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PRECEDENTIAL CAVC CASE ALERT: Buffington v. Wilkie (17-4382).
What is the Deep Issue in the Case? This case involved one issue, framed in 3 ways. In this case, the veteran was receiving disability compensation from the VA when he returned to active military service. His VA benefits were automatically terminated… Read More
August 5th, 2019
Federal Circuit Precedent Alert: Sucic v. Wilkie (definition of "children" in substitution statute)
What is the Deep Issue in the Case? Claimants eligible to receive accrued benefits upon the veteran’s death are, in order of eligibility, the veteran’s spouse, “the veteran’s children” and the veteran’s dependent p… Read More
April 24th, 2019
Tags: 38 USC 5121(a), Chevron deference, Chief Judge Sharon Prost, child, Circuit Judge Evan J. Wallach, Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna, D.M. Donahue, Jennifer Hwa, Joshua E. Kurland, Judge Coral W. Pietsch, Judge Mary J. Schoelen, Judge William S. Greenberg, Ken Carpenter, Michele R. Katina, pro veteran canon, St Louis MO VARO
FCOA Precedent Alert: Cook v. Wilkie (Can a veteran have more than one BVA hearing?)
What is the Deep Issue in the Case? 38 U.S.C. §7107(b) (2012) requires “[t]he Board shall decide any appeal only after affording the appellant an opportunity for a hearing.” On remand from the Veterans Court, the veteran asked for a new BVA hear… Read More
November 15th, 2018
Tags: 38 USC 7107(b), Barbara Thomas, Chevron deference, Circuit Judge Alan D. Lourie, Circuit Judge Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, Covington and Burling LLP, Francis M. Jackson, John Niles, Judge Coral W. Pietsch, Judge Margaret Bartley, K.L. Wallin, Ken Carpenter, Manchester NH VARO, Milo H. Hawley, Nathan P. Kirschner, Penelope E. Gronbeck, pro veteran, Procopio, Senior Judge Lawrence B. Hagel, Skidmore deference
Procopio, Procopio, Wherefore Art The Pro Veterans Canon?
UPDATE – January 29, 2019: Procopio Wins! Presumption of Agent Orange Exposure extended to Blue Water Navy Veterans. Click here to read the Federal Circuit’s opinion – and stay tuned, as there is a lot to unpack in this decision, an… Read More
November 1st, 2018