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US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims challenges delays in VA decision-making

from Providence Journal

On June 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) certified its first class action. The case, Godsey v. Wilkie, was a petition for extraordinary relief brought by law firm Covington & Burling LLP and the National Veterans Legal Services Program. The petition was filed on behalf of veterans James Godsey, Jr., Jeffery Henke, Thomas Marshall and Pamela Whitfield. It sought relief for all similarly situated VA benefits claimants who have filed an appeal to VA's highest tribunal, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and since have suffered extended delays waiting for VA to begin moving their appeals forward in a process called "certification." The CAVC partially granted the petition in the same order that it certified the class action, concluding that 18-month or longer VA delays to begin that process are "unreasonable." more

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