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Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group member Harry "Skeeter" Jordan discusses a recent lawsuit involving personal injuries sustained while working on an oil and gas rig site, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to hold the Oklahoma statute that caps recovery of noneconomic damages unconstitutional. Continue reading Gavel to Gavel: Will Legislature Respond to Decision?
The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently held that Oklahoma's cap on noneconomic actual damages violates the Oklahoma Constitution. Litigation & Trial Practice Group Chair Kevin D. Gordon discusses the arguments used to rule the decision unconstitutional, and the effects the ruling will have on tort reform legislation. Continue reading Major Decision Overturns Recent Legislation on Monetary Cap in Civil Injury Cases
Attorney Deric McClellan discusses Second Amendment audits, a new social media trend intended to assess the legality of a business owner's response to constitutional carry. Continue reading Social Media Abuzz Over Constitutional Carry Audits
Criminal Defense, Compliance & Investigations Practice Group Chair Sanford C. Coats discusses the recently issued Department of Justice guidelines for those under investigation for potential False Claims Act (FCA) violations, and details the steps companies can undertake to reduce FCA exposure. Continue reading Department of Justice Continues Trend of Providing Useful Guidance
Labor & Employment Practice Group member Evan Way discusses the increase in popularity among employers to use social media in background checks and the potential legal issues that could arise from viewing an applicant's social information. Continue reading Using Social Media in Background Checks can be Risky for Employers
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide three cases involving whether federal law protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Labor & Employment Practice Group Co-chair Randall J. Snapp details each case and discusses the impact that the Supreme Court's decision will have on federal discrimination laws. Continue reading Supreme Court to Decide Issues Important to LGBT Employees
Labor & Employment Practice Group Co-chair Adam W. Childers discusses how businesses are preparing to deal with employees and prospective employees permitted to use medical marijuana in their off hours Continue reading Weed at Work: Understanding the Rights of Employers and Employees
Labor & Employment Practice Group member Tanya S. Bryant explains the change in obligations and responsibilities for employers during each stage of the hiring process when making medical inquiries. Continue reading Some Medical Inquiries are Permissible During Hiring
Labor & Employment attorney Mary P. Snyder recently presented at the Southern Oklahoma Leaders Luncheon at the Ardmore Convention Center where she discussed the #MeToo movement and best business practices to avoid potential liabilities and litigation. Continue reading Litigator Presents Best Business Practices to Avoid Liability in ‘#MeToo Era’
Roger A. Stong, chair of the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group explains a new bill allowing benefit corporations to focus less on profits and more on public benefits and discusses how these corporations balance public good with shareholder needs. Continue reading Benefit Corps Balance Company Missions with Shareholder Needs