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  • $2,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement in 2013-2014

    During 2013-2014, TISDAL & O'HARA represented several clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions, including a wrongful death case resulting in a $2 million settlement. more...

  • Beckham County Case Settles Thanks to Firm's Work in Missouri Gas Energy

    Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. v. State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Beckham County Board of Equalization, Case No. CV-2004-44, Beckham County, Oklahoma. As a result of the firm's work in the Missouri Gas Energy case (see below), the firm was able to successfully settle this case, resulting in the distribution of over $850,000 in previously protested tax funds to the Beckham County General Fund, the Sayre Public Schools, and other tax recipients. more...

  • Claims Dropped in Cimarron County Case

    In the Matter of the Assessment for Tax Year 2010 of Certain Personal Property Owned by JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC D/B/A Five Rogers Cattle Feeding and J&F Oklahoma Holdings, Inc., Case No. CV-2010-8, Cimarron County, Oklahoma. JBS asserted that it came within the Freeport exemption, found in Article 10, § 6A of the Oklahoma Constitution, with respect to its cattle feeding operation. As a result of the litigation, JBS ultimately dropped its claim to the Freeport Exemption, resulting in a payment of $367,000 in previously held tax funds to the Boise City and Keyes Public Schools, and other tax recipients. In addition, JBS had further filed a claim asserting its entitlement to the Freeport Exemption for tax year 2012, which was also dropped without further protest by JBS. more...

  • Firm Successful in Roger Mills County Case on Appeal to Oklahoma Supreme Court

    Assessor of Roger Mills County, Teresa Morris v. Unit Drilling Co., 2011 OK 4, 247 P.3d 1170. The firm successfully argued, through appeal in the Oklahoma Supreme Court, that a law enacted by the Oklahoma Legislature restricting the right of the Assessor to value drilling rigs in Oklahoma for ad valorem tax purposes violated the Oklahoma Constitution. more...

  • Cases Settle as Result of Firm's Work in Missouri Gas Energy

    As a result of the favorable outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Missouri Gas Energy case (see below) in the year 2010, the firm was successful in settling numerous related cases:

    settlements in related gas storage cases filed in the District Court for Beckham County, Oklahoma, resulted in total payments of approximately $4.5 million to the county. The settlement beneficiaries were the Elk City Public Schools, Erick Public Schools, Merritt Public Schools, Sayre Public Schools, Beckham County Vo-Tech, Beckham County General Fund and the Beckham County Health Department; and,

    settlements in related gas storage cases filed in the District Court for Grant County, Oklahoma, resulted in total payments in excess of $3 million to the county. The settlement beneficiaries were the Deer Creek-Lamont Public Schools, Wakita Public Schools, Medford Public Schools, Pond Creek-Hunter Public Schools, Grant County General Fund and the Grant County Health Department; and,

    settlements in related gas storage cases filed in the District Court for Woods County, Oklahoma, resulted in total payments of approximately $1.4 million to the county. The settlement beneficiaries were the Woods County Public Schools, Woods County Vo-Tech and the Woods County General Fund.

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  • Royalty Class Action Case Settles in Roger Mills County

    Carmikael Dodson v. Phillips Petroleum Co., et al., Case No. CJ-2004-0019, District Court of Beckham County, State of Oklahoma (royalty class action settlement for $12.7 million). more...

  • Certiorari Denied by U.S. Supreme Court in Woods County Case

    Missouri Gas Energy v. Monica Schmidt, Woods County, Oklahoma Assessor, 2008 OK 94, 234 P.3d 938, cert. denied, 130 S.Ct. 2141 (2010). This case of first impression involved, among other things, the issue of whether or not natural gas in storage in Oklahoma could be taxed on an ad valorem basis without running afoul of the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Oklahoma Supreme Court found that it could. Missouri Gas Energy petitioned for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. After the issues were fully briefed by order of the U.S. Supreme Court, cert. was denied. more...

  • Royalty Class Action Case Settles in Woods County

    Glen D. Sacket v. Great Plains Pipeline Co., et al., Case No. CJ-2002-70, District Court of Woods County, State of Oklahoma (royalty class action settlement for $25 million).

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