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Why You Should Consider Hiring Franden | Woodard | Farris | Quillin + Goodnight

  High caliber and intelligent lawyers, paralegals, and staff that have practical and common sense knowledge of best litigation practices; Well respected ethical lawyers with substantial experience in high profile and large loss matters; Services performed by lowest hourly rate personnel qualified for the task when appropriate; Technology such as video conferencing used to avoid …

New Oklahoma Statutes Effective November 1, 2014

Oklahoma has 186 new laws going into effect on November 1, 2014.  This article will address just the statutes we might routinely encounter. This summary hits the high points; there’s too many new laws to get into detail. HB 2372 – prohibits employers from requiring access to personal online social media accounts of employees, from …

Codified Protections for Product Manufacturers, Sellers, & Distributors, 76 O.S. Section 57.2

On April 28, 2014, Oklahoma House Bill Number OK547HB 3365 (“HB 3365”) passed. The new statute relates to product liability actions, will be codified at 76 O.S. § 57.2, and becomes effective November 1, 2014. The statute will likely be considered substantive and only apply to claims accruing after November 1, 2014. The statute provides …

Jason Goodnight & Jeremy Ward Trial Victory

Jason Goodnight and Jeremy Ward successfully defended a national trucking company during a weeklong trial in the Western District of Oklahoma, federal court. Plaintiff alleged severe, permanent, and disabling injuries. During the prosecution of his claim, Plaintiff’s injuries and damages were supported by five expert witnesses. Plaintiff’s verdict request was in excess of $5,000,000. Ultimately, …

2014 Best Lawyers of America

The 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers of America recognized Joe Farris in Legal Malpractice Defense and John Woodard in Personal Injury Defense & Product Liability Defense.  Congratulations to Joe and John!

Oklahoma Amends Discovery Statute

OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE AMENDS DISCOVERY STATUTE House Bill 3375 becomes effective November 1, 2014.  It is procedural in nature, so it will immediately apply in all cases on November 1, 2014, regardless of when they were filed or when the cause of action accrued. House Bill 3375 amends 12 O.S. § 3226(A)(1) by including that parties …

Amended and Revised Oklahoma Civil Jury Instructions

On March 23, 2014 the Oklahoma Supreme Court, based on recommendations by the Oklahoma Supreme Court Committee for Uniform Civil Jury Instructions, adopted 43 new or revised uniform civil jury instructions. In Re: Amendments to the Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions, 2014 OK 17.  The Opinion was not immediately released for publication to allow 30 days …

Sisemore Named to Lawyers of Color’s 2014 Hot List – Southwest Region

Alexander J. Sisemore, an associate at Franden Woodard, has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners.  The list is comprised of attorneys from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Arkansas.   Franden …

Fellows of Litigation Counsel of America

John Woodard and Paula Quillin were recently named Fellows of Litigation Counsel of America which is comprised of only about 50 other Oklahoma lawyers.  LCA is an honorary society composed of less than one half of one percent of American Lawyers. LCA’s mission is to advance superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of …

Oklahoma’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014

Jeremy Ward was selected for inclusion as one of Oklahoma’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014 presented by Legal Leaders.  Congratulations to Jeremy.

Rational Use of Product Act – Proposed Oklahoma Legislation

Proposed legislation is before the Oklahoma Senate pertaining to product liability claims in Oklahoma. The proposed legislation, if enacted, would provide further protections for product manufacturers. The “Rational Use of a Product Act,” would include the following provisions: A seller is not liable in a civil action for harm caused by unreasonable misuse of its …