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Appeals court upholds dismissal of group’s suit against DCF

A federal appeals court in Boston on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit that a New York-based advocacy group brought against the state Department of Children and Families. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit voted unanimously to uphold the dismissal of the lawsuit, which the group Children’s Rights filed in 2010 against then-DCF commissioner Angelo McClain, Governor Deval Patrick, and JudyAnn Bigby, then head of the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, alleging negligent care of youths in DCF custody, court records show.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.