Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum advised aerial spray applicators on ways to defend themselves in court to round out the annual Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association convention on Jan. 23.
Hullum relayed steps individuals and businesses can take to protect themselves from claims of alleged “drift” from aerial spray.
If the company is notified of a Department of Agriculture complaint or subsequent lawsuit, it needs to notify its attorney immediately, Hullum said.
“The attorney can quickly determine if the complaint and/or lawsuit was properly and timely filed and served, and whether the court has proper jurisdiction and venue,” he said. “The attorney can also quickly organize an inspection of the property and gather crucial maps, imaging, Satloc flight information, chemical testing, etc. and can determine whether the lawsuit has diversity of the parties and an amount in controversy to transfer from state to federal court.”
Hullum spoke to OAAA members in 2018 on similar issues. Phillips Murrah was a Platinum-level Sponsor at this year’s convention.