Court allows a class-action lawsuit against VA for the first time
I have always thought that any and all levels of govt and agencies should be open to lawsuits. This court decision is around long wait times on disability claim appeals. I have seen my local VA vastly improve their times in deciding initial and follow-up claims, but not all VA's are equal.
A federal court for the first time will allow a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs to move ahead, a move that legal experts said opens the doors for a host of similar cases against the bureaucracy.
The decision, which could affect thousands of veterans, came late last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Last August, the same court for the first time ruled that class-action lawsuits would be allowed against VA in “appropriate cases,” but no such claims met court standards until now.
This case — Godsey v. Wilkie — sought relief for veterans facing lengthy waits for the department to certify their disability benefits appeals claims.