Wenefrido C. Crabajales, Claimant-appellant, v. Jesse Brown, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-appellee, 56 F.3d 80 (Fed. Cir. 1995)Annotate this Case
May 8, 1995
Before ARCHER, Chief Judge, FRIEDMAN, Senior Circuit Judge, and BRYSON, Circuit Judge.
BRYSON, Circuit Judge.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs moves to waive the requirements of Fed. Cir. R. 27(e) and to dismiss Wenefrido C. Crabajales' appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Crabajales opposes.*
On September 13, 1994, the Court of Veterans Appeals entered judgment in Crabajales' case. On December 10, 1994, 88 days after the entry of judgment by the Court of Veterans Appeals, the veterans court received Crabajales' notice of appeal.
An appeal from the Court of Veterans Appeals must be filed within 60 days after the date of entry of the judgment. 38 U.S.C. § 7292(a); 28 U.S.C. § 2107; Fed. R. App. P. 4(a) (1). Because Crabajales' notice of appeal was not filed within 60 days, we must dismiss his appeal. See Sofarelli Associates, Inc. v. United States, 716 F.2d 1395 (Fed. Cir. 1983) (appeal must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction where notice of appeal is untimely).*
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.
In addition to his opposition, Crabajales submits a document entitled "Transmission of the Record on Appeal." We treat this submission as an unopposed motion to supplement his informal brief. Crabajales' motion is granted
The Secretary also challenges the jurisdiction of this court under 38 U.S.C. § 7292, which provides that 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. Because we are dismissing Crabajales' appeal for untimeliness, we do not reach this issue