Oklahoma Supreme Court Decisions 2020

RE OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER JOB DESCRIPTION
Date: December 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 111
In re Marriage of Rader  
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 106
Docket Number: 118344

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oklahoma Supreme Court's review centered on a child custody dispute between divorced parents where divorce actions were filed in two different states at different times. Petitioner-A...

Johnson v. CSAA General Insurance Co.  
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 110
Docket Number: 118689

Justia Opinion Summary: Tokiko Johnson's real property was damaged in a storm and she filed a claim with her insurance company. Johnson also executed an assignment of her insurance claim for the purpose of repairing the property with the execut...

RE INTERPRETER FEES
Date: December 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 107
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF CRONKHITE
Date: December 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 109
Docket Number: SCBD-6905
Thurston v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.  
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 105
Docket Number: 118636

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2020, summary judgment was entered in favor of defendant State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. (State Farm) against its insured, plaintiff Eric Thurston. In 2012, Thurston first obtained automobile liabil...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. JANZEN
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 98
Docket Number: SCBD-6903
ARVIZU v. DAVID STANLEY OF NORMAN
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 99
Docket Number: 117583
CITY OF OKLAHOMA CITY v. BALKMAN
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 104
Docket Number: 118950
RE AUTHORIZATION OF ELECTRONIC DOCKETS FOR CASE TYPES CJTD AND CJAD
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 101
RE AUTHORIZATION OF CASE TYPES IP AND REF
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 102
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. ROBINSON
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 100
Docket Number: SCBD-6982
Harrison v. Oklahoma Police Pension & Retirement System  
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 91
Docket Number: 116681

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, police officer Randy Harrison, joined the Del City Police Department in 1995. He joined the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System. Both he and his employer made the statutorily required contributions t...

Shawreb v. SSM Health Care of Oklahoma  
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 92
Docket Number: 117633

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a negligence action based upon the alleged acts of defendants when one of the plaintiffs was staying in a hospital after surgery and received a burn from spilled hot water. The district granted defendant...

In the Matter of the Estate of Fulks  
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 94
Docket Number: 118314

Justia Opinion Summary: After decedent Charles Fulks died, his wife, petitioner-appellee Dorothy Fulks, filed the probate of his estate in the District Court of Nowata County, Oklahoma. An heir at law-appellant, the decedent's daughter, Tammy M...

Revolution Resources, LLC v. Annecy, LLC  
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 97
Docket Number: 118708

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellee Revolution Resources, LLC, (Revolution), an oil and gas well operator, filed an action under the Oklahoma Surface Damages Act (SDA), to Appoint Appraisers. In February 2018, Revolution acquired and bec...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. PISTONIK
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 93
Docket Number: SCBD-6859
RE AMENDMENT TO DISPOSITION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
Date: November 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 95
Comanche Nation v. Coffey  
Date: November 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 90
Docket Number: 117267

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Comanche Nation of Oklahoma ex rel. Comanche Nation Tourism Center, filed a lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that defendant-appellant Wallace Coffey was indebted to it for the amount of the outs...

White Star Petroleum v. MUFG Union Bank  
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 89
Docket Number: 118746

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma certified two questions of state law to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. White Star Petroleum, LLC, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary, White Star Pe...

In the Matter of the Estate of Foresee  
Date: October 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 88
Docket Number: 118599

Justia Opinion Summary: Dayna Foresee (Dayna) and Thomas Allen Foresee (Decedent) were married for thirty-nine years. The record was unclear as to precisely when the parties separated, but Dayna moved out of the parties' marital residence in Eu...

Sutton v. David Stanley Chevrolet  
Date: October 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 87
Docket Numbers: No. 117587, Comp. w/117588

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, plaintiff-appellee Isaac Sutton went shopping for a vehicle at the defendant-appellant David Stanley Chevrolet, Inc.'s (hereafter DSC) car dealership. He agreed to purchase a 2016 Chevy Silverado on credit and h...

Oklahoma, ex rel. Comm'rs of Land Office v. Stephens & Johnson Operating Co., Inc.  
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 84
Docket Number: 116229

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant operating company, Stephens & Johnson Operating Company (Operator), requested an award of attorney fees and costs in this case brought under the Oklahoma Surface Damages Act. Operator claimed it was entitled to...

Purcell v. Parker  
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 83
Docket Number: 118328

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners and respondents owned real property in McClain County, Oklahoma, containing and abutting Colbert Lake (the Lake). Petitioners also owned real property containing Colbert Creek, which was the sole source of wa...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. LEVISAY
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 86
Docket Number: SCBD-6827
IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF R.B.
Date: October 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 85
Docket Number: 117574
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. KHUU
Date: October 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 82
Docket Number: SCBD-6946
Toch, LLC v. City of Tulsa  
Date: September 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 81
Docket Number: 118682

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant the City of Tulsa (City), passed an ordinance creating a tourism improvement district that encompassed all properties within City which had hotels or motels with 110 or more rooms available for occupancy. Plain...

In re: Adams  
Date: September 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 80
Docket Number: 118735

Justia Opinion Summary: Boardman, LLC, a custom heavy metal fabricator, employed Debtor Eddie Joe Adams as a sales representative for approximately 33 years. Adams and his employer entered into an Employment Agreement in 2013 (Original Agreemen...

IN RE STATE QUESTION No. 813, INITIATIVE PETITION No. 429
Date: September 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 79
Docket Number: 118733
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF SIEGEL
Date: September 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 77
Docket Number: SCBD-6908
IN RE AMENDMENT OF RULE TWO OF RULES GOVERNING ADMISSION TO PRACTICE OF LAW
Date: September 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 78
Docket Number: SCBD-6961
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. FAULK
Date: September 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 76
Docket Number: SCBD-6974
Whipple v. Phillips & Sons Trucking  
Date: September 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 75
Docket Number: 118360

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Sharla Whipple's twenty-three year old, unmarried son lost his life in a work related accident. Under the Workers Compensation Act, only a spouse, child, or legal guardian could file a Workers Compensation dea...

BIANTRAV CONTRACTOR LLC v. CONDREN
Date: September 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 73
Docket Number: 118945
RE REINSTATEMENT OF CREDENTIAL OF REGISTERED COURTROOM INTERPRETER
Date: September 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 74
Cole v. Oklahoma ex rel. Dept. of Public Safety  
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 67
Docket Number: 117424

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Michael Cole appealed a district court order remanding a driver's license revocation proceeding for hearing following his due process challenge. Cole violated Oklahoma's implied consent law after his...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. GIERHART
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 72
Docket Number: SCBD-6848
IN THE MATTER OF THE STRIKING OF NAMES OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 68
Docket Number: SCBD-6799
IN THE MATTER OF THE STRIKING OF NAMES OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 69
Docket Number: SCBD-6800
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 70
Docket Number: SCBD-6971
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 71
Docket Number: SCBD-6972
ORDER RE SECRETARY-BAILIFF JOB DESCRIPTION
Date: August 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 66
KIESEL v. ROGERS
Date: August 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 65
Docket Number: 118919
Treat v. Stitt  
Date: July 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 64
Docket Number: 118829

Justia Opinion Summary: Through mediation efforts in connection with a federal lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Respondent, the Honorable J. Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma, negotiated...

In the Matter of L.M.A.  
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 63
Docket Number: 118136

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved three children and a district court's judgment finding the children were deprived and father's parental rights should be terminated. The children were taken into emergency custody in 2016. The mother h...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MAYES
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 62
Docket Number: SCBD-6934
IN RE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOC. ALTERNATIVE METHOD TO CONDUCT 2020 ANNUAL MEETING
Date: June 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 60
Docket Number: SCBD-6938
Independent School District # 52 v. Hofmeister  
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 56
Docket Number: 117081

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff School districts located in Midwest City/Del City, Enid, Ponca City, and Oklahoma City filed an action alleging they received insufficient State Aid payments for the years 1992-2014. The named defendants were:...

In re: State Question No. 807, Initiative Petition No. 423  
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 57
Docket Number: 118582

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, Respondents Ryan Kiesel and Michelle Tilley filed State Question No. 807, Initiative Petition No. 423 (SQ 807) with the Secretary of State of Oklahoma. SQ 807 proposes for submission to the voters the creation o...

In re: Initiative Petition No. 425, State Question No. 809  
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 58
Docket Number: 118665

Justia Opinion Summary: During the 2019 Legislative Session, the Oklahoma Legislature passed HB 2597. Prior to the passage of HB 2597, the Oklahoma criminal code provided it was unlawful to carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun without a lic...

GREENWOOD CENTRE, LTD v. NIGHTINGALE
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 59
Docket Number: 118860
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. EZELL
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 55
Docket Number: SCBD-6847
MILLER v. ELLIS
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 52
Docket Number: 118782
IN RE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF OKLAHOMA ON LICENSED LEGAL INTERNSHIP
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 53
Docket Number: SCBD-2109
UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION
Date: June 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 51
Signature Leasing, LLC v. Buyer's Group, LLC  
Date: June 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 50
Docket Numbers: No.115100, 115100

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Signature Leasing, LLC requested a declaratory judgment regarding a contract containing an arbitration clause which Plaintiff alleged that Defendants Buyer's Group, LLC and Williams & Williams Marketing Service...

RE COURT FUND EXPENDITURES FOR CIVIL TRANSCRIPTS
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 48
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. WILLIS
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 49
Docket Numbers: 6925, SCBD-6925
Sparks v. Old Republic Home Protection Co., Inc.  
Date: May 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 42
Docket Number: 115789

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted certiorari to address first impression questions of: (1) whether a home warranty plan met the definition of an insurance contract; (2) and if it was insurance, whether a forced arbitrat...

In re: Initiative Petition No. 426 State Question No. 810  
Date: May 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 43
Docket Number: 118685

Justia Opinion Summary: In October 2019, the Respondents-Proponents Andrew Moore, Janet Ann Largent, and Lynda Johnson filed Initiative Petition No. 420, State Question No. 804 (IP 420), with the Secretary of State of Oklahoma. The initiative m...

IN RE: INITIATIVE PETITION No. 426 STATE QUESTION No. 810
Date: May 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 44
Docket Number: 118686
IN RE: STATE QUESTION NO. 805 INITIATIVE PETITION NO. 421
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 45
Docket Number: 118774
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 36
Payne v. Kerns  
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 31
Docket Number: 116978

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, plaintiff-appellant James Payne pled nolo contendere to stalking in Case No. CF-2010-27 in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. He received a five-year deferment with special rules and conditions of probation. He was req...

In the Matter of K.H.  
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 32
Docket Numbers: 118035, Comp. w/118078

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Taylor and Cody Hudson (Hudson/parents) were arrested and charged with felony criminal child abuse in relation to the alleged abuse of one of Cody Hudson's sons. Subsequently, the State sought to terminate the...

RE RULES OF THE JUDICIAL ETHICS ADVISORY PANEL
Date: May 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 33
Farley v. City of Claremore  
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 30
Docket Number: 115400

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Shelli Farley, a surviving spouse of a former City of Claremore fireman, successfully obtained a death benefits award in the Workers' Compensation Commission. She then brought a District Court action for damage...

Rogers v. Estate of Pratt  
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 27
Docket Number: 117671

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted certiorari to address whether a child placed for adoption was a pretermitted heir under the terms of the will. The decedent, Judith K. Pratt, left her entire estate to her caregivers an...

Hamilton v. Northfield Ins. Co.  
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 28
Docket Number: 117707

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals certified two questions of law to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Billy Hamilton, a small-business owner in Council Hill, Oklahoma, filed a claim in December 2015 with his insurer, Northfie...

Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Foster OK Resources, LP  
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 29
Docket Number: 118185

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellee Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) operated two interstate natural gas pipelines that crossed property owned by Defendant-appellant Foster OK Resources LP (Foster). NGPL brought a conde...

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF OKLAHOMA v. ZIRIAX
Date: May 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 26
Docket Number: 118765
ORDER REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT
Date: May 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 22
Docket Number: 2020-38
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. GREEN
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 21
Docket Number: SCBD-6798
Metcalf v. Metcalf  
Date: April 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 20
Docket Number: 115743

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to address a question of first impression: whether the presumption that the intent of an interspousal transfer of real property constitutes a gift may be rebutte...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v JANZEN
Date: March 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 19
Docket Number: SCBD-6903
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. SIEGRIST
Date: March 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 18
Docket Number: 6825
IN RE RULES CREATING AND CONTROLLING THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 17
Docket Number: SCBD-4483
RE SUSPENSION OF CERTIFICATES OF CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTERS
Date: March 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 16
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF FLORES
Date: March 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 13
Docket Number: SCBD-6840
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF WATSON
Date: March 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 14
Docket Number: SCBD-6695
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. WILAND
Date: February 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 12
Docket Number: SCBD-6895
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. SMITH
Date: February 22, 2020
Citation: 2021 OK 8
Docket Number: SCBD-7008
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. HARROZ
Date: February 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 11
Docket Number: SCBD-6876
In re: Initiative Petition 420, State Question No. 804  
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 9
Docket Numbers: 118405, 118406

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents-Proponents Andrew Moore, Janet Ann Largent, and Lynda Johnson filed Initiative Petition No. 420, State Question No. 804 (IP 420), with the Secretary of State of Oklahoma. The initiative measure proposed to su...

IN RE: INITIATIVE PETITION No. 420 STATE QUESTION No. 804
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 10
Docket Number: 118406
In re The Estate of James  
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 7
Docket Numbers: 115514, 115516

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to address whether two children who were named beneficiaries in a will were pretermitted heirs. After Fred Franklin James, Sr.'s will was admitted for probate, t...

IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF HOLLAWAY
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 8
Docket Number: SCBD-6811
Duke v. Duke  
Date: January 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 6
Docket Number: 116221

Justia Opinion Summary: A husband and wife each requested sole custody of their minor child during divorce proceedings. Trial was held and following a hearing, sole custody of the parties' minor child was awarded to the father. Mother appealed....

Institute For Responsible Alcohol Policy v. Oklahoma ex rel. Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement Comm.  
Date: January 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 5
Docket Number: 118209

Justia Opinion Summary: Oklahoma Senate Bill 608 mandated that manufacturers of the top 25 brands of liquor and wine sell their product to all licensed wholesalers. Appellees, a group of liquor and wine wholesalers, manufacturers, retail liquor...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. MILLER
Date: January 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 4
Docket Number: SCBD-6687
RE RATE FOR TRANSCRIPTS PAID BY THE COURT FUND
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 2
IN RE RULES OF SUPREME COURT FOR MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
Date: January 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 OK 1
Docket Number: SCBD-3319
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