Stuart T. O’Neal and Robert Forster successfully defended a private foster child placement service and several of its named employees in a claim brought by foster parents contesting the county agency’s decision to place the foster children with different foster parents. The complaint, filed in federal court, raised constitutional and pendent state claims against the county agency and the Burns White client. The defendants filed comprehensive motions for summary judgment raising the plaintiffs’ lack of standing, the federal abstention doctrine and qualified immunity, among other defenses. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their complaint against all parties before oral argument on the motions.
Note: The results obtained in a particular case are, of course, always heavily dependent on the facts and the law specific to that case.