General County Information

County Seat: Idabel

The topography of McCurtain County, in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma, varies from the rugged foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in the north to the fertile coastal plain in the south. The county has a unique heritage ranging from the Caddoan mound builders to the first white settlements in the early 19th century, including 75 years of Choctaw sovereignty, and finally statehood. The county name is that of a prominent Choctaw family, several of whose members served as chiefs. The Choctaw period left such historic sites as the Wheelock Mission Church and Academy. Tourism is also a major industry with Beavers Bend State Resort, Museum of the Red River, hunting, fishing, and historic sites.

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

State Court Judges:
Kenneth Farley, Walter Hamilton, Gary L. Brock, 

Liberal jurisdiction with liberal judging. *** [Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

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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.
Date: 4/6/2010
Case Style: Rusty Armstrong, et al. v. Tyson Foods, Inc., et al.
Judge: Willard Driesel
Outcome: Plaintiffs’ verdict for $7.3 million
Description: breach of contract, fraud and other theories

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Date: 10/01/02
Case Style: Keeney v. Broken Bow Nursing Home
Judge: Willard Driesel
Outcome: $781,250 with a finding of 36% contributory negligence on the part of plaintiff. Settled before punitive damages phase for $1,000,000.
Description: Nursing home wrongful death action.

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 7.8%
December 2015: 7.5%
December 2014: 8.0%
December 2013: 9.2%
December 2012: 9.7%
December 2011: 10.0%
December 2010: 10.9%

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Agriculture and forestry have dominated the county's economy. The dense forests that originally covered the area were cleared and processed within two decades after statehood. The cleared lands then became subsistence farms. Cotton was the main money crop, until the cotton market collapsed during the Great Depression. Cattle raising, as well as production of swine and poultry, replaced cotton farming in importance. Cotton farms in the Red River valley began raising grains and forage instead. Natural reseeding and active reforestation projects, both public and private, have replenished much of the harvested forest area. This revitalized the timber industry, which is again important to the county economy. Limestone, sand, and gravel are extracted for extensive local use.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 15,580

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 25.3%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $32,324

State: 3,923,561
County: 33,143