Oklahoma Supreme Court News

Oklahoma Supreme Court Tosses Non-Economic Damages Cap

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on April 23 struck down a state law that caps monetary damages for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits, the latest civil justice measure backed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to be invalidated by the state’s …

Oklahoma High Court Rejects Immediate Delay of Opioid Trial, Sets Hearing Date

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start of what is expected to be the first state trial in lawsuits accusing the companies of fueling an opioid epidemic. The court instead set a …

Oklahoma High Court: Rebates Still Available to Workers’ Comp Carriers, Self Insurers

If a recent ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court remains unchanged, the state’s tax authority may end up having to pay millions of dollars in rebates to workers’ compensation carriers and companies that self-insure for workplace injuries. In an unpublished …

Oklahoma’s High Court: Oil Company Can Be Sued After Worker Injury or Death

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. The state’s highest court struck down a state workers’ compensation law that exempted oil and …

Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns Ruling in Liquor Tax Lawsuit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that hundreds of restaurants in the state overcharged customers for mixed drinks. Lawsuits filed in 2011 by Tom Erbar and John Truel alleged restaurants overcharged by adding a 13.5 percent …

Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down State’s New Drunk Driver Law

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a new drunken-driving law that created a new program for first-time DUI offenders and abolished the appeals process for those trying to keep their licenses after a DUI arrest is unconstitutional. In 5-4 …

Oklahoma’s Medical Malpractice ‘Affidavit of Merit’ Law Ruled Unconstitutional

In an unpublished opinion decided Oct. 24, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a state law aimed at curtailing the filing of medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. The Court came to that conclusion in reviewing John v. Saint Francis Hospital, …

Part of Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Law Overturned by State’s High Court

A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned part of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation law concerning how workers are compensated for their on-the-job injuries. The court handed down the 5-3 decision with one recusal on Oct. 3 in a lawsuit filed by …

Oklahoma Waiting for Guidance on Workers’ Comp Opt Out Transition

There seems to be more questions than answers as to what happens next in the wake of the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s finding that the opt out portion of the state’s 2013 comprehensive workers’ compensation legislative overhaul is unconstitutional. That’s because …

New Scrutiny for Oklahoma Workers’ Comp System

Three years after passage of sweeping legislation that revamped Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system, courts are scrapping significant parts of the law in decisions that say the regulations violate the state constitution and do not provide adequate protection to workers. The …