Gholar v. Department of Veteran Administration Affair
ORDER DENYING Request that this Court Order the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to Answer Plaintiff's Claim, signed by Chief Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on 12/30/2016. (Kusamura, W)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
JOHN RAY GHOLAR,
Case No. 1:16-cv-648 LJO-BAM
ORDER RE REQUEST THAT THIS COURT
ORDER THE UNITED STATES COURT OF
APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS TO
ANSWER PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM
DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN
ADMINISTRATION AFFAIR, et al.,
On June 2, 2016, Plaintiff John Gholar filed a complaint challenging the Department of
Veteran Affairs’ management of his veteran disability benefits. On July 26, 2016, this court
adopted in full the Findings and Recommendations (“F&Rs”) of the assigned magistrate judge,
and Plaintiff’s Complaint was dismissed without prejudice and without leave to amend for lack of
subject matter jurisdiction. (Docs. 4 & 5.) Judgment was entered and the case was closed. (Doc.
On December 14, 2016, Plaintiff filed a request for an Order directing the United States
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to answer Plaintiff’s claim(s). (Doc. 7.) Plaintiff indicates
that this Court instructed Plaintiff to “first file in the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran
Claims.” (Id. at 1.) Plaintiff claims to have filed a document with that court on September 6,
2016, and followed up with a letter on October 2, 2016. (Id. at 2.) Having received no response,
Plaintiff now asks this Court to “ask the Veteran Claim Court to answer plaintiff[’s] 42 U.S.C.
1983 or please take the claim.” Id.
As indicated in the F&Rs, even if this case were not already closed, this Court has no
authority to review or otherwise take action related to Plaintiff’s underlying dispute with the
Department of Veterans Affairs:
Plaintiff’s claims arise under the laws administered by the
Department of Veterans Affairs. 38 U.S.C. 301, et seq. The
Veterans’ Judicial Review Act of 1988 provides the exclusive
means for appealing benefit decisions made by the Department of
Veterans Affairs. The claimantmust first appeal to the Board of
Veterans’ Appeals. 38 U.S.C. § 7104(a). An adverse decision by
the Board may be appealed to the Court of Appeals for Veterans
Claims. 38 U.S.C. § 7252(a) (“The Court of Appeals for Veterans
Claims shall have exclusive jurisdiction to review decisions of the
Board of Veterans’ Appeals.”). In the limited circumstances
specified by statute, the claimant may seek review by the United
States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 38 U.S.C. § 7292.
Federal district courts are not included in the congressional scheme
for judicial review of veterans’ benefit determinations.
(F&Rs, Doc. 4, at 3.)
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s request is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Lawrence J. O’Neill _____
December 30, 2016
UNITED STATES CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGE
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