Children's Right is essentially seeking fees based on New York rates, but the case was litigated in Oklahoma. U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy recommends the state pay most but not all of the fees being sought. DHS Director Ed Lake, who succeeded Hendrick after the case was settled, said, “It would be a far better use of the state's resources” to direct money that would go to fees to actual services.
Children's Rights is entitled to recover fees for the case. It could be more reasonable in its request. But that would remove the aforementioned leverage. As we noted previously, Children's Rights is cheapening its image even as it inflates its worth.