Oklahoma Supreme Court Decisions 2011

Jones v. Oklahoma  
Date: December 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 105
Docket Number: 107379

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-Appellant, Mary Roshawn Jones was a full-time classified employee of Defendant-Appellee Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA), working at the L.E. Rader Center (Center). Plaintiff was bitten by a spider…

McWilliams v. Comanche Cty. Bd of Comm'rs  
Date: December 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 103
Docket Number: 107932

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue before the Supreme Court was whether a governmental subdivision is equitably estopped from denying liability where it previously entered into an undisclosed oral contractual agreement regarding the maintenance…

Berman v. Laboratory Corporation of America  
Date: December 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 106
Docket Number: 107999

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-Appellant Sheila Yvonne Berman sought assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) to determine paternity and to collect child support. She alleged Herbert White, Jr. was the father of her…

West v. Pawnee County Bd. of Comm'rs  
Date: December 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 104
Docket Number: 108960

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Schreiner drowned in May of 1999 after driving into twelve feet of flood water covering a roadway in Pawnee County. Plaintiff-Appellee Charles West (her father) filed a wrongful death action as the personal…

Oklahoma State Chiropractic Indep. Physicians Assoc. v. Fallin  
Date: December 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 102
Docket Number: 109807

Justia Opinion Summary: Two chiropractors, Daniel Post, D.C., and Brad M. Hayes, D.C., and the Oklahoma State Chiropractic Independent Physicians Association (Chiropractors) filed an application requesting that the Supreme Court declare…

IN RE AMENDMENT TO 12 O.S. CH. 2, APP., RULES FOR THE DISTRICT COURTS
Date: December 12, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 101
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-86
Vargas v. Occupants of 3908 SW 24th St Oklahoma City  
Date: November 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 99
Docket Number: 108599

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Wsbaldo Valdez and Linda Vargas owned property in joint tenancy and neglected to pay the 2005 property taxes. In 2006, Appellee Mae Ouellette purchased the property at a tax sale and later applied for a tax…

Howard v. Nitro-Lift Technologies, LLC  
Date: November 22, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 98
Docket Number: 109003

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs-Appellants Eddie Lee Howard and Shane Schneider (Employees) entered an employment contract with Defendant-Appellee Nitro-Lift Technologies, L.L.C. For two years following termination, the contract prohibited…

In re Estate of Dicksion  
Date: November 15, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 96
Docket Number: 107295

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee/Counter-appellant, Archie Dicksion filed a petition for the probate of the holographic will of his brother. Subsequently, Thomas Powell asserted that he was a pretermitted heir of the deceased. With the family's…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. SCHRAEDER
Date: November 15, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 97
Docket Number: SCBD-5803
MICKLE v. WELLMAN PRODUCTS, LLC
Date: November 14, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 95
Docket Number: 107910
Reed v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank  
Date: November 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 93
Docket Number: 108044

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Eleanor and Robert Reed, Diane Martin and Meredith Farmer petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Civil Appeals' decision which upheld the trial court's determination regarding Appellee-Trustee…

In re Adoption of Baby Boy K.B.  
Date: November 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 94
Docket Number: 109333

Justia Opinion Summary: Prospective Adoptive Parents M.B. and V.B. and Baby Boy K.B. challenged a district court decision that denied the adoptive parents' motion to terminate the biological father's parental rights and petition for adoption.…

IN RE: RULES CREATING AND CONTROLLING THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: October 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 92
Docket Number: SCBD-4483
Thompson v. Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System  
Date: October 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 89
Docket Number: 107661

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners-Appellants Donald and Paula Thompson appealed a district court's decision that affirmed the Board of the Public Employees Retirement System's ruling to forfeit Mr. Thompson's retirement benefits earned in his…

Government Employees Insurance Co. v. Quine  
Date: October 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 88
Docket Number: 107876

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) sought a declaratory judgment against Defendants Jeffery and Tracie Quine and Amanda Watkins. GEICO filed suit following a demand from Defendants' attorney seeking…

Bowen v. Oklahoma Real Estate Appraisal Bd.  
Date: October 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 86
Docket Number: 108037

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue before the Supreme Court was whether the appearance of impartiality/conflict of interest in disciplinary proceedings before the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board (the Board) required invalidation of the…

IN RE: AMENDMENT TO THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT ON LEGAL INTERNSHIP
Date: October 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 91
Docket Number: SCBD-2109
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. PASSMORE
Date: October 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 90
Docket Number: SCBD-5745
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DIST. NO. 3 v. STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA TAX COMMISSION
Date: October 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 87
Docket Number: 109799
Kimble v. Kimble  
Date: October 18, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 85
Docket Number: 108081

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-Appellant Troy Kimble, brought a small claims action against his ex-wife and her daughter to recover certain property awarded to him following their divorce. He had previously filed a contempt citation which…

Depart. of Securities ex rel. Faught v. Wilcox  
Date: October 11, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 82
Docket Number: 109111

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Marsha Schubert, operating as "Schubert and Associates" (Schubert). Defendants Marvin and Pamela Wilcox were among the appellants in an earlier case that appealed…

City of Tulsa v. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A.  
Date: October 11, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 83
Docket Number: 109449

Justia Opinion Summary: The City Council of Tulsa decided to encourage the initiation of new direct nonstop airline service to business centers on the East and West coasts, and voted to approve a Memorandum between the Tulsa Industrial…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MOTHERSHED
Date: October 11, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 84
Docket Numbers: OBAD-1526, SCBD-4687
Evans & Assoc. Utility Svcs. V. Espinoza  
Date: October 4, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 81
Docket Number: 108017

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Ruben Espinosa sought permanent partial disability benefits for injuries to his hands, arms, and shoulders. The Workers' Compensation Court awarded benefits, but a three-judge en banc panel reduced the award…

FENT v. FALLIN
Date: September 26, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 100
Docket Number: 109770
In re Adoption of G.D.J.  
Date: September 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 77
Docket Number: 108889

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners-Appellees, Teryl Pearson and Robert Pearson (Pearsons) petitioned to adopt Teryl Pearson's (Pearson) grandson, G.D.J. The natural mother, Respondent-Appellant Tessia Bre Stubbs (Stubbs) contested the…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. LATIMER
Date: September 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 78
Docket Number: SCBD-5496
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF WHITWORTH
Date: September 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 79
Docket Number: SCBD-5667
LEFTWICH v. COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
Date: September 19, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 80
Docket Number: 109609
Wilson v. Fallin  
Date: September 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 76
Docket Number: 109652

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner State Senator Jim Wilson sought review of the State Senate Redistricting Act of 2011, pursuant to Section 11C, Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution. Petitioner alleged the Act does not comply with the…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. RUNNING
Date: August 17, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 75
Docket Number: SCBD-5737
ROGERS v. BAILEY
Date: July 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 69
Docket Number: 107542
Shull v. Reid  
Date: July 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 72
Docket Number: 109136

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Brian and Patricia Shull filed a medical malpractice action against Respondents Monica Reid, Andrew Elimian, Andrew Wagner, Eric Knudston and the OU Medical Center, alleging that doctors failed to properly…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. COX
Date: July 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 73
Docket Number: SCBD-5635
Lumber 2, Inc. v. Illinois Tool Works, Inc.  
Date: July 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 74
Docket Number: 106409

Justia Opinion Summary: J.P. Fox is co-owner and general manager of Lumber 2, which is a retail home and ranch supply store. Fox and some company employees attended the Handy Hardware Show, a trade show in Houston, Texas, in 2003. They stopped…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. HAYES
Date: July 6, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 71
Docket Number: SCBD-5646
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. WILCOX
Date: June 30, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 70
Docket Numbers: 6009, SCBD-5775
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. LEWIS
Date: June 28, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 63
Docket Number: SCBD-5763
Dilliner v. Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma  
Date: June 28, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 61
Docket Number: 109085

Justia Opinion Summary: Twenty three former tribal employees sued the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma for breach of employment contracts. The contracts contained a limited waiver of sovereign immunity. Tribal law requires that waiver of…

Oklahoma Publishing Co. v. Oklahoma  
Date: June 28, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 68
Docket Number: 108839

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Publishing Company (The Oklahoman) and World Publishing Company (Tulsa World) (collectively, Publishers), filed open records requests with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of State…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. CATHEY
Date: June 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 64
Docket Number: SCBD-5764
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: June 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 66
Docket Number: SCBD-5700
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MERRITT
Date: June 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 67
Docket Number: SCBD-5755
IN RE RULES CREATING AND CONTROLLING THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 27, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 65
Docket Number: SCBD-4483
TULSA INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY v. CITY OF TULSA
Date: June 21, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 57
Docket Number: 105460
ACOTT v. NEWTON & O'CONNOR
Date: June 21, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 56
Docket Number: 108433
Hamrick v. Oklahoma ex rel. Office of the Medical Examiner  
Date: June 21, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 60
Docket Number: 109249

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Matthew Hamrick sued Oklahoma for wrongs he allegedly suffered during his employment with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Plaintiff initially asserted seven claims against the State, grounded on both…

D-MIL PRODUCTION, INC. v. DKMT, CO.
Date: June 21, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 55
Docket Number: 99715
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 58
Docket Number: SCBD-5761
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 20, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 59
Docket Number: SCBD-5762
MAY v. OKLAHOMA BANK AND TRUST CO.
Date: June 14, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 52
Docket Number: 107707
Thomas v. Henry  
Date: June 14, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 53
Docket Number: 107201

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-Appellant Michael Thomas filed suit in district court seeking a declaratory judgment that H.B.1804, the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizens Protection Act of 2007, was unconstitutional. Plaintiff sued Brad Henry,…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. STRICKLAND
Date: June 14, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 54, 256 P.3d 76
Docket Number: SCBD-5664
Hubbard v. Kaiser-Francis Oil Co.  
Date: June 7, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 50
Docket Number: 105701

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Plaintiff-Appellant Vick Hubbard filed suit against Defendants Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, Texas Southwest Gas and GBK Corporation for breach of an oil and gas lease and a gas purchase contract. Pursuant to 12…

Smith v. Hines  
Date: June 7, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 51
Docket Number: 107198

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Plaintiff-Appellant Tracy Smith, an officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department, sought treatment from Defendant-Appellee Dr. Robert Hines after suffering problems with her left knee and hearing it "pop"…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MERRITT
Date: June 1, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 49
Docket Number: SCBD-5755
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF WAID
Date: May 31, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 48
Docket Number: SCBD-5659
Casey v. Casey  
Date: May 24, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 46
Docket Number: 106398

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Pamela Casey filed a petition for divorce in 2003. The district court entered a decree of dissolution and divided the marital property. Defendant William Casey appealed, and the appellate court remanded the…

Durham v. McDonald's Restaurants of Oklahoma, Inc.  
Date: May 24, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 45, 256 P.3d 64
Docket Number: 108193

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Camran Durham appealed a grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant McDonald’s Restaurants of Oklahoma, Inc. Plaintiff alleged that his supervising manager denied his three requests to take prescription…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. NOLAND
Date: May 24, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 47, 255 P.3d 424
Docket Number: SCBD-5747
HAWK WING v. LORTON
Date: May 17, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 42
Docket Number: 107930
PERME v. SOUTHERN CHEROKEE NATION OF OKLAHOMA
Date: May 17, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 40, 253 P.3d 1290
Docket Numbers: 109151, 109151; Cons. w/109162, 109162
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF TINCH
Date: May 16, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 43
Docket Number: SCBD-5710
IN RE: RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT ON LEGAL INTERNSHIP
Date: May 16, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 44
Docket Number: SCBD-2109
RE: AMENDMENTS TO RULES ON ADMINISTRATION OF COURTS
Date: May 12, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 41
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-35
Bailey v. Independent School Dist. No. I-29  
Date: May 3, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 37, 256 P.3d 57
Docket Number: 109031

Justia Opinion Summary: If funds are available, the Educational Leadership Oklahoma Act (Act) provides for bonuses to eligible teachers who attain national certification. In the past, the State Board of Education provided the full amount of…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. GORDON
Date: May 3, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 35, 255 P.3d 423
Docket Number: SCBD-5702
England v. Walters  
Date: May 3, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 36, 255 P.3d 421
Docket Number: 106644

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs-Appellees Raymond and Eva England sought the Supreme Court’s review of an appellate decision that dismissed their case. The appellate court reversed the trial court’s refusal to vacate a judgment that was…

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. TAYLOR
Date: May 2, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 39
Docket Number: SCBD-5716
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. WOOLVERTON
Date: May 2, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 38, 255 P.3d 419
Docket Numbers: OBAD-1843, SCBD-5696, SCBD-5696; OBAD-1843
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF DOBBS
Date: April 26, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 32, 256 P.3d 52
Docket Number: SCBD-5665
RE: REINSTATEMENT OF CERTIFICATES OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: April 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 33
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-29
RE: REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATES OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: April 25, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 34
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-30
ESTRADA v. PORT CITY PROPERTIES, INC.
Date: April 19, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 30
Docket Number: 107552
IN THE MATTER OF THE DEATH OF HYDE
Date: April 19, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 31, 255 P.3d 411
Docket Numbers: 108367, 108367; Consol. w/108374, Consol. w/108374
CITY OF OKLAHOMA CITY v. INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF FIRE FIGHTERS, LOCAL 157
Date: April 12, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 29, 254 P.3d 678
Docket Numbers: 109032, 109032; Consol. w/109036, Consol. w/109036
CLARK v. EDENS
Date: April 12, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 28, 254 P.3d 672
Docket Number: 108187
CRAIG v. CRAIG
Date: April 12, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 27, 253 P.3d 57
Docket Number: 106537
REYNOLDS v. IC OF OKLAHOMA, L.L.C.
Date: April 5, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 25, 250 P.3d 899
Docket Number: 107610
SHOLER v. ERC MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC
Date: April 5, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 24
Docket Number: 108024
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF METZ
Date: April 5, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 26
Docket Number: 106807
DAFFIN v. STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA DEPT. OF MINES
Date: March 29, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 22, 251 P.3d 741
Docket Number: 108084
GIRL SCOUTS-WESTERN OKLAHOMA, INC. v. BARRINGER-THOMSON
Date: March 29, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 21, 252 P.3d 844
Docket Number: 108676
IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE OKLAHOMA UNIFORM JURY INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUVENILE CASES
Date: March 29, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 23
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-24
MULFORD v. NEAL
Date: March 15, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 20
Docket Number: 108179
RE: AMENDMENTS TO RULES FOR THE OKLAHOMA COURT INFORMATION SYSTEM
Date: March 11, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 19
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-19
SENECA TELEPHONE COMPANY v. MIAMI TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
Date: March 8, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 15, 253 P.3d 53
Docket Number: 107431
HUTCHINGS v. HUTCHINGS
Date: March 8, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 17, 250 P.3d 324
Docket Number: 105981
PLANO PETROLEUM, LLC v. GHK EXPLORATION, L.P.
Date: March 8, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 18, 250 P.3d 328
Docket Number: 108174
RE: SUSPENSION OF CERTIFICATES OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: March 7, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 16
Docket Number: SCAD-2011-17
QUARLES v. PANCHAL
Date: March 1, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 13, 250 P.3d 320
Docket Number: 107159
DUNLAP v. MULTIPLE INJURY TRUST FUND
Date: March 1, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 14, 249 P.3d 951
Docket Number: 107353
ATKINSON v. GURICH
Date: February 22, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 12, 248 P.3d 356
Docket Number: 108783
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. LATIMER
Date: February 17, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 11
Docket Number: SCBD-5496
FENT v. HENRY
Date: February 15, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 10
Docket Number: 109026
WOODS v. PRESTWICK HOUSE, INC.
Date: February 8, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 9, 247 P.3d 1183
Docket Number: 108541
McMULLAN v. ENTERPRISE FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
Date: January 31, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 7, 247 P.3d 1173
Docket Number: 108241
THORNTON v. THORNTON
Date: January 31, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 6, 247 P.3d 1180
Docket Number: 107334
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. SMITH
Date: January 31, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 8, 246 P.3d 1090
Docket Number: SCBD-5615
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. EDWARDS
Date: January 25, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 3, 248 P.3d 350
Docket Number: SCBD-5641
ASSESSOR OF ROGER MILLS COUNTY v. UNIT DRILLING COMPANY
Date: January 25, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 4, 247 P.3d 1170
Docket Number: 107699
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. TAYLOR
Date: January 24, 2011
Citation: 2011 OK 5
Docket Number: SCBD-5716
CITY OF BROKEN ARROW v. BASS PRO OUTDOOR WORLD, L.L.C.
Date: January 18, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 1, 250 P.3d 305
Docket Number: 104015
ROTH v. MERCY HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Date: January 18, 2011
Citations: 2011 OK 2, 246 P.3d 1079
Docket Number: 104984
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