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September 19 Updates on the Haas Case

The VA’s appeal of the Veteran Court’s Haas decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: the VA filed its initial brief in the Federal Circuit on March 7, 2007. You can view the VA’s brief, without its addendum (the Veterans Court’s Haas decision and judgment).

NVLSP filed their brief on behalf of Mr. Haas on June 4, 2007.

The VA filed its reply brief on July 20, 2007. View the brief here.

The VA also filed a Joint Appendix, which contains the underlying Veterans Court decision and other documents referenced in the briefs, on July 26, 2007. Oral argument was held on November 7, 2007. You can listen to a recording of the oral argument here. Type “HAAS v DVA” into the “Caption” field or "2007-7037" into the Cast Number field. (The link shows up at the very bottom of the page.)

On May 8, 2008, the Federal Circuit issued a decision reversing the Veterans Court’s decision that was in favor of Commander Haas.

On June 23, 2008, the attorneys for Commander Haas filed a Combined Petition for Panel Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc.

On June 30, 2008, The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and United Spinal Association file an Amici Curiae Brief in support of Commander Haas’ petition for rehearing.

The VA filed its opposition to the petition for rehearing on September 12, 2008. ( view opposition filing here.) It will likely be several weeks before the Federal Circuit rules on the petition for rehearing.