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VA denied stay on emergency care claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has rejected with stunning speed a motion from the Department of Veterans Affairs that it be allowed to stop taking steps toward reimbursing hundreds of thousands of veterans, for the non-VA emergency care costs they have paid, until higher courts rule on VA’s appeal. [more]

Released 2/23/17 | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Groups trying to help veterans with PTSD get proper care

Many military veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but if they are discharged with anything less than an honorable discharge they cannot get the mental-health treatment they need. The Department of Veterans Affairs said that 20 percent of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq could have PTSD. [more]

Released 2/22/17 | Tags: Discharges

Adequacy is Adequate: DC District Court Certifies Pacer Fee Class

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia certified a class of all individuals and entities who paid fees to obtain court records though the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The proposed class representatives, three nonprofit legal advocacy organizations, overcame the government’s primary challenge to class certification, which was that they were not adequate class representatives. The National Veterans Legal Services Program, the National Consumer Law Center and the Alliance for Justice, all nonprofit entities that paid fees to obtain court records from PACER, filed suit to recover the allegedly excessive fees charged by the government for PACER access. [more]

Released 2/16/17 | Tags: Class Actions

Veteran Article

There are approximately 4.5 million veterans in the United States. These men and women, our family, friends, and neighbors, risked their lives to keep us safe at home. Many of them suffer, physically and emotionally, long after they have left the fighting behind. Thankfully, there are organizations available to help veterans, active duty military and their families overcome the hardships they may face. [more]

Released 2/8/17 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Lawsuit On Illegal Fees For Access To Court Records Advances

A lawsuit that claims the public is being overcharged by a federally run online court document access system known as PACER moves forward. The federal judge overseeing the case has classified the suit as a class action. This would mean that anybody who used the service from 2010 to 2016 might be entitled to refund should the defendant, as in this case the U.S. government, lose or settle, according to Ars Technica reports. [more]

Released 1/27/17 | Tags: Class Actions

Lawsuit claiming public being milked for access to court records advances

A lawsuit that claims the public is being overcharged by the US government's website for accessing federal court records just took a major step forward. A federal judge overseeing the litigation against PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, just certified the case as a class action—meaning anybody who has used the service between 2010-2016 might be entitled to refunds if the government loses or settles. [more]

Released 1/25/17 | Tags:

In PACER Suit, a Class Action Even Defense Lawyers Can Love

Paying too much for PACER? You could get an email notice later this spring to join a class action that seeks refunds for several hundred thousand people who allege the electronic court service has charged excessive fees.A federal judge for the District of Columbia granted class certification this week in the case, [more]

Released 1/25/17 | Tags: Class Actions

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