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1:44 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

OK Supreme Court Upholds Judgment Against Native Wholesale Supply

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a $47.7 million judgment awarded to the state over the sale of illegal contraband cigarettes.

The state's high court ruled Tuesday against Native Wholesale Supply, a company chartered by the Sac and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma. The state Attorney General's Office had requested the judgment be deposited into the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Fund.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court
12:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

OK Supreme Court Sides With OPEA

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reinstated an injunction that blocked the state Military Department from implementing a change in its employee classifications.

The state's highest court handed down the decision Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against the agency by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. The decision reverses the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, which last year reversed a temporary injunction ordered by Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton.

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Workers' Compensation
12:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Oklahoma Court Upholds CompSource Mutualization

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a plan to convert the state workers' compensation insurance agency into a mutual company.

The state's highest court handed down a decision Tuesday that affirms legislation adopted last year to convert CompSource Oklahoma into the CompSource Mutual Insurance Co. The new company would be organized under state law, but independent of the state. The change goes into effect on Jan. 1.

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School Shelters
5:59 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

School Shelter Supporters Ask Supreme Court For More Time

Petitions are completed Monday evening for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization. The group says it does not have enough signatures to put its petition on the ballot.
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The legal battle over the language that would allow Oklahoma voters to decide on a way to pay for tornado shelters in public schools was in court today, but it’s not known when there might be a ruling in the case.

Attorney David Slane, representing the group Take Shelter Oklahoma, told an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee that Attorney General Scott Pruitt missed his deadline to change the title of the group’s initiative petition.

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School Shelters
9:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

School Shelter Supporters Short On Signatures

Petitions are completed Monday evening for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization. The group says it does not have enough signatures to put its petition on the ballot.
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Listen to KGOU's in-depth report on the petition drive for Take Shelter Oklahoma.

Supporters of a planned state question for a $500 million state bond issue to help pay for school storm shelters say they are about 40,000 signatures short of what they need to place the question on the ballot.

Take Shelter Oklahoma steering committee member Mark Nestlen said Monday the group has collected about 120,000 signatures. To place the question on the ballot, the group needs signatures from more than 155,000 registered voters.

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Workers' Compensation
5:59 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Workers' Comp. Law

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state's new workers' compensation law.

The court handed down the ruling Monday, just one week after justices heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the law.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) authored the measure that changes the state's workers' compensation system to an administrative one.

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Workers' Compensation
1:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Hears Workers' Comp. Challenge

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Opponents of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law are asking the state Supreme Court to find it unconstitutional.

Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleges the law violates the state Constitution and should be struck down.

Two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization filed the lawsuit in September. The lawsuit says provisions of the new law would deny treatment and compensation to injured workers under certain circumstances.

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Oklahoma News
7:47 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Oklahoma High Court Takes OPUBCO Case Over Sealed Records

Oklahoma CIty Councilman Ed Shadid
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to take jurisdiction of a case by the parent company of The Oklahoman that seeks sealed divorce records of Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid.

The court said in a Monday order that the Oklahoma Publishing Company has the right to pursue records that a lower court sealed and that it is likely a similar case could arise again.

The court says the judge in the case agreed in 2007 to a joint motion by Shadid and his ex-wife to seal the record.

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10:16 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Chamber Memo Shows Proposals For Major Changes To State Courts

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The Journal-Record's M. Scott Carter reports on a plan by the State Chamber that might change the way Oklahoma selects its judges. The Chamber and some legislative leaders have been critical of the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling that a law changing the way lawsuits are filed and litigated in the state is unconstitutional.
A series of recommendations designed to make major changes in Oklahoma's judicial and tort systems will be reviewed by board members of the State Chamber of Oklahoma in December. The recommendations could then become part of the organization's 2014 legislative agenda, documents obtained by The Journal Record show.
Workers' Compensation
2:56 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Attorneys Argue Over Oklahoma Workers' Comp Lawsuit

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An attorney for two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization says Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Attorney John McMurry told a state Supreme Court referee Thursday that the law unconstitutionally delegates legislative powers and amounts to unconstitutional logrolling, or combining multiple subjects into one bill.

Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and attorneys for business groups defended the law and say it should be given a chance to work.

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