No. 98-7019.

158 F.3d 1377 (1998)

Thomas R. DONOVAN, Claimant-Appellant, v. Togo D. WEST, Jr., Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

October 26, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert V. Chisholm, Chisholm & Chisholm, of Providence, RI, argued for claimant-appellant.

Agnes Brown, Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, of Washington, DC, argued for respondent-appellee. With her on brief were Frank W. Hunger, Assistant Attorney General, David M. Cohen, Director, and Sharon Y. Eubanks, Deputy Director. Of counsel on brief were Donald E. Zeglin, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and David J. Barrans, Staff Attorney, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, of Washington, DC.

Michael P. Horan, Associate General Counsel, Paralyzed Veterans of America, for amicus curiae Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Before PLAGER, Circuit Judge, FRIEDMAN, Senior Circuit Judge, and RADER, Circuit Judge.

FRIEDMAN, Senior Circuit Judge.

This appeal presents a question about the meaning and effect of a regulation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 38 C.F.R. § 3.105(a) (1997), providing that otherwise final determinations of the agency's regional offices will be "reversed or amended" if there is "clear and unmistakable error." The appellant Donovan contends that under this provision he may challenge a final decision of the VA regional office denying his...

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