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Fed. Circuit: VA can’t use failure to report as evidence

If a veteran’s service record does not mention any reports that the veteran was sexually assaulted while in service, can the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use this absence of records as evidence that no sexual assault occurred? In AZ

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Fed. Circuit: Necessity of burning forest can be challenged

In an opinion today for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court deals with a situation in which the U.S. Forest Service set fire to a landowner’s property in order to help prevent a forest fire

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Fed. Circuit: To prove marriage, use state law

In a recent opinion for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Mayer writes that state evidence law should be used to prove a couple was married for the purposes of awarding veterans’ survivor benefits. Alabama state

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