Oklahoma Supreme Court Decisions 2021

Lane v. Progressive Northern Ins. Co.  
Date: June 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 40
Docket Number: 118638

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit certified a question of law to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on whether Progressive Northern Insurance Company's Underinsured Motorist (UM) Exclusion--which operated...

IN RE AMENDMENT OF RULE 1.21 OF OKLAHOMA SUPREME COURT RULES
Date: June 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 41
Immel et al. v. Tulsa Public Facilities Authority  
Date: June 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 39
Docket Number: 116999

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs-appellants, Craig Immel, Terry Young, Herb Beattie, and Ray Pearcey (collectively, "Taxpayers"), sought a declaratory judgment that Defendants-appellees, Tulsa Public Facilities Authority (TPFA) and the City o...

In the Matter of I.T.S.  
Date: June 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 38
Docket Number: 117827

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Iris Stacy (Mother) sought certiorari review of an unpublished opinion by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals (COCA) that affirmed the trial court's judgment terminating her parental rights to I.T.S., I.M.S., a...

MOORE v. HALEY
Date: June 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 37
Docket Number: 119435
In the Matter of K. H.  
Date: June 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 33
Docket Numbers: 118035, Comp. w/118078, 118035 Comp. w/118078

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Taylor Hudson (Mother) and Cody Hudson (Father) appealed a trial court's judgments terminating their parental rights to their biological children, K.H., C.H., E.H., and C.H. Both judgments were entered on sepa...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. FIELDS
Date: June 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 34
Docket Number: SCBD-6906
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 35
Docket Number: SCBD-7058
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 36
Docket Number: SCBD-7059
State ex rel. Okla. St. Bd. of Medical Licensure & Supervision v. Rivero  
Date: June 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 31
Docket Number: 118033

Justia Opinion Summary: A physician's professional conduct was examined by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. During the disciplinary proceeding a stipulated protective order was entered by the Board. The professional comp...

Highpointe Energy v. Viersen  
Date: June 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 32
Docket Number: 119385

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Highpointe Energy filed a quiet title action in Oklahoma against appellants the Viersens, and others. The disputed property concerned mineral interests from two different chains of title: one chain stemmed from...

Oklahoma State Medical Association et al. v. Corbett  
Date: June 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 30
Docket Number: 119357

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc., and Oklahoma Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics,...

Guzman v. Guzman  
Date: May 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 26
Docket Number: 117918

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s review was whether the Court of Civil Appeals properly applied the laws on parental rights in a dispute between a married couple regarding custody and visita...

Johnson v. Midwest City Del City Public Schools  
Date: May 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 29
Docket Number: 118088

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Appellant Darlene Johnson, a school cafeteria worker for the Midwest City Del City Public Schools, fell in the school parking lot sustaining injuries. Immediately prior to this fall, Johnson had walked off the e...

Morgan v. State Farm mutual Automobile Insur. Co.  
Date: May 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 27
Docket Number: 118881

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit certified two questions of law to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Plaintiff-appellant George Morgan was driving drunk and hit Jesse Atkins with his truck at more than...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. NICHOLS
Date: May 25, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 28
Docket Number: SCBD-6888
Howell's Well Service v. Focus Group Advisors  
Date: May 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 25
Docket Number: 117804

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted certiorari to address this first impression issue of whether the right to compel arbitration was waived when it is not raised as an affirmative defense in a responsive pleading. Plainti...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. BALINT
Date: May 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 24
Docket Number: SCBD-7056
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF ADRIANSE
Date: May 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 22
Docket Number: SCBD-7007
Strack v. Continental Resources  
Date: April 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 21
Docket Number: 117276

Justia Opinion Summary: The three questions before the Oklahoma Supreme Court in this case were: (1) whether Oklahoma's class action attorney fee statute, 12 O.S.Supp.2017, section 2023(G), allowed for the percentage-of-common-fund method in ca...

Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Norman  
Date: April 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 20
Docket Number: 119296

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2020, an Oklahoma district court granted summary judgment in favor of Fraternal Order of the Police, Bratcher/Miner Memorial Lodge, Lodge No. 122 on the Order's request for a declaratory judgment. After discu...

IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF WORK
Date: April 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 18
Docket Number: SCBD-6924
IN THE MATTER OF THE REINSTATEMENT OF MUNRO
Date: April 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 19
Docket Number: SCBD-6990
Oklahoma ex rel. Harris v. $325,080  
Date: April 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 16
Docket Numbers: 117737, Comp.w/116875

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2014, Tulsa police officers seized cash from the claimant-appellant Austin Hingey, pursuant to three search warrants relating to alleged drug sales. As a result of the seizures, the State filed three forfeiture...

In the Matter of the Estate of Downing  
Date: April 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 17
Docket Number: 118589

Justia Opinion Summary: A dispute arose concerning control over a deceased individual's remains. The trial court ruled that testimony regarding Decedent's purchase of a burial plot and gravestone in 1966 was adequate evidence of a written docum...

Bd. of County Comm'rs v. Assoc. of County Comm'rs of Okla Self-Insured Grp.  
Date: April 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 15
Docket Number: 118613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board of County Commissioners of Harmon County, Oklahoma, filed an action against the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma Self Insured Group (ACCO-SIG). ACCO-SIG sought to disqualify the Board's lawyers,...

FRAZIER v. BRUCE
Date: March 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 14
Docket Number: 119251
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. McBRIDE
Date: March 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 13
Docket Number: SCBD-7034
In the Matter of the Estate of Chester  
Date: March 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 12
Docket Number: 118018

Justia Opinion Summary: The decedent, Buddy Chester, wrote a holographic will leaving everything to his grandson, Brandon Strouder Chester. The will neglected to mention the decedent's son, Steven Chester and daughter, Lisa Martin. The son requ...

STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. NEWARK
Date: March 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 11
Docket Number: SCBD-6939
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. ROBINSON
Date: March 1, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 10
Docket Number: SCBD-6982
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. BURTON
Date: February 23, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 9
Docket Number: 6846
In the Matter of the Assessments for Tax Year 2012  
Date: February 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 7
Docket Number: 118243

Justia Opinion Summary: Property owners (taxpayers) appealed ad valorem tax assessments made during 2012-2015 to the Tulsa County District Court after their appeals to the Tulsa County Board of Equalization were denied. Taxpayers were successfu...

Warehouse Market v. Oklahoma ex rel. Ok. Tax Comm.  
Date: February 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 6
Docket Number: 118504

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellee Warehouse Market subleased a commercial building from defendant Pinnacle Management, Inc. The building was on federally restricted Indian land. Subsequently, defendant-appellant, Oklahoma Tax Commissio...

Claude C. Arnold Non-Operated Royalty Interest Properties v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.  
Date: January 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 4
Docket Number: 115807

Justia Opinion Summary: The dispute in this case centered on two oil-and-gas-producing formations known as the Chester and the Marmaton, located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. In 1973, Arnold Petroleum, Inc., the predecessor in interest to plainti...

Treat v. Stitt  
Date: January 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 3
Docket Number: 118913

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court previously declared that certain tribal gaming compacts the Oklahoma Executive branch entered into with the Comanche and Otoe-Missouria Tribes were invalid under Oklahoma law because the gaming...

Ezzell v. Lack  
Date: January 26, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 5
Docket Number: 119220

Justia Opinion Summary: Voters in the City of Enid presented a recall petition to City of Enid officials. The petition sought to recall plaintiff-appellant, City Commissioner Ben Ezzell for his support of a city wide mask mandate to combat the...

AMENDMENT OF RULES 3, 4 5 and 7 OF RULES GOVERNING ADMISSION TO PRACTICE OF LAW
Date: January 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 2
Docket Number: SCBD-7013
STATE ex rel. OKLAHOMA BAR ASSOCIATION v. JACK
Date: January 19, 2021
Citation: 2021 OK 1
Docket Number: SCBD-6896
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