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Questions about PACER fees swirling in court disputes

A recent ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia provided insight into the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system’s financial health and raised more questions. The case, National Veterans Legal Services Program et al. v. United States of America, 1:16-cv-00745, is a dispute over PACER funds. The plaintiffs claim the fees charged by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts exceeded the amount that could be collected under the E-Government Act of 2002. [more]

Released 4/18/18 | Tags: Class Actions

Ruling on ‘Undiagnosed Pain’ Case May Benefit Veterans

For years, the non-profit National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) screened Board of Veterans' Appeals decisions, seeking a case involving denial of disability compensation to a veteran suffering from chronic service-related pain but due to a condition that doctors couldn't diagnose. Such a case has arisen, and its outcome, if it stands, could benefit thousands of veterans who have had VA compensation claims for pain denied for lack of a medical diagnosis. [more]

Released 4/16/18 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Court Rules in Favor of Pain-Stricken Vets

More veterans who suffer from chronic pain related to injuries or conditions they received while in the service now qualify for treatment and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled April 4 that pain-stricken veterans should get VA benefits, even if their conditions are not directly linked to a medical diagnosis. The ruling overturns a 19-year precedent that barred VA from providing such benefits without a clear diagnosis. [more]

Released 4/13/18 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

A veteran with knee pain makes perfect case for lawyers fighting coverage restrictions

In May 2016 the NVLSP found the promising case it sought. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided it favorably for Army veteran Melba Saunders. The April 3 ruling in Saunders v. Wilkie, if it stands, could benefit thousands of veterans who have had VA compensation claims for pain denied for lack of a medical diagnosis. [more]

Released 4/12/18 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

Vet Lawyers Got Desired ‘Undiagnosed Pain’ Case To Win On Appeal

Lawyers at the non-profit National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) had been screening Board of Veterans’ Appeals decisions for years, looking for just the right case involving denial of disability compensation to a veteran suffering from chronic service-related pain but due to a condition that doctors couldn’t diagnose. The NVLSP needed such a case to challenge a 1999 precedent-setting ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims that found VA was not required to compensate a veteran for pain if physicians aren’t able to identify the cause. [more]

Released 4/12/18 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

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