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During 1976, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals again issued a substantial number of decisions interpreting and applying the growing number of federal statutes governing employer-employee relationships.' It is noteworthy that of nearly 60 cases reviewed, 29 were reversed, vacated or modified, at least in part. Factors such as the high percentage of unorganized employees in the circuit and the consequent active union organizing efforts provided the court with a wide variety of labor cases and with, perhaps, greater familiarity with the law in this area than some other circuits have. For whatever reasons, the court's decisions this term indicate that it is continuing its active role in shaping the development of the federal labor laws and in holding the various federal agencies accountable through meaningful judicial review.