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NVLSP and Its Private Law Firm Partner Persuade the Federal Circuit to Overturn 19-Year Precedent

In a sweeping legal victory for veterans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year lower court precedent which prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding disability benefits to a veteran for disabling pain if it was not linked to a medical diagnosis. “What this ruling means is that if a physician cannot diagnose the cause of the pain the veteran is experiencing, but the pain is related to an event, injury, or disease that occurred during the veteran’s military service, the veteran should now win disability benefits,” said Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of NVLSP and one of the attorneys who represented the veteran in the case. [more]

Released 4/4/18 | Tags: Class Actions

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Questions about PACER fees swirling in court disputes

Released 4/18/18 at The Indiana Lawyer | Tags: Class Actions

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]

Ruling on ‘Undiagnosed Pain’ Case May Benefit Veterans

Released 4/16/18 at The Military Report (Military.com) | Tags: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

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]

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