petition to vacate their convictions under 28 U.S.C. 2255. Appellants were convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute...

Bread for the City v. USDA  
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5329

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Bread for the City's complaint for failure to state a cause of action. Bread for the City alleged that the Department spent hundreds of millions of dollars less t...

Lorenzo v. SEC  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1202

Justia Opinion Summary: After the SEC determined that petitioner's conduct violated various securities-fraud provisions, the DC Circuit upheld the Commission's findings that the statements in petitioner's emails were false or misleading and tha...

American Wild Horse Preservati v. Sonny Perdue
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5332
Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Perdue  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5073

Justia Opinion Summary: The Animal Welfare Act's (AWA), 7 U.S.C. 2133, compliance demonstration requirement does not unambiguously preclude USDA's license renewal scheme and the scheme is not facially unreasonable. In this case, plaintiffs file...

Phoenix v. Huerta  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1158

Justia Opinion Summary: The City petitioned for review of the FAA's letter, characterizing it as a final order, that addressed the noise complaints stemming from its change of flight routes in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport...

SNR Wireless LicenseCo, LLC v. FCC  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1330

Justia Opinion Summary: After the FCC denied SNR and Northstar's application to use bidding credits to purchase wireless spectrum licenses, SNR and Northstar bought some of the licenses at full price and relinquished the rest to the FCC. The FC...

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. v. Price  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5229

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved two antipsychotic drugs primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: Abilify Maitena, manufactured by Otsuka; and Aristada, manufactured by Alkermes. Otsuka sought judicial review, con...

Johnson v. Commission on Presidential Debates  
Date: August 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-7107

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, the Libertarian Party's presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 2012 elections, filed suit claiming that they were excluded pursuant to an agreement between the Obama for America and Romney for P...

Sierra Club v. FERC  
Date: August 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1329

Justia Opinion Summary: Sierra Club challenged the Commission's decision approving the construction and operation of three new interstate natural-gas pipelines in the southeastern United States. Determining that it has jurisdiction to entertain...

United States v. Griffith  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 13-3061

Justia Opinion Summary: The fact that most people now carry a cell phone was not enough to justify an intrusive search of a place lying at the center of the Fourth Amendment's protections—a home—for any phone defendant might own. Defendant appe...

Midwest Division - MMC, LLC v. NLRB  
Date: August 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1312

Justia Opinion Summary: Menorah petitioned for review of the Board's finding that Menorah had violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The DC Circuit set aside the Board's determination that Menorah improperly denied the nurses' reques...