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
Usoyan v. Republic of Turkey  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-7017

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 16, 2017, Turkish security forces clashed with protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s Washington, D.C. residence. Injured protesters sued the Republic of Turkey, claiming that President Erdogan ordered the at...

Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe v. Becerra  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5336

Justia Opinion Summary: Indian Health Services (IHS) previously provided health care to the federally recognized Tribe through a clinic in McDermitt, Nevada, and an emergency medical services program. Federal law entitles members of other tribe...

Communications Workers of America v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: T-Mobile’s Wichita service center employs approximately 600 customer service representatives. Since 2009, the Union has been attempting to organize the workers. In 2015, Befort, a customer service representative, emailed...

Saunders v. Kijakazi  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5263

Justia Opinion Summary: Saunders worked as a bus attendant for the Washington, D.C., school system, helping students with special needs and those in wheelchairs on and off the bus. On January 7, 2014, she slipped and fell on ice at work, suffer...

Khodorkovskaya v. Gay  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-7018

Justia Opinion Summary: Inna Khodorkovskaya sued the director and the playwright of Kleptocracy, a play that ran for a month in 2019 at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She alleged false light invasion of privacy and intentional infliction...

McKinney v. Wormuth  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5189

Justia Opinion Summary: Sergeant First Class McKinney served honorably in the Army for more than 20 years before retiring in 2007. Months later, he suffered a stroke at age 46. A VA doctor opined that of McKinney’s reported exposures during se...

iTech U.S., Inc v. Renaud  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5235

Justia Opinion Summary: iTech filed an I-140 (petition for alien worker) immigrant visa petition on behalf of Reddy. USCIS approved the petition two months later. In its application, iTech produced evidence of its ability to pay the proffered w...

McCarthy v. Pelosi  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5240

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In response, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 965 in May 2020, establishing a process under which House Members can cas...

Cigar Association of America v. United States Food and Drug Administration  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a comprehensive regulatory scheme for tobacco products, defined as “any product made or derived from tob...

Kennedy v. Novo A/S  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-7062

Justia Opinion Summary: Kennedy worked for Novo, promoting a new diabetes drug, Victoza. FDA approval of Victoza included specific conditions concerning a possible risk of thyroid cancer. According to Kennedy, in preparation for Victoza’s com...

Growth Energy v. Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1023

Justia Opinion Summary: The Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard Program (42 U.S.C. 7547(o)(2)(A)(i)) calls for annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel introduced into the U.S. fuel supply and sets annual targets for renewable fuel...

United States v. Arrington  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3086

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Arrington was convicted of assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The judge calculated a mandatory 210-240-month sentencing range and se...

United States v. Johnson  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3094

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, ATF agents executing a search warrant at Johnson’s home recovered explosive powder, items associated with the production of explosive devices, and boxes containing .37-millimeter ammunition shells with caps and...

Farrell v. Blinken  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5357

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Farrell, a U.S. citizen, moved to Switzerland. He married a Swiss citizen; they had a child. In 2004, he naturalized as a Swiss citizen, allegedly with the intent of relinquishing his U.S. nationality; 8 U.S.C....

Selden v. Airbnb, Inc.  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-7168

Justia Opinion Summary: When Selden signed up for Airbnb, an online home rental platform, he was presented with a sign-in webpage that informs the user he is agreeing to certain terms by signing up. Airbnb’s Terms of Service required that all d...