Phillips Murrah is excited to partner with KGOU and The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help support community radio while also fighting hunger during this holiday season! KGOU’s on-air fundraising drive begins on “Giving Tuesday,” Dec 3, and lasts through Thursday, Dec. 5. All listener donations to KGOU will go directly to support vital […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 attorney Cody J. Cooper was featured on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in a Q&A feature in the Oklahoman newspaper. Equifax is a consumer credit reporting agency and, ironically, one of the products it publicly sells is individual credit monitoring. In 2017, Equifax disclosed one of the largest known data breaches in the United States […]
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 would like to congratulate Elizabeth K. Brown, Shareholder/Director and member of the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group, on being elected to the Board of Directors of the newly formed oil and gas industry advocacy organization, The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma. Liz formerly was a member of the OIPA Board of Directors […]
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 […]
Phillips Murrah Director Melissa Gardner is featured in an article about forced pooling published by Oklahoma oil and gas industry online resource, Oklahoma Minerals.
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 […]
In the United States, women make up just 19 percent of shareholder positions at major law firms. Bucking the tradition, Phillips Murrah is far out in front, as the article points out: “At Phillips Murrah P.C., more than four in 10 partners are women.”
(April 9, 2019) – Tonight is the final home game of the regular season, and that means it’s time, once again, to tally up the blocks and present a giant check (literally!) Just before tip-off at tonight’s Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Houston Rockets, Phillips Murrah Directors G. Calvin Sharpe, Nikki Edwards and Marc […]
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 […]
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 […]
HIPAA concerns, established in 1996 and evolving ever since, continue to be a very real compliance concern for healthcare providers. As an example, last year HHS collected $28.7 million from providers of healthcare services and payors for responses to HIPAA data breaches that HHS considered inadequate. According to Modern Healthcare, this is $5.2 million over […]
Although licensed medical marijuana businesses are now legal under Oklahoma state law, conflicting federal law creates a number of challenges for business owners, particularly with respect to federal income tax law.
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 […]
A new case filed in federal court in Colorado challenges the process of force pooling certain mineral owners and working interest owners.
Let’s say an employee invents something during the course of his or her employment. Who owns the invention? There is a common misconception that the employer always owns the rights to the invention. However, that is incorrect. The correct answer is that typically the employee owns it.
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 […]
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 […]
Phillips Murrah is happy to announce that we are a 2019 National Association of Women Lawyers sustaining partner.
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 […]
As we find ourselves in the midst of another holiday season, it’s a good time to contemplate the joys this time of year brings. For many, that list includes extra time with loved ones, hearty food, and cozy pajamas. Hopefully, holiday-specific “legal woes” are less likely to come to mind. Nevertheless, holidays often have their […]
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 […]
November 16, 2018 Today, the Austin Court of Appeals held that the Austin paid sick leave ordinance, which would require private employers to provide an hour of paid sick leave to employees for every 30 hours worked beginning on the first day of employment, violates the Texas Constitution because it is preempted by the Texas […]
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