Oklahoma Quake Lawsuit Against Oil Company Moves to Class-Action Status

July 30, 2018

Central Oklahoma residents won’t get a trial this fall for a case against an oil company accused of triggering earthquakes that damaged homes and buildings.

The Journal Record reports that a Cleveland County judge outlined rules for the class-action case that Jennifer Lin Cooper brought against New Dominion LLC. The judge issued a journal entry July 13 on the limited class certification, which allows the defendant to begin an appeal process.

The lawsuit alleges that New Dominion’s wastewater disposal operations caused a swarm of earthquakes in November 2011, including a magnitude 5.7 quake in Prague that affected more than 170 homes.

A trial was initially scheduled for September, but Cooper had told the judge earlier she’d agree to remove the trial if her case was certified.

Cooper, of Prague, filed the suit against Tulsa-based New Dominion and Spess Oil Co. of Cleveland, Okla., along with 25 unnamed companies in February 2015. She sought class-action status for people in Lincoln County and eight surrounding counties whose homes were damaged by earthquakes.

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