March 14 Update
on the Haas and Ribaudo Rulings

There have been many rumors flying around about the status of the two important Blue Water Navy cases – Haas and Ribaudo. In an attempt to clear up confusion, the following is the status as of 3:30 PM, March 14, 2007:

Haas: This case is currently on Appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (not the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims). After the Court granted several extensions, the government’s initial brief was due to be filed with the Court on March 2, 2007. On March 2, 2007, the government filed a motion for an extension of time until March 7, 2007 to file the brief. On March 6, 2007, we filed an opposition to the VA’s motion for an extension of time. The government submitted a brief to the Federal Circuit on March 7, 2007. However, the brief has not been accepted for filing by the Court, since the Court has not yet ruled on the March 2, 2007 motion for an extension of time.

Ribaudo: This case is currently at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. On January 26, the Court issued a temporary stay of the adjudication of all Haas-like claims at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the VA Regional Offices. This temporary stay is in effect until the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims issues an order either revoking the temporary stay or granting the VA’s Motion for Stay (see below). Our most recent filing in this case was on February 7, 2006. On that date, the Court accepted for filing our opposition to the VA’s motion for stay of the Haas decision (which the VA filed in Ribaudo for some reason). There are currently three motions awaiting a decision in this case:

I hope that clears up some confusion. I will keep this site updated with the latest relevant happenings in either case (aside from non-substantive, routine motions by either party). It will likely be many more months, and possibly longer than a year, before these cases are resolved. I also request that people with general questions about the status of these cases refer to this website instead of directly contacting NVLSP. It has been difficult to keep up with all of the emails and telephone calls, most of which could have been avoided merely by checking this website. Thank you!

Source: NVLSP

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