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Jason Goodnight and Jennifer Ary Trial Victory

Jason Goodnight and Jennifer Ary obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death suit in Leflore County, OK.   Plaintiff claimed the Defendant, an gas producer, had overworked an employee which caused him to fall asleep at the wheel and become involved in a fatality...

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Cybersecurity Procedures – Protect Your Data

“Cybersecurity – the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.” Jeremy Ward is giving a presentation on Cybersecurity threats facing the construction industry to the ALFA International...

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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...

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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...

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Premises Liability in Oklahoma

Premises Liability in Oklahoma Landowner Premises Liability                     “Premises liability” refers to the “liability . . . of the owner/occupier of the premises where [an] injury occurs.”  Thomas v. E-Z Mart Stores, Inc., 102 P.3d 133, 136 (Okla. 2004).  An...

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Defamation of Private Individuals in Oklahoma

By Alex Sisemore An early decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court announced, “A man’s good name and reputation is his most valuable personal and property right and one that no man may wrongfully injure or destroy without being held accountable for.”  Dusabek v. Martz,...

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Oklahoma Tort Reform Update

Three different laws will go into effect November 1 and many of them will be of interest to insurance companies, defendants who face the possibility of large verdicts, and manufacturers who may be involved in products liability actions. Cap on non-economic damages....

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Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Basics

If a doctor, hospital, dentist, or other health care provider makes a mistake, can you sue him or her? Not necessarily. Medical malpractice involves matters of medical science and occurs when “those engag[ed] in the practice of the healing arts,” 76 O.S.2001, § 20.1,...

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Fraud Under Oklahoma Law

The elements of actionable fraud are: 1) a false material misrepresentation, 2) made as a positive assertion which is either known to be false or is made recklessly without knowledge of the truth, 3) with the intention that it be acted upon, and 4) which is relied on...

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