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The Law of Veterans’ Benefits 2008-2010: Significant Developments, Trends, and a Glimpse into the Future


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The Law of Veterans’ Benefits 2008-2010: Significant Developments, Trends, and a Glimpse into the Future

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The Law of Veterans’ Benefits 2008-2010: Significant Developments, Trends, and a Glimpse into the Future

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Introduction

I.            The Significant Developments (2008-2010)

 

A.                Timeliness of Appeals (Administrative and Judicial) and Other Jurisdictional Matters
 

i.                                     The Demise of Equitable Tolling

ii.                                    Abating the Finality of Board Decisions

iii.                                  Other Matters
 

B.               What Constitutes a “Claim” Under Relevant Law?
 

C.                The Department’s Notice-Related Duties
 

i.                                     The Supreme Court Speaks

ii.                                    Other Significant Notice-Related Matters
 

D.              The Department’s Duties to Assist Claimants
 

E.               Matters Related to Medical Examinations and Evidence
 

F.                Ratings-Related Decisions
 

G.              Matters Concerning Clear and Unmistakable Error (and Sympathetically Reading Claims)
 

H.               Matters Concerning Attorneys’ Fees
 

i.                                     EAJA Matters

ii.                                    Non-EAJA Matters
 

I.                 Due Process of Law
 

J.                Structural Matters
 

i.                                     The General Nature of the VA Adjudicatory System

ii.                                   Relations Between the Veterans Court and the Secretary

iii.                                 The Board’s Authority

iv.                                Appellate Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit
 

K.              Miscellaneous Matters
 

II.     PAST TRENDS AND A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
 

A.               Trends/Connections
 

i.                                      “This Stuff is Hard.”

ii.                                    The Veterans Court’s Instructional Role

iii.                                   Questions about the Nature of the Administrative System

iv.                                   The Role of Lawyers in the System
 

B.               Future Developments

 

CONCLUSION

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