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US court upholds dismissal of foster care lawsuit that was issue in gubernatorial campaign


BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley is applauding a federal appeals court ruling on a lawsuit that became a major issue during her recent unsuccessful campaign for governor.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court decision to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Children's Rights, a New York-based child welfare organization, accusing the state of violating the constitutional rights of foster children in Massachusetts.

Coakley argued that the plaintiffs advocated a one-size-fits-all approach that wasn't right for the state.

Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker said during the campaign that Coakley should have worked with the group to fix the problems at the Department of Children and Families instead of litigating the case. An outside political action committee supporting Baker referenced the case in an attack ad it ran against the Democrat.

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