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

This guest column was originally published in The Journal Record on Sept. 9, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney C. Eric Davis 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 […]

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Gavel to Gavel: Partners are not employees

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 29, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Jessica N. Cory On June 28, the Internal Revenue Service finalized Treasury regulations relating to the tax treatment of partners (T.D. 9869). These regulations confirm that owners of an entity treated as […]

NewsOK Q&A: Child support payments based on several variables

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Robert K. Campbell answers questions about the basics of arranging and handling Oklahoma child support. Who pays child support in a divorce proceeding? Oklahoma law requires both parents to provide financial support for their children during a divorce. That being said, typically it is one parent paying the other […]

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Gavel to Gavel: Employers should examine paid parental leave policies

The notorious absence of any federally mandated paid family leave in the United States was a significant issue during the 2016 presidential election. Recent legislative proposals indicate that the issue will only gain steam through 2020 and beyond. Paid parental leave is not a partisan issue, as demonstrated by legislators on both sides of the […]

An oil and gas lease allows an oil derrick and well to be used on a piece of land.

Potts: How to determine whether to hold or terminate an oil and gas lease

When a landowner leases property to an energy company, the lease agreement typically contains a held-by-production provision, also known as a habendum clause. In Oklahoma, habendum clauses in oil and gas leases establish that after the primary lease term has ended, the lease shall remain in force as long as the land is capable of […]

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NewsOK Q&A: Deadline Monday for pharmacies’ annual inventory of controlled dangerous substances

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Martin J. Lopez III discusses requirements pharmacies must abide by when submitting controlled substance inventories and the consequences they may face if they neglect to do so. There seems to be increasing regulation of pharmacies in recent years, and this has been heightened by the responses to the opioid […]

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Possible Relief for FMLA Administration Pain Points

It’s no secret that employers have found administration of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to be a significant pain point. Relief, however, may be on the way. In a spring regulatory agenda notice, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is considering making some changes to the FMLA. The Department […]

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NewsOK Q&A: Federal income tax challenges for medical marijuana businesses in Oklahoma

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Jessica N. Cory explores the conflict between federal and state law as it pertains to Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses. What is the primary federal tax issue for Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses? Jessica Cory, attorney with Phillips Murrah law firm answers: The primary tax issue for Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses […]

Oil pumpjacks pump oil on a farm that leases to an oil company as part of an oil and gas lease.

Gavel to Gavel: Who should define the terms of an oil and gas lease?

Whose job is it to determine which expenses can be deducted from royalty payments under the terms of an oil and gas lease? Is it the lessee or the operator? People argue both positions and all parties desire clarity in who bears this burden. Unfortunately, there are many interpretations of the differing forms of deductions […]

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NewsOK Q&A: #MeToo movement reaches merger transactions

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Erica K. Halley discusses the “#MeToo” movement and the Weinstein Clause as they relate to requirements in buying and selling companies. What is the #MeToo movement and how did it start? In October 2017, The New York Times published an article detailing decades of sexual misconduct by film producer […]

Construction employees discuss the impact of the ruling on noneconomic damages.

Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on noneconomic damages could have profound impact

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Oklahoma’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages violates the Oklahoma Constitution because it singles out for different treatment less than the entire class of similarly situated persons who may sue to recover for bodily injury. In plain terms, the court found the statute is a “special law” that limits […]

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Supreme Court Holds Employees May Not Arbitrate Class Claims Unless Arbitration Agreement Unambiguously Provides for Class Arbitration

It’s been a big week in employment law at the Supreme Court.  Earlier this week, the Court agreed to hear three cases, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, to decide whether Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination “because of sex” protects LGBTQ employees.  […]

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NewsOK Q&A: Medical practice support can be costly to suppliers, others

In this article, Oklahoma City Healthcare Attorney Mary Holloway Richard discusses the “Anti-Kickback Statute” and potential, federal violations of the statute as it relates to providers in the healthcare industry. What is the authority for the federal government to oversee providers’ relationships with durable medical equipment (DME) and device suppliers and drug companies, such as […]

A woman accepts an offer for promotion as part of the gender equality initiatives in her company.

Gavel to Gavel: Gender parity and the rise of women in the boardroom

It should come as no shock that, although women make up just over half of the U.S. population, they are underrepresented in corporate executive management, as well as in the boardrooms of public companies in the U.S. This is often due to stereotypes that characterize female leaders as abrasive, aggressive and emotional. This disparate societal […]

Email services, like Gmail shown, can pose problems for businesses if they unwittingly fall into a legally binding contract orfind themselves in litigation.

NewsOK Q&A: Doing business by email can cause legal concerns

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney A. Michelle Campney discusses email practices that could be considered legally binding. What are the general legal concerns regarding conducting business through email? It is estimated that there will be almost 3 billion email users by the end of this year, with an average of 128 business emails sent […]