Oklahoma Supreme Court Decisions 2015

Gowens v. Barstow  
Date: December 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 85
Docket Number: 112309

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, a paramedic supervisor, defendant Ethan Barstow collided with a vehicle driven by the plaintiff-appellee Elizabeth Gowens resulting in damage to both vehicles and injury to Gowens. At the time of the collision,...

Multiple Injury Fund v. McCauley  
Date: December 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 84
Docket Number: 112785

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant John McCauley sought permanent total disability benefits from the Multiple Injury Trust Fund for three separately adjudicated cumulative trauma injuries. The Workers' Compensation Court found Claimant was a phys...

MULTIPLE INJURY TRUST FUND v. BAILEY
Date: December 14, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 83
Docket Number: 112575
MEYER v. SMITH
Date: December 14, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 86
Docket Number: 114409
Serra v. Estate of Broughton  
Date: December 8, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 82
Docket Number: 112622

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case was whether the plaintiff-appellant Sandra Vilarrubias Serra was covered under the uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) and medical payments (medical pay) coverage of the automobile insurance polic...

Kenkel v. Parker  
Date: November 24, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 81
Docket Number: 109832

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Parker was allegedly injured on the job. It was undisputed that Global Health Initiative (GHI), which at one time employed Parker, did not have workers' compensation insurance. Parker filed a workers' compensation...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. BILLINGS
Date: November 24, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 80
Docket Number: SCBD-6324
Multiple Injury Trust Fund v. Sugg  
Date: November 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 78
Docket Number: 112804

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant Viola Sugg sought permanent total disability benefits from the Multiple Injury Trust Fund. The Workers' Compensation Court held that claimant's combined injures did not constitute permanent total disability and...

Ramey v. Sutton  
Date: November 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 79
Docket Number: 113778

Justia Opinion Summary: Same sex couple planned to have a child and co-parent. Upon the termination of their relationship and following almost ten years of co-parenting, the biological mother denied plaintiff's status as a parent and sought to...

ANDERSON v. MULTIPLE INJURY TRUST FUND
Date: November 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 76
Docket Number: 111991
HIATT v. MULTIPLE INJURY TRUST FUND
Date: November 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 77
Docket Number: 112792
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. ROBINSON
Date: November 12, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 75
Docket Number: SCBD-6318
McGinnity v. Kirk  
Date: November 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 73
Docket Number: 110212

Justia Opinion Summary: The Kirks purchased a house in Osage County from Buel and Peggy Neece in 1987. The Kirks signed a Contract for Deed that required monthly payments of $400 to the Neeces. In 1998, the Neeces sold their property to Thomas...

Krug v. Helmerich & Payne, Inc.  
Date: November 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 74
Docket Number: 113092

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal was one of many concerning natural gas wells operated from 1978 to 1998 in Beckham County, Oklahoma. In the immediately preceding appeal, the Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed a jury verdict for damages for bre...

IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF HENGES
Date: November 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 72
Docket Number: SCBD-6267
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF HIRD
Date: October 27, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 70
Docket Number: SCBD-6176
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. NICHOLS
Date: October 27, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 71
Docket Number: SCBD-6293
Agrawal v. Ok. Dept. of Labor  
Date: October 20, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 67
Docket Numbers: 111809, Consol. w/111837

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellees filed wage claim actions before the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL), alleging their employer had refused to pay their wages for a substantial period of time. The Department of Labor ruled in favor...

HOLLAND v. AGRAWAL
Date: October 20, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 68
Docket Number: 112316
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MILLER and STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. KIMBROUGH
Date: October 20, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 69
Docket Number: SCBD-6104
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. FARBER
Date: October 19, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 66
Docket Number: SCBD-6300
Ball v. Multiple Injury Trust Fund  
Date: October 13, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 64
Docket Number: 112122

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner-claimant Jeanette Ball sought permanent total disability benefits from the Multiple Injury Trust Fund. The Workers' Compensation Court held that a "Crumby" finding of preexisting disability made simultaneously...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. PARKER
Date: October 13, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 65
Docket Number: SCBD-6236
MADDOX v. SOONER COMPLETIONS, INC.
Date: October 12, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 63
Docket Number: 114189
Stockbridge Energy, LLC v. Taylor  
Date: October 6, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 61
Docket Number: 110816

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Stockbridge Energy, LLC brought suit against Jim Taylor, John Groninger, Jr., and Taylor Drilling Corp. in 2003, alleging, among other things, a breach of the parties' partnership and agreement for oil and gas...

IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF OGLE
Date: October 6, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 60
Docket Number: SCBD-6160
CLARK v. FARRIS
Date: October 5, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 62
Docket Number: 114157
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. KNIGHT
Date: September 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 59
Docket Number: SCBD-6262
Edwards v. Bd. of Cty. Commr's.  
Date: September 22, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 58
Docket Number: 113697

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oklahoma Supreme Court's review centered on a dispute between Defendants-Appellants The Board of County Commissioners of Canadian County and certain citizens and officers of Canadian...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. NICHOLS
Date: July 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 57
Docket Number: SCBD-6293
Fargo v. Hays-Kuehn  
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 56
Docket Number: 111416

Justia Opinion Summary: On July 25, 2008, Jason Patterson died at the scene when the southbound motorcycle he was driving at highway speed impaled onto the front driver side windshield of Merrill's northbound vehicle after it crossed into Patte...

Alexander v. Alexander  
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 52
Docket Number: 112579

Justia Opinion Summary: Both parties in this matter sought dissolution of their marriage on grounds of incompatibility. The wife informed the trial court that she was terminally ill and wanted to finalize the divorce before her death as she wis...

Dutton v. City of Midwest City  
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 51
Docket Number: 113170

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Rodney Dutton sought an extraordinary writ at the Oklahoma Supreme Court to challenge his convictions in three criminal proceedings in the municipal court for The City of Midwest City. He also requested an alt...

PRESCOTT v. OKLAHOMA CAPITOL PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 54
Docket Number: 113332
Ladra v. New Dominion, LLC  
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 53
Docket Number: 113396

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees operate wastewater injection wells in and around Lincoln County, Oklahoma, as well as other wells in central Oklahoma. Since approximately 2009, Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic increase in the frequency and...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. DEMOPOLOS
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 50
Docket Number: SCBD-6223
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. PITTS-CARTWRIGHT
Date: June 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 55
Docket Number: SCBD-6291
Jensen v. Poindexter  
Date: June 23, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 49
Docket Number: 112684

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oklahoma Supreme Court's review was whether the district court erred in sustaining a legal parent's motion to disqualify opposing counsel. More specifically, the question centered on...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. WARD
Date: June 23, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 48
Docket Number: SCBD-6102
IN RE OKLAHOMA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION
Date: June 22, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 47
WHITE v. VALIR PHYSICAL THERAPY
Date: June 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 41
Docket Number: 113634
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 46
Docket Number: SCBD-6272
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 45
Docket Number: SCBD-6273
IN THE MATTER OF D.S.H.
Date: June 11, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 42
Docket Number: 112701
ORDER AUTHORIZING ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC JURY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Date: June 11, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 43
IN THE MATTER OF E.E.
Date: June 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 37
Docket Number: 111605
IN THE MATTER OF J.M.
Date: June 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 38
Docket Number: 111606
In the matter of T.T.S.  
Date: June 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 36
Docket Number: 113326

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelly Jones was the biological mother of T.T.S. The State filed a petition seeking to adjudicate T.T.S. as a deprived child because the child "lacked 'appropriate parental care' and had been 'placed in threat of harm'" t...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. KERR
Date: June 8, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 40
Docket Number: SCBD-6222
Crownover v. Keel  
Date: May 26, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 35
Docket Number: 112728

Justia Opinion Summary: The question presented on appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in this case was whether an owner of real property received constitutionally sufficient notice of the sale of his property for delinquent taxes when notice w...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. FRIESEN
Date: May 26, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 34
Docket Number: SCBD-6178
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. OLIVER
Date: May 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 33
Docket Number: SCBD-6224
Benefiel v. Boulton  
Date: May 12, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 32
Docket Number: 111178

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Alan Benefiel and Christa Benefiel were divorced by a consent decree entered in 2005. Consistent with the terms of the parties' divorce decree, Plaintiff executed a quit claim deed, transferring title in the fo...

Walker v. BuildDirect.com Technologies, Inc.  
Date: May 5, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 30
Docket Number: 112075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals certified a question of Oklahoma law to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In April 2008, plaintiffs Shannon and Eric Walker requested several samples of hardwood flooring from BuildDirect.com...

In the matter of T.H.  
Date: April 28, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 26
Docket Number: 112291

Justia Opinion Summary: When T.H. was three, the parental rights of her mother were terminated. Within a year, T.H. was adopted. T.H. lived with her adoptive parents until she was 15 years old, when she disclosed that her adoptive father had be...

HAMM v. HAMM
Date: April 28, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 27
Docket Number: 113451
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. WINTORY
Date: April 28, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 25
Docket Number: 6119
REVOCATION OF CERTAIN CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: April 27, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 28
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. HASTINGS
Date: April 27, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 29
Docket Number: SCBD-6261
Frankenberg v. Strickland  
Date: April 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 23
Docket Number: 111865

Justia Opinion Summary: Taxpayers Don and Mary Frankenberg made improvements to their home in 2001. The Garvin County Assessor did not increase the fair cash value of the property for the improvements until 2012 when she visually inspected the...

Baby F v. Oklahoma County Dist. Ct.  
Date: April 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 24
Docket Number: 113527

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Baby F., through his attorney, requested that the Oklahoma Supreme Court assume original jurisdiction and issue a writ of prohibition forbidding the trial court from authorizing a change in his resuscitation s...

Schweigert v. Schweigert  
Date: April 14, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 20
Docket Number: 112483

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Denise Schweigert (Mother) filed a petition for dissolution of her marriage to Tony Schweigert (Father) and an application for a temporary order. Mother sought both temporary and permanent custody of the couple'...

REINSTATEMENT OF CERTIFICATE OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: April 13, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 21
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MANSFIELD
Date: April 13, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 22
Docket Number: SCBD-6103
Broom v. Wilson Paving & Excavating  
Date: April 7, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 19
Docket Number: 109813

Justia Opinion Summary: Wilson Paving & Excavating, Inc. was one of several subcontractors retained to perform services in connection with a renovation project at Sand Springs Memorial Stadium at Charles Page High School. Specifically, Wilson P...

In re: Detachment of Municipal Territory from the City of Ada  
Date: March 31, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 18
Docket Number: 112837

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the City of Ada, Oklahoma passed Ordinance No. 13-02 to annex certain real property, located in Township 3 North, Range 6 East of the Indian Base and Meridian, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, into its corporate city...

AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES OF OK v. DENTON
Date: March 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 31
Docket Number: 113655
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. RAYNOLDS
Date: March 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 17
Docket Number: SCBD-6161
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. ELIAS
Date: March 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 16
Docket Number: SCBD-6235
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. SULLIVAN
Date: March 30, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 15
Docket Number: SCBD-6244
Mariani v. Oklahoma ex rel. Oklahoma State Univ.  
Date: March 24, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 13
Docket Number: 112796

Justia Opinion Summary: The question this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was whether certain provisions of The Governmental Tort Claims Act (GTCA), specifically 51 O.S. 2011 sections 158(E) & 162(D), permitted the State of Oklaho...

REINSTATEMENT OF CERTIFICATES OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: March 23, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 14
Multiple Injury Trust Fund v. Cellino  
Date: March 10, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 12
Docket Number: 111760

Justia Opinion Summary: After being awarded benefits for injury and re-injury in 1997 and in 2000, claimant-respondent Anthony Cellino filed a request in 2003 for payment of principal and post award interest. He also sought certification for a...

Oklahoma ex rel. Harris v. 2011 Honda  
Date: March 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 11
Docket Number: 111777

Justia Opinion Summary: The State started forefeiture proceedings against a 2011 Honda following a drug arrest. Ashley Bickle was the titled owner of the car, and she was a passenger in the car at the time drugs were found. Craig and Pam Bickle...

IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF KERR
Date: March 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 9
Docket Number: SCBD-6158
SUSPENSION OF CERTIFICATES OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: March 2, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 10
Shepard v. Dept. of Corrections  
Date: February 24, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 8
Docket Number: 113033

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2005, petitioner Barbara Shepard was working for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections when she was injured. The Workers' Compensation Court found that Shepard had sustained a permanent partial disability. T...

Rouse v. Oklahoma Merit Protection Comm'n  
Date: February 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 7
Docket Number: 112637

Justia Opinion Summary: The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) terminated the employment of petitioner Chester Rouse after several years of evaluations of inefficiency, incompetence, and misconduct, and after three significant events which occurr...

Horton v. Hamilton  
Date: February 10, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 6
Docket Number: 112254

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff purchased a Life Fund 5.1, L.L.C. Capital Appreciation Bond from a company that subsequently filed for bankruptcy. More than two years after purchase, plaintiff sued the defendants for misrepresentations and om...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. DEMOPOLOS
Date: February 2, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 5
Docket Number: SCBD-6223
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. OLIVER
Date: January 26, 2015
Citation: 2015 OK 4
Docket Number: SCBD-6224
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