Fed. Circ. Revives Widow's Survivor Benefits Case

Law360, Los Angeles (December 9, 2013, 5:12 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday revived a military veteran's widow's claim for survivor benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, finding that the withdrawal of the woman's attorney prior to a filing deadline for an appeal could form a basis for equitable tolling.

In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel said that the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims erred in dismissing Marva J. Sneed's appeal of VA's denial of her claim for survivor benefits. The CAVC tossed Sneed's appeal because she filed 29...
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