Jerry L. Hall, Sr., Claimant-appellant, v. Jesse Brown, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-appellee, 42 F.3d 1409 (Fed. Cir. 1994)Annotate this Case
Nov. 18, 1994
Before MAYER, Circuit Judge, FRIEDMAN, Senior Circuit Judge, and PLAGER, Circuit Judge.
PLAGER, Circuit Judge.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs moves to waive the requirements of Fed. Cir. R. 27(e) and to dismiss Jerry L. Hall, Sr.'s appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Hall submits a response.
In 1989, the Board of Veterans Appeals denied Hall's claim for service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder. A few years later, the Board denied reopening of his claim for service connection. The Board determined that Hall had not submitted new and material evidence to support reopening of the claim. Hall appealed to the Court of Veterans Appeals. The Court of Veterans Appeals summarily affirmed the Board's decision that Hall's additional evidence did not constitute new and material evidence for purposes of reopening Hall's claim. Hall appealed to this court.
Under 38 U.S.C. § 7292, this court may review only challenges to the validity or interpretation of a statute or regulation, or to the interpretation of a constitutional provision, that the Court of Veterans Appeals relied on in its decision. If an appeal to this court from the Court of Veterans Appeals does not challenge the validity or interpretation of a statute or regulation, or the interpretation of a constitutional provision, Sec. 7292(d) requires this court to dismiss the appeal. That section states that this Court "may not review (A) a challenge to a factual determination, or (B) a challenge to a law or regulation as applied to the facts of a particular case."
In his informal brief, Hall argues that the Court of Veterans Appeals failed to consider certain evidence and facts. Hall thus argues that the Court of Veterans Appeals made inaccurate factual determinations. As this court has no jurisdiction to conduct such an inquiry, this appeal must be dismissed. See Livingston v. Derwinski, 959 F.2d 224, 225-26 (Fed. Cir. 1992).
IT IS ORDERED THAT:
(1) The Secretary's motion to waive the requirements of Fed. Cir. R. 27(e) is granted.
(2) The Secretary's motion to dismiss is granted.
(3) Each side shall bear its own costs.