General County Information

County Seat: Okmulgee

The name Okmulgee comes from a Creek word meaning "boiling water." Created at statehood from lands in the Creek Nation, Indian Territory, the county seat, Okmulgee, has been the capital of the Creek Nation since the Civil War. The Indians chose the site in the belief that tornadoes would not strike the area and so far history has proven them correct. Two local lakes furnish most of the water for the county. Major highways are I-40, east-west, and S.H. 75, north-south. Burlington Northern Railroad maintains a station for shipping. Points of interest are: the Creek Council House Museum (former meeting place of the Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes), the Creek Tribal Complex, Samuel Checote gravesite, Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, Nuyaka Mission, and Okmulgee State Park.

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

State Court Judges:
Pandee Ramirez, Cindy Pickering

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General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=OKMULGEE
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: 8-16-2011
Case Style: Toni Elmore v. Shuttle Stop, Inc.
Judge: Kenneth Adair
Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict for $600,000
Description: premises liability theory

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Date: 3-31-2011
Case Style: Relda Deshazer v. Debbie Ann Tuggle
Judge: Vassar
Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict for $10,000
Description: auto negligence theory

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Date: 3/4/2009
Case Style: Phillip J. Estrada v. Port City Properties, Inc.
Judge: Claver
Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict for $74,000
Description: wrongful termination theory

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Date: 11/16/2007
Case Style: James Thompson and Suzanne Thompson v. Government Employees Insurance Company
Judge: Duane Woodliff
Outcome: Defense verdict
Description: bad faith breach of insurance contract claim

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Date: 04/08/02
Case Style: Grogan v. Cox
Judge: John Maley
Outcome: $10,000
Description: Automobile accident involving a soft tissue injury and minimal property damage.

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Date: 08/16/00
Case Style: Jane Doe v. Lake Drive Nursing Home, Inc., et al.
Judge: John Maley
Outcome: Settled for $650,000
Description: Negligence by an intermediate care facility involving the sexual abuse of a mentally handicapped woman.

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 7.1%
December 2015: 6.0%
December 2014: 6.5%
December 2013: 7.2%
December 2012: 7.6%
December 2011: 8.5%
December 2010: 9.0%

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: 17,799

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 22.5%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $38,843

State: 3,923,561
County: 39,446