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Big money in children's rights: the Georgia chapter

Doing well at institutional reform litigation: per Law.com's Fulton County Daily Report, the Eleventh Circuit "has upheld more than $10.5 million in fees for lawyers who successfully challenged Georgia's foster care system -- but not before the judge who wrote the main opinion suggested that the lawyers were being greedy." Judge Edward E. Carnes wrote that the attorneys filing the suit, led by State Bar of Georgia President Jeffrey Bramlett of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore and Marcia Robinson Lowry of Children's Rights Inc., "want a lot more money than they would receive from multiplying the number of hours they worked on this case by the hourly rate they charge." Lowry's group, which has been involved in lawsuits against many other states' foster care systems, faced intense criticism for the millions in fees it siphoned off from New York City in its longstanding litigation against the city's foster care operations.

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