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Federal Judiciary Misused PACER Fees, Judge Says in Class Action Ruling

The federal judiciary misused millions of dollars in fees derived from an electronic public web portal for court documents to fund certain programs that federal law did not allow, a Washington judge rule. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said the United States is liable for certain improper expenses that violated the E-Government Act of 2002. The ruling came in a class action that alleged the judiciary’s administrative office set fees too high for the online portal Public Access to Court Electronic Records, commonly known as PACER. The suit, filed by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, the National Consumer Law Center and Alliance for Justice, seeks monetary relief for allegedly excessive fees charged between 2010 and 2016. [more]

Released 3/31/18 | Tags: Class Actions

VVA, Agent Orange and the Fight for Justice for Vietnam Veterans

Since its beginning, Vietnam Veterans of America has been at the forefront of seeking answers about the effects of Agent Orange on veterans and their families and getting justice through treatment and compensation for illnesses caused by the military’s use of this defoliant. The very first witness at the first congressional hearing on Agent Orange in 1979 was then VVA Vice President John Terzano. [more]

Released 3/31/18 | Tags: Agent Orange

Judge Considers Legality of PACER Fees

A federal district court heard arguments recently on whether the federal courts are inappropriately overcharging for public access to court documents to fund certain projects. NVLSP is a plaintiff in the case. Subscription may be required to view the article. [more]

Released 3/23/18 | Tags: Class Actions

Learn about free legal services for veterans

Learn about free legal services for senior veterans from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Washington County Commission on Aging, 535 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown. The program is being presented by Lawyers Serving Warriors, an NVLSP progam. [more]

Released 3/13/18 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Combat-injured vets due refunds of wrongly collected taxes

With identity theft and refund fraud being so ubiquitous, folks might understandably think an unexpected tax refund notice is a scam. This time though, it's real for more than 133,000 U.S. military veterans who may qualify for their portion of federal tax refunds totaling an estimated $78 million. These former service personnel are due the money because they wrongly paid taxes on disability severance pay. Some of the erroneous tax payments go back as far as Jan. 17, 1991. The amount due eligible veterans varies based on rank and years of service, but some former service members may have been taxed as much as $11,000, according to the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), the nonprofit group that discovered the tax mistake. [more]

Released 2/21/18 | Tags:

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