Entries by Dave Rhea

An Overview of Oklahoma Product Liability Law

This scholarly article contains updated material concerning Oklahoma Product Liability Law. Phillips Murrah President and Director, Tom Wolfe co-authored the original article with former colleague, Chris Pearson, who is now a partner at the Law Firm of Germer, Beaman & Brown in Austin. The first update, which garnered a 2003 Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award from the Oklahoma […]

Technology: E-Discovery Under Rule 26

Published 3/16/2013 in The Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 84, No. 8 By Cody Cooper Under Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), opposing parties must now discuss e-discovery at least 21 days before a scheduling conference is heard or a scheduling order is due under Rule 16.1 Rule 26(f) also applies to […]

Director Bob Sheets featured in article about nursing home arbitration

Phillips Murrah Director Bob Sheets featured in the media as a source in a story by Oklahoma Watch investigative journalist, M. Scott Carter. The story, titled “Price of Admission to Nursing Homes: No Lawsuits,” is about nursing homes in Oklahoma that require arbitration agreements as part of the admission process. From the article: Oklahoma City […]

Affordable Care Act changes affect physicians

Gavel to Gavel, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Apr. 22, 2015. View G. Calvin Sharpe’s attorney profile here. The Affordable Care Act brought fundamental changes to the American health care system. One called evidenced-based care significantly affects how physicians are paid. I’ve represented many providers in malpractice actions […]

Possible summer effect on gas prices

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Apr. 17, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. Most consumers have assumed for years that gasoline prices will increase in the summer. New research from the Center for Economic Analysis suggests that this perception is false, and that […]

PM attorneys publish Oklahoma Product Liability Law article in Bar Journal

By Chris Pearson, Thomas G. Wolfe, Lyndon Whitmire and Cody J. Cooper The Oklahoma Bar Association published an update to an article “An Overview of Oklahoma Product Liability Law” in the April 18, 2015 edition of the Oklahoma Bar Journal.   SCHOLARLY ARTICLE: An Overview of Oklahoma Product Liability Law Any discussion of Oklahoma product liability law […]

Phillips Murrah receives Service Provider of the Year award at ASA-OK Denim & Diamonds Gala

On Saturday, April 28th, the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma held their 2015 Denim & Diamonds Awards Gala at the Oklahoma History Center. The gala recognizes excellence in the construction industry through the ASA-OK awards. Phillips Murrah was honored to receive the award for Service Provider of the Year. PM was one of 11 professional service […]

In the news: Director Terry Hawkins hired to help with school finance projects

Phillips Murrah Director Terry Hawkins was featured in the Claremore Daily Progress newspaper in relation to $2.4 million in building bonds being issued to build and renovate schools and related projects. In the story, “School board sets date for sale of building bonds,” reporter Mark Friedel wrote: The $2.4 million in building bonds is part of the […]

Firm supports Positive Tomorrows at Cork & Canvas event

Phillips Murrah sponsored Positive Tomorrows’ annual Cork & Canvas on Thursday, April 2 at the Oklahoma City Farmers’ Public Market. Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children and their families and prides itself on educating at-risk children by dedicating attention to their unique educational and social service needs. The event includes an evening of […]

Phillips Murrah celebrates Grand Opening of OCU Law School

On Friday, Mar. 27, Oklahoma City University School of Law held their grand opening ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City. On hand for the event were Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, host of ABC’s hit show, The Bachelor/OCU Law alumnus Chris Harrison and others were on hand to welcome OCU to […]

SCOTUS reverses lower court decision, Medicaid providers can’t bring injunction against Idaho officials

SCOTUS reverses a lower court decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.: Idaho residential care facilities sued the state for failure to implement higher reimbursement rates required by Medicaid which the Idaho legislature had not sufficiently funded.  The federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the facilities ruling that Idaho’s […]

In the news: Phillips Murrah President quoted in NewsOK clean energy article

Phillips Murrah President and Director, Tom Wolfe, is quoted in The Oklahoman regarding the Kingfisher wind project. NewsOK: Kingfisher wind project pauses some construction as Texas oil company questions locations by Paul Monies, Published: March 25, 2015 KINGFISHER — Apex Clean Energy has agreed to pause construction on part of its Kingfisher wind farm until more […]

Eminent domain raises questions when used on behalf of the private sector

Q&A from NewsOK: Phillips Murrah attorney Jennifer Ivester Berry discusses the what, when, how and why of eminent domain. View Jennifer Ivester Berry’s attorney profile page here. By Paula Burkes – Published: March 25, 2015 View the article at NewsOK.com here. Q: What is eminent domain? A: Eminent domain, condemnation, taking power — these words sound ominous […]

NewsOK Q&A: Healthcare data hacking likely to require new state laws

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: March 9, 2015 Click to see full story – Across the U.S., more state laws are likely for mandated encryption of health data Phillips Murrah’s Joshua Edwards discusses healthcare data hacking Hacking may bring more state laws, encryption of health data Q: How serious of a problem are healthcare data […]

Overcome obstacles to profiting from expiring patents

The recent increases in patent maintenance fees has led many patent holders to abandon an increasing number of patents because the cost of maintaining a large portfolio is becoming too high. Selling patents that are about to lapse is one option, however, doing so presents two primary concerns: lack of investment in expiring patents and […]

Phillips Murrah congratulates music venue The Criterion on groundbreaking

Phillips Murrah Director and Shareholder, Juston R. Givens, expresses congratulations to his clients as they break ground on The Criterion, a world-class music venue being constructed downtown Oklahoma City. “It’s great that there is a dedicated live music venue of this quality and calibur coming to Bricktown,” Givens said. “I’m extremely proud of these guys […]

Wind gets caught in political volley

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Feb. 13, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. Oklahoma’s cleanest and cheapest form of electricity comes from its own wind projects. Although our utilities don’t operate under a mandate, or what’s known as a renewable energy portfolio standard, […]

Online Evidence: Digital discovery during divorce

This Gavel to Gavel legal column was originally published in The Journal Record on Jan 28, 2015. By Nicholle Jones Edwards. View her attorney profile here. “Fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual,” Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren prophetically stated in 1963. Today, people use email, text messaging […]

Phillips Murrah announces new Directors for 2015

Tom Wolfe, managing director at Oklahoma City law firm, Phillips Murrah, announced that attorneys Nicholle Jones Edwards, Jennifer L. Miller, Jason M. Kreth and Candace Williams Lisle have been elected by the firm’s shareholders as new directors. Their appointments were made effective January 1, 2015, bringing the total number of directors in the firm to […]

Eyes on the contango play of 2015

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Jan 16, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. The plummet of the price per barrel of Brent crude oil has shocked nearly every major domestic and international producer. However, in the case of some energy companies and investors, […]