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Supreme Court won't review Arizona foster-care lawsuit

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Posted at 7:07 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 22:07:14-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review whether a 2015 lawsuit alleging gross failures in the foster-care system should be treated as a class-action matter.

The Arizona Republic reported that the high court decision means the case will proceed to trial as a class-action lawsuit.

Attorneys for the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the state's Medicare provider argue the lawsuit conflates problems that individual children have encountered with systemwide failures.

New York-based nonprofit Children's Rights has brought similar lawsuits in other states, arguing the problems are systemic and can only be solved with judicial intervention.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled.