He recommended cutting $3,000 from the group's award because of instances “where it appears Children Right's picked up a meal tab for several diners or where the amount appears extravagant.”
In an emailed statement Wednesday, new DHS Director Ed Lake said, “We just received the magistrate's recommendations today but our initial reaction is that $7 million is excessive. The Legislature appropriated $4 million for attorneys' fees which we believe are reasonable. It would be a far better use of the state's resources to direct the difference in the amounts to the protection and care of the children served by DHS.”
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