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    Veterans Group Pushes Cap on Attorney Fees in Camp Lejeune Water Cases Despite Political Divide on Limits

    Veterans Group Pushes Cap on Attorney Fees in Camp Lejeune Water Cases Despite Political Divide on Limits

    A leading veterans organization urged lawmakers Wednesday to cap fees attorneys can collect from veterans suing the government over water contamination at Lejeune, North Carolina, as Republicans and Democrats sparred over how far such caps should go.

    In a hearing before the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees, the American Legion identified limits on attorneys fees related to Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims as one of its top goals.

    “Our with those who have served must extend to … veterans who are preyed upon by companies that charge high fees for claims — assistance that the American Legion and others provide free of charge — or unscrupulous law firms that fleece veterans out of Camp Lejeune Justice Act settlement damages through uncapped legal fees,” testified Vincent Troiola, national commander of the American Legion.

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    The Camp Lejeune law, which was passed last year as part of the sweeping PACT Act, created a pathway for former Marines, sailors and families poisoned by decades of contaminated drinking water at the to sue and recover damages.

    Under the law, veterans or family members assigned to the installation or who lived there for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and were harmed by the water can file administrative claims with the Navy. If the Navy denies the claim or…

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