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PROSPECTIVE ADOPTIVE PARENTS SUE JAMES MEDLOCK AND ADOPTION AGENCIES, ATTORNEYS SAY

 PROSPECTIVE ADOPTIVE PARENTS SUE JAMES MEDLOCK
 AND ADOPTION AGENCIES, ATTORNEYS SAY
 SEATTLE, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender for the plaintiffs:
 Prospective adoptive parents, who lost between $20,000 and $30,000 each when three affiliated for-profit adoption agencies went broke, filed suit today in Pima County (Tucson), Ariz., against agency founder James Medlock, the adoption agencies, affiliated service organizations and agency lawyers.
 The class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of all prospective adoptive parents who had contracts with Southwest Adoption, Adoption Center of Washington and Adoptions of New England Inc.
 The agency attorneys and other affiliated corporations breached the duty of care owed to each of the prospective adoptive parents, including the duty to be aware of the availability of prospective adoptive children, to know and accurately represent the financial condition of the adoption agencies and to understand the duty to understand the nature of the expectations of the prospective adoptive parents. The preliminary statement of the complaint alleges that "Each plaintiff placed trust in the defendant because each was led by defendants to believe that the hope and dream of parenthood would be realized through the efforts and involvement of defendants. The frustration, delay and complexity of adoption created a pool of anxious and emotionally vulnerable parents-in-waiting who entrusted substantial sums of money, in many cases their life savings, to defendants." The complaint also alleges that the defendants knew or should have known of the anxious and vulnerable emotional state of the prospective adoptive parents and that defendants caused significant emotional injuries to plaintiffs when the defendants were unable to match prospective adoptive babies with parents and subsequently went broke. The complaint asks for unspecified special and general damages, including for mental and emotional suffering.
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 NOTE TO EDITOR: On Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m. an opportunity for the press to interview one of the prospective adoptive parents will occur at the offices of Michael Withey, Seattle. Michael Riikola will be available at that time in his office for an interview.
 /CONTACT: Michael E. Withey of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, 206-622-8000; or Michael Riikola of the Law Office of Michael Riikola, 602-230-0989/ CO: Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender; Southwest Adoption; Adoption Center
 of Washington; Adoptions of New England Inc. ST: Washington, Arizona IN: SU:


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