Tort

Liability of Component Part Manufacturer in Relation to Whole Product Manufacturer

Liability of Component Part Manufacturer in Relation to Whole Product Manufacturer A. Tort Claims 1. Generally A final product assembler who takes products manufactured by a number of companies to create an end product is ultimately responsible for the end product if it is defective and injures a plaintiff. However, the final product assembler is …

Enforceability of Pre-Liability Waivers (“Exculpatory Clauses”)

Enforceability of Pre-Liability Waivers (“Exculpatory Clauses”) – Although Oklahoma looks upon liability waivers with a somewhat jaundiced eye, such waivers can be valid if a series of conditions are satisfied. A. Main Cases and Limitations The Oklahoma Supreme Court has a history of recognizing pre-liability waivers, also called exculpatory clauses, in certain circumstances. See, e.g., …

Summary Judgment & Appeal Victory

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment for our clients in Rowell v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co and Frank Skupien. Congratulations to our clients and the lawyers who handled the case: Jeremy Ward, Emily Pearson, and Jennifer Ary. To briefly explain the case, during late 2012 and early 2013 AT&T …

Joe Farris & Michael O’Malley Trial Victory

Joseph Farris and Michael O’Malley of Franden, Farris, Quillin, Goodnight and Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently obtained a defense verdict in favor of Hogan Truck Leasing, Inc. in a 5-day jury trial in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. In the early morning hours of October 11, 2013 a truck driver for a large produce company drifted off the road and …

Jeremy Ward Obtains a Dismissal With Prejudice on Behalf of Client

Jeremy Ward represented a Defendant sued for allegedly causing a severe vehicle accident.  The case was initially filed in Tulsa County District Court, but Plaintiff later dismissed the claim for unspecified reasons.  Plaintiff timely re-filed in compliance with Oklahoma’s saving statute; however, Plaintiff failed to timely re-serve the Defendant.  Jeremy’s motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s re-filed …

Jeremy Ward Obtains a Dismissal In a Transportation Case

Jeremy Ward obtained a dismissal of his commercial driver client who allegedly caused a severe three vehicle accident injuring 4 people, one being a child. After the conclusion of discovery, Plaintiff dismissed the causes of action against Jeremy’s client. The dismissal was obtained without any payment to the Plaintiff.

2014 Franden Farris Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

“Super Lawyers” in Oklahoma are nominated by their peers, evaluated by researchers who review online databases and legal publications, and information supplied by lawyers. Candidates are grouped according to their practice areas, and a point system is used to determine the winning lawyers. Joe Farris is among the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Oklahoma. Paula …

Jeremy Ward Obtains Dismissals of Real Estate Malpractice Claims

In a professional malpractice claim, Jeremy Ward obtained a dismissal of a well-known Tulsa real estate company and its agents. After the conclusion of discovery, Plaintiffs realized the invalidity of a claim against the Defendants and dismissed their causes of action. The dismissals were obtained without any payment to the Plaintiffs.

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 …

2013 Franden Farris Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Eleven Franden Farris lawyers (85% of the firm’s practicing lawyers) are among Oklahoma’s Super Lawyers for 2013. “Super Lawyers” in Oklahoma are nominated by their peers, evaluated by researchers who review online databases and legal publications, and information supplied by lawyers. Candidates are grouped according to their practice areas, and a point system is used to determine …