In early 2009, Preg O’Donnell & Gillett accepted a case pro bono through the King County Bar Association involving representation of an individual who had been denied childhood survivor benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act. After a hearing before a Railroad Retirement Board hearing examiner, who affirmed the denial of benefits, POG appealed to the full Railroad Retirement Board, which affirmed the hearing examiner’s decision. POG petitioned the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for discretionary review of the Board’s decision. The Ninth Circuit accepted the case and after oral arguments were heard, on November 21, 2012 issued a 2-1 opinion reversing the Board’s decision. This significant victory represents an excellent example of POG’s commitment to those members of our community who lack access to legal representation, who would otherwise let an adverse decision below go unchallenged.
November 21st, 2012|News|