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Agent Orange Exposure Update

On August 2, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered the VA to issue final regulations within 30 days adding ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemias to the list of disabilities presumptively caused by Agent Orange Exposure. This action was directed by the court via a writ of mandamus based upon a petition filed by four veteran’s organizations after VA refused to issue the regulations by the June 23, 2010 statutory deadline. The VA argued that the need for review of the regulations trumped the statutory deadline. As is evident, the Court disagreed.