Felix R. Lanuzo, Petitioner, v. Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, Respondent, 960 F.2d 154 (Fed. Cir. 1992)

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US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - 960 F.2d 154 (Fed. Cir. 1992) Feb. 5, 1992

Before CLEVENGER, Circuit Judge, BENNETT, Senior Circuit Judge, RADER, Circuit Judge.


CLEVENGER, Circuit Judge.

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs moves (1) for leave to file a motion to suspend the filing of the certified list out of time with motion attached, or, in the alternative, (2) for an extension of time to file the certified list, or, in the alternative, (3) to waive Fed. Cir. R. 27(d) and (4) to dismiss Felix R. Lanuzo's petition for review for lack of jurisdiction. Lanuzo has not filed a response.

Starting in 1975, Lanuzo received disability compensation from the Veterans Administration for service-corrected hearing loss. In 1983, Lanuzo sought increased compensation on the ground that he had total hearing loss. Based on field and medical examinations, the VA determined that Lanuzo was feigning the increased loss and concluded that he had forfeited his rights to VA benefits pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 3503(a). On March 6, 1989, the Board of Veterans Appeals denied Lanuzo's appeal. Lanuzo seeks review of the Board's decision here.

This court does not have jurisdiction to review Lanuzo's petition. Pursuant to the Veterans' Judicial Review Act of 1988, this court may review decisions of the Court of Veterans Appeals, 38 U.S.C. 4092, and may review certain actions of the Secretary. 38 U.S.C. 223. With regard to the latter, judicial review is limited to the Secretary's actions concerning the promulgation and publication of agency rules and regulations. The statute does not confer jurisdiction to directly review a petitioner's challenge to the Board's application of the law to the facts of his or her particular claim. Hilario v. Secretary, Dep't of Veterans Affairs, 937 F.2d 586 (Fed. Cir. 1991).



(1) The Secretary's motion to waive Fed. Cir. R. 27(d) is granted.

(2) The Secretary's motion to dismiss is granted.

(3) The Secretary's remaining motions are moot.