High Court Will Decide Error Standard For Vets' Benefit Cases

By Daniel Wilson (January 14, 2022, 8:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take a case over whether a veteran could challenge as "clear and unmistakable error" the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' denial of his benefits claim based on a later-invalidated regulatory interpretation.

The justices granted certiorari to a petition filed by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kevin George, after the Federal Circuit ruled in March 2021 that the VA had appropriately applied a regulation in place at the time when it denied George's disability benefits claim, even though that regulation was later found to clash with an underlying law.

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