Oklahoma Supreme Court To Decide Prague Earthquake Lawsuit

Jan 26, 2015

The Oklahoma Supreme Court in 2015: Standing (Left to Right): Vice-Chief Justice Douglas L. Combs Justice James E. Edmondson, Justice Steven W. Taylor, Justice Noma Gurich. Sitting (Left to Right): Justice Joseph M. Watt, Chief Justice John F. Reif, Justice Tom Colbert, Justice Yvonne Kauger, Justice James R. Winchester
Credit Oklahoma State Courts Network

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has decided to consider whether two oil companies can be held liable for injuries a Prague woman suffered during a 2011 earthquake.

The lawsuit by Sandra Ladra of Prague is among dozens of lawsuits filed in the past several years across the country alleging oil and gas companies are responsible for earthquakes.

Similar lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed against energy companies in Arkansas and Texas.

The Tulsa World reports that a Lincoln County judge dismissed Ladra's case, but the Supreme Court decided on Dec. 2 to decide her appeal instead of referring it to the Court of Civil Appeals.

An attorney for one of the companies says the lawsuit, if successful, would cause energy companies to abandon wastewater disposal wells across the state.


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