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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Class Action Suit Brought on Behalf of Texas Foster Children

On October 18, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in M.D. v. Abbott, the class action suit brought on behalf of Texas foster children. While the appellate court affirmed the district court's ruling that the State caused constitutional harm and was deliberately indifferent to the class of foster children in regards to caseloads and management and oversight, the appellate court vacated parts of the district court's ruling that held that the State violated children's constitutional rights with regards to foster group homes, placement array, and other injunctive remedies. To review the Fifth Circuit's opinion, click here. For a complete understanding of the analysis and issues, be sure to also read Hon. Patrick Higginbotham's concurrence in part and dissent in part. To see a news article about the ruling from the Texas Tribune, click here.


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