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? […]

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 […]

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: Time to reap benefits of hydrogen

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 11, 2017. Time to reap benefits of hydrogen A previous column considered hydrogen’s increased use primarily in fuel cell vehicles, but there are some exciting advancements for hydrogen’s potential use in utilities. Innovation requires effort […]

NewsOK Q&A: Forced pooling in mineral land leasing has upsides, downsides

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: August 31, 2017 Click to see full story – Forced pooling in mineral land leasing has upsides, downsides Click to see Melissa Gardner’s attorney profile Q: If you’re approached about leasing minerals, do you have options? A: You do have options. However, none of those options include avoiding leasing your […]

Roth: Sun shines as energy option in state

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 28, 2017. Sun shines as energy option in state Keeping with last week’s solar theme, I recently ran across an Aug. 28, 1982 news article by M.J. Van Deventer that highlighted another bright spot in […]

Amendment sharpens valuable tool

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 24, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Hilary A. Hudson The Oklahoma Open Records Act, Okla. Stat. tit. 51, § 24A.1, et seq, has been in place since 1985, but its value as a tool for discovering information related to private parties […]

Phillips Murrah Attorneys talk tech at the Firm’s AM@PM Breakfast Forum

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, Phillips Murrah hosted a technology-related panel discussion called “Real Risks in the Virtual World,” as a part of their AM@PM Breakfast Forum series. The panel was moderated by Director Juston R. Givens. Director and Phillips Murrah CIO Fred A. Leibrock discussed data security and breach avoidance practices. Director Kathryn D. Terry […]

Roth: The great American solar eclipse

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 21, 2017. The great American solar eclipse As we prepare for the solar eclipse on Monday, here are some facts and ideas I found to be worthwhile. First, a solar eclipse is when the […]

Roth: Energy industry provides help for public schools

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 14, 2017. Energy industry provides help for public schools School bells begin to ring across the state this month amid severe budget shortfalls. But there is hope yet, as schoolchildren receive inspiration, edification, and […]

Roth: Overshooting our planet Earth

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 7, 2017. Overshooting our planet Earth As of Aug. 2, we earthlings consumed more natural resources than Earth can renew throughout the entire calendar year. Eight months and a day into 2017 and we […]

U.S. Department of Labor Requests Public Input on Overtime Regulations

07/25/17 The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that they will publish a Request for Information for the overtime rule on Wednesday, July 26. In the news release, USDOL announced: “The RFI is an opportunity for the public to provide information that will aid the department in formulating a proposal to revise these regulations which […]

Roth: What the H?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 24, 2017. What the H? Those early, and perhaps forgotten, lessons from middle school chemistry class of the periodic table may be coming around again as America and the world explore new fuel sources […]