Entries by Dave Rhea

Phillips Murrah begins third season of Blocks for Bucks partnership with Thunder Cares Foundation

  With the kick-off of the 2019-2020 NBA regular season, Phillips Murrah is entering our third year of partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s philanthropic organization, the Thunder Cares Foundation via our Blocks for Bucks campaign. What is Blocks for Bucks? Attorneys and staff at Phillips Murrah are huge Thunder fans, and to recognize our home […]

Summary of Oklahoma Opioid Decision

The following summary of the Oklahoma opioid decision is also published at Lexology.com. The decision in the non-jury trial, Oklahoma ex rel. Mike Hunter, Attorney General of Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al was filed on August 26, 2019.  The trial, which lasted for thirty-three days, focused on the State’s sole claim against the defendants […]

OG&E and PSO seek to establish new compensation rates for customers’ solar power

Homeowners and businesses interested in utilizing rooftop solar panels to produce their own power should take note. Cases were filed Aug. 19 and Sept. 4 at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that will determine how Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities compensate customers for self-produced solar power. Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma […]

Phillips Murrah sponsors 2019 Plaza District Festival

The law firm of Phillips Murrah is proud to announce our first year as a sponsor of the Plaza District Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 2019. Our Firm believes that supporting our community is vitally important. Through our partnership with the Plaza District Association, we are able to help continue the […]

Phillips Murrah Directors Discuss Oil and Gas Lease Cancellation Lawsuits at Petroleum Alliance Lunch and Learn

Defending Against and Preventing Lease Cancellation Lawsuits As leasing and drilling activities have increased over the last few years, so have lawsuits by mineral owners seeking to cancel existing oil and gas leases. More often than not, those suits allege that existing wells have ceased producing in paying quantities, and therefore the leases are no […]

Phillips Murrah Directors to present: Defending (and Preventing) Lease Cancellation Lawsuits

presented by Tuesday, Aug. 13 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma Headquarters 500 N.E. 4th Street, Oklahoma City As leasing and drilling increase, so have lawsuits by mineral owners seeking to cancel existing leases. More often than not, those suits allege that existing wells have ceased producing in paying quantities, and therefore […]

Phillips Murrah Managing Partner quoted in Journal Record article about OKC Thunder trades

A Journal Record article published on July 8, 2019 features Phillips Murrah Managing Partner Tom Wolfe‘s insight about the recent changes in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s team line-up. The article, titled ‘Progress comes through change’: Thunder expected to rebound from trade shakeup, explores the possible impact that losing small forward Paul George and the possibility […]

Alison J. Cross, Elaine D. Flores join Phillips Murrah Dallas office

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 8, 2019) – Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce that Alison J. Cross and Elaine D. Flores have joined the Firm as Directors in its Dallas office. Alison and Elaine are transactional attorneys with an emphasis on commercial lending and real estate matters. They bring the number of Texas-licensed Phillips Murrah […]

What happens when a general contractor files for bankruptcy?

If you are a subcontractor or owner on a project where the general contractor has declared bankruptcy, you should act quickly to ensure, to the extent possible, that your rights are protected. First, whether you are a subcontractor or owner, examine your contract and realize that termination due to bankruptcy is likely unavailable. Once an […]

Phillips Murrah celebrates International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, 2019, is International Women’s Day. Phillips Murrah would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and importance of women leaders in the workplace. The theme of this year’s IWD is gender balance, and Phillips Murrah is doing our part to help realize this important societal goal. We are proud to […]

Not a Trump Card? Shuttle Drivers are Independent Contractors Under NLRB Test Emphasizing Entrepreneurial Opportunity

By Janet A. Hendrick January 28, 2019 Focusing on “entrepreneurial opportunity” available to shared-ride drivers, the Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board handed employers a victory on January 25, 2019 by holding that Dallas-Fort Worth area SuperShuttle drivers are independent contractors, rather than employees who may unionize. The decision, which overturns a 2014 decision that favored […]

Supreme Court Holds Independent Contractor Drivers Subject to Exemption from Arbitration

In a unanimous opinion (except for Justice Kavanaugh, who was recused from the case) expected to have broad implications for the transportation industry, the Supreme Court delivered a blow to employers that seek to enforce mandatory arbitration agreements for claims filed by drivers and other transportation workers classified as independent contractors. The high court affirmed […]

Sign of the Times – The Nuts and Bolts of Raising Awareness

What’s in a name? For Phillips Murrah, our name represents over 30 years of dedication and partnership with our clients and our community. We are proud to announce our new exterior sign, which proudly hangs on OKC’s Corporate Tower, wherein our headquarters is located. It’s no secret that Phillips Murrah has ramped up our effort to […]

Texas Appeals Court Sends Noncompete Dispute to Arbitration

Reversing a decision that an employee’s lawsuit to declare her non-compete agreement void was not subject to arbitration, the First Court of Appeals in Houston held yesterday that the lawsuit fell within the scope of the parties’ arbitration agreement. Sue Ann Lopez was a sales representative for IPFS Corporation, which provides insurance premium financing, before […]

Highly litigated common law marriage still recognized in Oklahoma

I heard a song the other day by Pistol Annies called “Got My Name Changed Back.” The lyrics include the line, “it takes a judge to get married, takes a judge to get divorced.” Well, if you live in Oklahoma, only half of these lyrics is correct. Oklahoma is one of only eleven states that currently recognize […]