Frasier & Frasier v. Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court

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Frasier & Frasier v. Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court
1993 OK 108
859 P.2d 1098
64 OBJ 2835
Case Number: 81951
Decided: 09/16/1993
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

FRASIER & FRASIER, PETITIONER,
v.
THE OKLAHOMA WORKERS' COMPENSATION COURT, RESPONDENT.

ORDER

HODGES, Chief Justice.

[859 P.2d 1099]

¶1 Original jurisdiction is assumed and a writ of prohibition is issued to prohibit the Workers' Compensation Court from proceeding further in a dispute over which it lacks subject-matter jurisdiction. Title 85 O.S. Ch. 4, App., Rule 34. Rule 34 limits the Workers' Compensation Court to deciding two disputes regarding attorney fees: (1) identity of counsel of record and (2) the allocation of fees among successive counsel. The issue here involves a law firm's dispute over allocation of fees under a complex financial agreement between associated attorneys concerning a share of net profits in a multi-member law firm. The Workers' Compensation Court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction to determine the rights, relationships, and money due under such contractual arrangements now in litigation in a district court action. Subject to further modification by order of the District Court, petitioner law firm shall deposit all fees awarded by the respondent-court in a trust account whose distribution shall await the end or settlement of the dispute between affected counsel.

¶2 All Justices concur.