Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Roth: The potential of offshore wind production

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 16, 2017. The potential of offshore wind production There have been so many exciting clean energy topics to cover lately that I want to circle back to one that was announced in late summer. […]

Phillips Murrah rowing team competes 2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Phillips Murrah’s rowing team Law & Oarder completed the Fall 2017 season by placing third in the annual regatta competition. The team competed on Oct. 6 at the 2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival held at the OKC Boathouse District in the advanced league and achieved a 500-meter run of 2:16.688. “It’s always a great way to make sure I get outside and enjoy […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2017 Super Lawyers

Twenty Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Seven attorneys of them under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained […]

Roth: Energy policies should communicate Oklahoma is open for business

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 9, 2017. Energy policies should communicate Oklahoma is open for business Oklahoma wind’s positive impacts on our state are well-documented: more than $12.3 billion invested, more than 8,000 home-grown jobs and $22 million paid […]

Firm selects September Employee of the Month

Deena Baker, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employees of the Month for September 2017. “It is an honor to be selected as Employee of the Month,” she said. “One of the best decisions I have ever made was joining the Phillips Murrah team a little over nine years ago. Wow, has time flown! “I have […]

Sharp spike in EEOC lawsuits

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 5, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Director Byrona J. Maule Fall is a time of change. But this fall, the transition from summer isn’t the only change we’re experiencing. This fall has also brought extraordinary action from the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Roth: National Clean Energy Week

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 2, 2017. National Clean Energy Week Friday marked the end of the inaugural National Clean Energy Week. The brainchild of several energy groups and associations, the idea is to give clean energy the attention […]

NewsOK Q&A: Feds paid $60 million in ‘improper’ Medicare payments last year

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: September 29, 2017 Click to see full story – Feds paid $60 million in ‘improper’ Medicare payments last year Click to see Mary Holloway Richard’s attorney profile Q: In 2016 the federal government paid out $60 million in “improper payments” to Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. What are improper payments? […]

Phillips Murrah named Best Place to Work by Journal Record

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that our Firm has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by The Journal Record. “We are excited to be recognized as being one of the Best Places to Work,” said Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner, Tom Wolfe. “We take pride in providing […]

Phillips Murrah welcomes new litigation attorney

Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Mark E. Hornbeek to our Firm. Phillips Murrah welcomed Mark to the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group as an associate attorney. As a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Law, Mark earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure I, Torts I and Criminal Law. He served […]

Roth: When ‘America First’ meets American solar energy

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on September 25, 2017. When ‘America First’ meets American solar energy The plot thickens in the Suniva and SolarWorld case before the International Trade Commission. On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that imported solar panels and […]

EEOC sues Dependable Health Services for disability discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 BALTIMORE – Dependable Health Services, Inc., a health care staffing agency, violated federal law when it fired an employee with sickle-cell anemia instead of reinstating her or reassigning her to a position in another department where she had previously worked, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a […]

Life University sued by EEOC for race discrimination, retaliation

Published on September 22, 2017 ATLANTA – Life University, Inc., the largest chiropractic college in the United States, located in Marietta, Ga., violated federal law when it treated two black employees differently because of their race and then fired them for complaining about the discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a […]

Lincoln Cemetery sued by EEOC for retaliation

Published on September 22, 2017 ATLANTA – Lincoln Cemetery, Inc., an Atlanta corporation specializing in interment arrangements, violated federal law when it fired an employee because she participated in an EEOC investigation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it recently filed. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Peggy Knox had worked […]

EEOC sues Illinois Action for Children for disability discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 CHICAGO – Illinois Action for Children fired an employee who was on leave receiving treatment for breast cancer rather than granting her request for additional leave for more treatment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed Aug. 28. Such alleged conduct violates under the […]

EEOC sues Maritime Autowash for race and national origin discrimination, retaliation

Published on September 22, 2017 BALTIMORE – Maritime Autowash, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected a class of workers to a hostile work environment and disparate treatment based on their race and national origin (Hispanic) at its Edgewater, Md., facilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced Aug. […]

EEOC sues Estee Lauder for sex discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 PHILADELPHIA—Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, violated federal law when it implemented and administered a paid parental leave program that automatically provides male employees who are new fathers lesser parental leave benefits than are provided […]

EEOC sues Pizza Studio restaurant owner for violating Equal Pay Act

Published on September 22, 2017 ST. LOUIS – A Delaware company that until recently operated a Pizza Studio restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., and still owns other restaurants nationwide, violated federal law by withdrawing job offers from two teens after the woman complained about being offered less pay than her male friend, the U.S. Equal […]

Denton County sued by EEOC for discrimination under the Equal Pay Act

Published on September 22, 2017 DALLAS – Denton County, Texas violated the Equal Pay Act by paying lesser wages to a female clinician than it paid to a male physician performing the same job, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Sept. 6. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Dr. Martha […]

EEOC sues Blood Bank of Hawaii for disability discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 HONOLULU, Hawaii – Blood Bank of Hawaii violated federal law when it refused to provide reasonable accommodations for and then fired employees who required additional leave time for their disabilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Sept. 7. The EEOC contends that Blood Bank […]

EEOC sues Tarr and Zenith for pregnancy discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 SAN DIEGO — Tarr, Inc. and Zenith, LLC, a San Diego-based company that sells dietary supplements, violated federal law when it fired an employee within days of learning of her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed Sept. 7. According to EEOC’s […]

JL Schwieters Construction to pay $125,000 to settle EEOC race harassment lawsuit

Published on September 22, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS – A Hugo, Minn., construction company will pay $125,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced Sept. 8. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that JL Schwieters Construction, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected two black employees to […]

EEOC sues Golden Corral for disability, sexual harassment

Published on September 22, 2017 Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral restaurant in Matthews, N.C., discriminated against an employee with a disability when it subjected him to a hostile work environment based on both his disability and his sex (male), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on Sept. […]

Massimo Zanetti sued by EEOC for sexual harassment, retaliation

Published on September 22, 2017 ORFOLK, Va. —Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Inc. violated federal civil rights law when it failed to stop sexual harassment of a female employee and then fired her because she complained about the harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on Sept. 19. According to […]

NewsOK Q&A: Data security, cyber threats are everyone’s concern

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: September 20, 2017 Click to see full story – Data security, cyber threats are everyone’s concern Click to see Fred Leibrock’s attorney profile Q: With the recent breach of Equifax, it seems that vulnerability to identity fraud is everywhere. Are there measures I can take on behalf of my company […]

Roth: World energy outlook

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on September 18, 2017. World energy outlook The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes the International Energy Outlook Report, as well as heaps of other important energy data. An agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, the […]

Four Phillips Murrah attorneys chosen as Lawyers of the Year

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that four of our Directors have been named Lawyers of the Year on The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City. 2018 Lawyers of the Year Sally A. Hasenfratz – Construction Law Fred A. Leibrock – Litigation – ERISA J. Mark Lovelace – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Jim A. […]

Director presents on issues related to real estate closings, ethics

Director Robert N. Sheets will give a presentation on Sept. 14 for Continuing Education professionals on issues relating to real estate transactions. Sheets will present at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the National Business Institute’s seminar titled “Handling Real Estate Transactions From Start to Finish.” “For the morning presentation, I’ll be discussing issues that can […]