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Okla. Supreme Court upholds $10 million wrongful death ruling against BNSF Railway; Train collided with man's vehicle in 2008

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 9, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a trial court judgment in a suit over wrongful death allegations after a man was killed when a BNSF train collided with his vehicle.

Sierra Club scores win in fight with Oklahoma commission over installation of pollution-control devices

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – The Sierra Club has scored a win in its fight with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the commission lacked authority to approve the installation of pollution-control devices at a power plant.

Lawyers return with lawsuit blaming Okla. earthquakes on fracking industry

By John O'Brien | Sep 15, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - A lawsuit that blames the fracking industry for increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma is back.

Oklahoma high court rules that doctors need patient consent before using non-doctor surgery assistants

By Todd Barnett | Jul 5, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – In a decision issued June 20, the Oklahoma Supreme Court voted unanimously that surgeons should seek patient consent before using non-doctors to assist with a surgery.

Oklahoma SC refuses to wade into lawsuit over Syrian-born man’s baptism

By Jessica Karmasek | Mar 14, 2017

The state’s high court, in its Feb. 22 ruling, said per the church autonomy doctrine, it lacks subject matter jurisdiction.

Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds state's Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 14, 2016

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act in a case challenging the act’s constitutionality.

Sierra Club's legal theory in frackquake case draws 'Star Trek' comparison

By W.J. Kennedy | Apr 1, 2016

The Sierra Club and Public Justice are taking a novel approach in citing the Resource Conservation and Recovering Act in a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma, according to several industry and environmental attorneys

Frackquake lawsuits present PR dilemma for industry, evidence hurdle for plaintiffs

By W.J. Kennedy | Mar 28, 2016

The negative publicity surrounding lawsuits alleging the oil and gas industry are responsible for earthquakes in Oklahoma is likely to cause more damage than the outcome of any of the suits - despite the plaintiffs' challenge of finding evidence tying fracking to the surge in activity.

Okla. SC to hear challenge over new workers' comp law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 26, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide whether the state's workers' compensation reform, signed into law six months ago, is constitutional.

Okla. lawmakers send two dozen tort reform bills to governor following five-day session

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 10, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday applauded state lawmakers for quickly passing a series of measures to rewrite Oklahoma's tort reform system.

Report: Fixing Okla. tort reform law could take 28 bills, more than a week in special session

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 26, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- It likely will take more than two dozen bills to rewrite Oklahoma's tort system, state lawmakers say.

Okla. gov. calls special session to deal with lawsuit reform law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order Monday, calling for a special session of the state legislature to begin Sept. 3.

Head of legal reform institute says Okla. lawmakers need to address lawsuit reform law now

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform says it is "vital" that Oklahoma lawmakers work quickly to address a recent state Supreme Court ruling that invalidated its lawsuit reform law.

Tort reform group critical of Okla. SC ruling striking down lawsuit reform law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The American Tort Reform Association last week called out the Oklahoma Supreme Court for deeming the state's lawsuit reform law unconstitutional.

Report: Okla. SC tosses lawsuit reform law, deems it unconstitutional

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 4, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's lawsuit reform law, adopted in 2009, is unconstitutional.

Okla. AG wants SC action on water rights

By Bryan Cohen | Feb 14, 2012

Pruitt OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a lawsuit on Friday requesting that the Oklahoma Supreme Court begin stream adjudication to determine the rights for water in three major southeastern Oklahoma streams.

Okla. SC: Couple's status as investors not subject to full trial

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 20, 2011

Edmondson OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court said last week there is no disputing a couple's status as "non-innocent" investors in various check-kiting and Ponzi schemes.

Bank ordered to repay $7M to Tulsa

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 14, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Bank of Oklahoma must repay more than $7 million to the city of Tulsa.

Pruitt says governor's husband can continue legal work

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 19, 2011

Pruitt OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, in an opinion released last week, said Gov. Mary Fallin's husband can continue to provide legal services for the University of Oklahoma and the state's workers' compensation agency.

Okla. SC: Common law wife entitled to death benefits

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 3, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a ruling last month, said a common law wife's status as surviving spouse was sufficient to establish her entitlement to death benefits under the state's Workers' Compensation Act.

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