Creek
General County Information

County Seat: Sapulpa

Located in east central Oklahoma, Creek County was created at statehood. Sapulpa, the county seat, was named for Sus pul ber, a Creek leader. It was so designated following an election by county residents August 12, 1908, after statehood and reaffirmed by a Supreme Court decision August 1, 1913. The discovery of oil at the Red Fork field in 1901 marked the beginning of boom times for Creek County, yet they were not to last. As oil production began to subside following World War I, economic hard times became more and more a reality and were intensified with the advent of the Depression and Dust Bowl eras. Today Creek County is the home of Frankhoma Pottery, Inc., a unique industry which utilizes clay deposits from local Sugar Loaf Hill to manufacture dinnerware and art objects. Its factory and showroom draw visitors from all over the world.

State District Court Information
Favorability to Defendant: 4
Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Lester Henderson, Mark Ihrig, Richard A. Woolery, 

Comments:
Judge Vassar and Judge Golden are the primary District Judges who sit in this county. Creek county, historically, has been one of the least conservative counties in the state. With the resignation and conviction for related sex crimes of Judge Donald G. Thompson and the addition of ex-defense lawyer Doug Golden to the bench, we expect Creek County to become at least a "4" in the future. Vassar is fair and even-handed. ***[Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=CREEK
Search Court Cases: http://www.odcr.com/

Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes. www.morelaw.com
 

Date: 03/29/2013

Case Style: Sarah Taylor v. Geico Casualty Insurance Company

Judge: Mark Barcus

Outcome: Plaintiff’s settlement for $25,000.00

Description: Auto negligence

 

For more information: 

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2012-6473&s=OK&d=60301

 

 

Date: 09/22/09

Case Style: Root v Burke & Shelton
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $100,000.00
Description: Auto accident involving motorcycle that was hit from behind

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2004-967&s=OK&d=32042


Date: 10/01/07
Case Style: Frick v Keyport Marina
Judge: Lawrence Parish
Outcome: Plaintiff verdict for $85,000 after 5 hours of deliberation
Description: Product Liability/boat explosion/fire

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2006-397&s=OK&d=34077

Date: 09/22/06
Case Style: Root v Burke & Shelton
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $100,000.00
Description: Auto accident involving motorcycle was hit from behind

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2004-967&s=OK&d=32042

Date: 03/10/06
Case Style: Tollette v Med-Lift & Mobility
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: Defendant's Verdict
Description: Products liability theory for the injuries and damages sustained in a fire involving a reclining lift chair

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-04-0001&s=OK&d=31191

Date: 02/23/06
Case Style: Albert Glen Bryant v. Melody Gish
Judge: Lawrence Parish
Outcome: Defense verdict.
Description: Automobile accident - rear end - Plaintiff was a guest passenger in his employer's one-ton dually pick-up truck which was hit from the rear by Defendant's Astro Van on Mission Street in Sapulpa. No damage to the pick-up truck. About $1,900 of damage to the Defendant's van. Defendant was not injured. Plaintiff claimed soft tissue injuries to his neck and back and received chiropractic care and a cervical MRI and cervical myelogram. Defendant admited liability but contested damages.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D2003%2D1322&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=31155

Date: 02/17/06
Case Style: Allen Sutton and Patricia Tollette v. Med-Lift & Mobility, Inc.
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: Defense verdict.
Description: Allen Sutton and Patricia Tollette sued Med-Lift & Mobility, Inc. and Beeline Furniture, Inc., on a products liability theory for the injuries and damages that they sustained in a fire involving a reclining lift chair manufactured by Med-Lift & Mobility, Inc., a Mississippi corporation, and sold to the Plaintiffs by Beeline Furniture, Inc. Plaintiffs claimed that the chair in question was defective and unreasonably dangerous, and that it started a fire in their home. Plaintiffs sought property damages, and Ms. Tollette sought personal injury damages. Plaintiffs also sought punitive damages against the manufacturer. Mr. Sutton was sleeping in the chair at the time the fire started, but was able to get out of the chair and escape the house without injury. Ms. Tollette received burns while allegedly assisting Mr. Sutton out of the chair. During her 20-day hospitalization, Ms. Tollette was treated for first and second degree burns; remained intubated for most of her hospital stay; and was diagnosed with severe heart disease, receiving a heart catheterization. Her medical bills totaled in excess of $160,000. The Plaintiffs' experts could not identify any component in the chair which would have started the fire, but maintained that they had eliminated all outside sources of the fire, and thus, the chair was the only remaining source of the fire. The Plaintiffs' only settlement offer was in the amount of $1.67 million. After a five day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D04%2D0001&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=31191

Date: 02/17/05
Case Style: Oklahoma Farmers Union Mut. Ins., et al., v The Maytag Corporation
Judge: Charles M. Humphrey, III
Outcome: Plaintiffs' verdict for $174,000
Description: Products liability action

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=B-CJ-2001-118&s=OK&d=29723

Date: 04/13/04
Case Style: Lowther v. Troutt, et al.
Judge: John Maley
Outcome: Directed verdict on liability and jury awarded $1,515,000.
Description: Automobile accident.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D2001%2D109&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=27812

Date: 12/19/03
Case Style: Cloud v. General Motors Corporation, et al.
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: Settled for $2,000,000
Description: Products liability claim.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D02%2D00069+&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=26786

Date: 09/19/03
Case Style: Stewart v. Oklahoma Publishing Company, et al.
Judge: Donald D. Thompson
Outcome: $200,000 in compensatory damages; $3,500,000 in punitive damages.
Description: Defamation claim resulting from a publication by defendants.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D02%2D00490+&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=25721

Date: 02/21/03
Case Style: Curry v. Chambers
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: $50,000
Description: Automobile accident involving a herniated disc.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D01%2D22&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=25819

Date: 02/15/02
Case Style: Conseco Financial Servicing Corporation v. Carlson, III
Judge: Donald D. Thompson
Outcome: $450,000 in compensatory damages and $900,000 in punitive damages.
Description: Lawsuit involving a forged promissory note. Defendant counterclaimed. Conseco dismissed its claim.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D00%2D227&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=17596

Date: 02/06/02
Case Style: B-Star, Inc. v. M.A. Hanna Company
Judge: John Maley
Outcome: $1,222,591 with $150,000 awarded in attorney fees.
Description: Defective product purchased causing plaintiff to produce inferior products.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ+99%2D00168&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=17454

Date: 06/28/01
Case Style: Mitchell, DVM v. Griffin Television, L.L.C.
Judge: Vassar
Outcome: $6,000,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.
Description: Defamation claims arising out of television news stories.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D99%2D16%2DB&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=13240

Date: 02/16/01
Case Style: Alexander v. City of Kellyville, Oklahoma
Judge: Donald D. Thompson
Outcome: $70,000
Description: Wrongful termination without due process of a former police chief.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=Unknown&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=12108

Date: 09/27/00
Case Style: Price v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company
Judge: Joe Sam Vassar
Outcome: $60,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.
Description: Breach of contract, insurance bad faith claims for failure to properly evaluate claim.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D96%2D152&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=11808

Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 5.5%
December 2015: 4.7%
December 2014: 4.4%
December 2013: 5.5%
December 2012: 6.0%
December 2011: 6.5%
December 2010: 7.7%

Major Employers:
This community is so small that we have been unable to determine major industry and employers.

Demographic Information


Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 30,092

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 15.7%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $45,016

Populations:
State: 3,923,561
County: 70,761