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Thu August 11, 2011

Lawsuit Delayed

Tulsa, OK – Lawsuit against Okla. DHS moved to February

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has delayed the trial in a class-action lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

The Tulsa World reports that U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell cited the scheduling challenges of accommodating a four-week trial on his docket as the reason for moving it from Oct. 17 to Feb. 21.

New York-based Children's Rights sued DHS officials in 2008, accusing the state of not finding adequate homes for foster children and of inadequately monitoring their safety.

Children's Rights Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry said in a statement that the advocacy group is disappointed about the delay but is ready to proceed when the court is prepared to hear the case.

DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell says the agency would've been ready for trial in October.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.