Erica K. Halley

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 […]

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Schovanec: 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

By Janet A. Hendrick April 24, 2019 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 […]

Mary Holloway

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 […]

Kendra Norman Web

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

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 18, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Kendra M. Norman 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 […]

A. Michelle Campney

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 in legal matters. 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 […]

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Lopez: A bitter pill – medical malpractice liability for new resident physicians

Medical school residency match day. It’s a chaotic, stressful revelation at which fourth-year medical students find out where they will spend the next few years of their lives as residents – newly minted physicians becoming experts in their respective fields. While becoming a resident physician is undoubtedly an exciting next step in the process, it […]

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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 […]

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Data breach still compliance concern for health care providers

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 data breaches that HHS considered inadequate. According to Modern Healthcare, this is $5.2 million over the […]

Gretchen Latham Web

Gavel to Gavel: The uphill battle faced by creditors in bankruptcy

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 7, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Gretchen M. Latham Bankruptcy is a debtor’s remedy, meaning many of the rules and regulations are more favorable to debtors than to creditors. To even the playing field a bit, Congress enacted the […]

Travis Harrison

NewsOK Q&A: Some qualifications necessary to conduct businesses in other states

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Travis E. Harrison discusses practical legal issues related to out-of-state business practices. When is a corporation, limited liability company or other registered legal entity “transacting business” in another jurisdiction? A legal entity required to be registered under the laws of one state must be cognizant of whether its structure […]

Jessica Cory

Federal income tax challenges for medical marijuana businesses in Oklahoma

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.

Eric Davis

NewsOK Q&A: Anyone can take part in utility rate cases

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney C. Eric Davis discusses the process utility companies must go through to request rate increases and how different parties can participate. Q: Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities have rate cases ongoing at the Corporation Commission. How does the rate case process work? A: In Oklahoma, investor-owned electric companies are “rate-regulated” by […]

Phillips Murrah Patent Attorney Cody J. Cooper

NewsOK Q&A: IP assignment agreement is key to invention ownership

In this article, Oklahoma City Patent Attorney Cody J. Cooper discusses the rights inventors have when inventing under the employment of someone else.

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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 […]