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
Old Dominion Electric Coop. v. FERC (ORDER)
Date: October 16, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1040
Katopothis v. Windsor-Mount Joy Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 16-7132

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit vacated its previous opinion and substituted the following opinion. Homeowners filed suit against their insurance company for breach of contract when the company refused to cover flood damage to homeowner...

Palacios v. Spencer  
Date: October 12, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5246

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the district court's dismissal of his complaint, denial of his motion for leave to amend the complaint, and rejection of his motion to transfer the case to the United States Court of Federal Claims. Af...

ANR Storage Co. v. FERC  
Date: September 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1285

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit granted ANR's petition for review challenging FERC's decision refusing to allow ANR to charge market-based rates, as opposed to cost-based rates, for its natural gas storage services. The court held that F...

SoundExchange, Inc. v. Copyright Royalty Board and Librarian of Congress  
Date: September 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-1159

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs challenged the Copyright Royalty Board's most recent determination for rates noninteractive webcasters must pay to play recordings over the Internet under a statutory copyright license. The DC Circuit sustaine...

Citizens for Responsibility a v. FEC
Date: September 15, 2018
Docket Number: 18-5261
Ford v. Massarone  
Date: September 4, 2018
Docket Number: 16-5298

Justia Opinion Summary: DC Code 24-409 generally requires the Commission to hold an offender’s first DC parole hearing at his DC parole eligibility date, and that rule also applies to offenders, like plaintiff, who become eligible for DC parole...

Teachers College, Columbia University v. NLRB  
Date: September 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1151

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit denied a petition for review of the Board's decision affirming an ALJ's conclusion that the College violated the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to provide information requested by a union represe...

United States v. Mosquera-Murillo  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3096

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, the drugs on board the Mistby, in violation of the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA) and the Controlled Substances Imp...

Utility Solid Waste Activities v. Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 15-1219

Justia Opinion Summary: Coal residuals, “one of the largest industrial waste streams,” contain myriad carcinogens and neurotoxins. Power plants generally store it on site in aging piles or pools, risking protracted leakage and catastrophic stru...

Lewis v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5068

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Delta Airlines filed for bankruptcy and stopped contributing to its pilots' pension plan. Delta and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated that Plan, which had insufficient assets to support...

United States v. Machado-Erazo  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 15-3040

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed Defendants Ayala, Machado-Erazo, and Martinez-Amaya's convictions and sentences for conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute. The court held that the...

In re: Sealed Case  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-3005

Justia Opinion Summary: A generic appeal waiver does not affect a defendant's ability to appeal his sentence on yet-to-arise ineffective-assistance-of-counsel grounds. The DC Circuit held that the appeal waiver did not preclude defendant from a...

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. HHS  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-5269

Justia Opinion Summary: The DC Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to uphold HHS's redaction of certain types of information in response to PETA's request for information about the importation of nonhuman primates under the Freedom o...

Air Alliance Houston v. EPA  
Date: August 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was whether the EPA had authority under Sections 307(d)(7)(B) and 112(r)(7) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to delay the effective date of the Chemical Disaster Rule of January 13, 2017, for twenty mon...