Payne
General County Information

County Seat: Stillwater

Payne was among the first counties settled during the land run of April 22,1889. It was named to honor David L. Payne, the Boomer leader. After Payne's death in 1884, William L Couch led the Boomers to a settlement on the banks of a creek they called the Still Water. Stillwater, thus, became the name of the settlement and later of the county seat. For more than half a century, agriculture was the basis of the county's economy, with cotton, corn, and later oats, wheat and alfalfa the major crops. Agriculture remains an important part of the economy. The number of farms has actually increased, but many are now much smaller. Livestock and hay are the primary agricultural commodities. Wheat production and dairies have declined but continue to make an impact in the county. Since World War II, the economic base has changed. Industry has replaced agriculture as the leading source of employment. Major industrial plants along North Perkins Road in Stillwater employ more than 2,500 workers, many of whom commute from Yale, Ripley, Glencoe, Perkins, and Cushing.

Oklahoma State University, which opened in 1891, is still the county's largest employer with more than 7,500 employees. The OSU Cowboys hail from Stillwater. Go Pokes!!

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:
Stephen R. Kistler, R.L. Hert, Katherine Thomas

Comments:
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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. www.morelaw.com
 

Date: 08/16/2013

Case Style: Daryl Ray Fairley v. Solitaire Homes, Inc. 

Judge: Phillip C. Corley

Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict

Description: Declaratory Judgment involving a home

 

For More Information:

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2013-86&s=OK&d=62284

 

 

 

Date: 06/23/2013

Case Style: Toby McDowell v. Russell Kevin Wright

Judge: Phillip C. Corley

Outcome: Settlement agreement for the plaintiff in the amount of $16,575.00 and $19,315.00

Description: Auto negligence 

 

For More Information:

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2013-219&s=OK&d=61728

 

 

 

Date: 12/17/2013

Case Style: Beverly Ann Concha v. City of Perskins

Judge: Phillip C. Corley

Outcome: Settlement agreement for the plaintiff in the amount of $1,255.08

Description: Auto negligence 

 

For more information:

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2011-474&s=OK&d=58344

 

 

 

Date: 11/08/2012

Case Style: Jessica Mitchell Design Studios LLC v. Dorothy B. Story

Judge: Stephen R. Kistler

Outcome: Defendant’s verdict

Description: Service contracts

 

For more information: 

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2011-52&s=OK&d=58002

 

 

 

Date: 06/07/2013

Case Style: Suzanne Shideler v. Wesley E. Fritchman

Judge: Phillip C. Corley

Outcome: Settlement agreement for the plaintiff in the amount of $25,000.00

Description: Auto negligence

 

For more information:

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2012-227&s=OK&d=56415

 

 

 

Date: 06/21/2012

Case Style: Jim Platek v. Blade Thomas

Judge: Stephen R. Kistler

Outcome: Settlement agreement for the plaintiff in the amount of $16,000.00

Description: Negligence leading to injury

 

For more information: 

http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2012-165&s=OK&d=56414

 

Date: 3/16/2011

Case Style: Sharon K. Noah v. Audry Jay Moore

Judge: Phillip C. Corley
Outcome: Defendant’s Verdict
Description: negligence theory

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2008-318&s=OK&d=47105

Date: 3/16/2010
Case Style: Vicky Cramer v. Pendergrass
Judge: Donald L. Worthington
Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict for $10,918.00
Description: auto negligence theory

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2007-223&s=OK&d=43453

 

Date: 2/3/2010
Case Style: William J. Short v. Bennie Mozelle Peters
Judge: Donald L. Worthington
Outcome: Defendant’s verdict
Description: William J. Short, Jr. Bennie Mozelle Peters, Trustee of the John William Peters and Bennie Mozelle Peters Revocable Trust for violation of Title 60 O.S. sec. 831 by failing to disclose alleged drainage problems to Plaintiff on February 27, 2007.

Defendant denied both the existence of and failure to disclose any alleged defect. Defendant further asserted full performance, waiver, Lack of knowledge, detrimental reliance and failure to join indispensable parties as affirmative defenses.

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2008-35&s=OK&d=42673

Date: 5/15/2008
Case Style: Cheryl Jane Dedrickson v. Payne County Board of Commissioners, Inc.
Judge: Donald Worthington
Outcome: Defendant’s verdict
Description: governmental tort claim negligence theory

For More Information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ-2006-22&s=OK&d=36299

Date: 04/16/04
Case Style: Kennedy, et al. v. Shackelford, M.D.
Judge: Robert M. Murphy
Outcome: $2,500,000
Description: Medical malpractice.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D2000%2D474&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=27822

Date: 03/08/01
Case Style: Hart v. Wilkerson and Vanliner Insurance Co.
Judge: Robert M. Murphy
Outcome: $455,000
Description: Automobile accident involving neck injury.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D98%2D300&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=12208
 

Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 3.6%
December 2015: 2.9%
December 2014: 3.0%
December 2013: 3.9%
December 2012: 4.4%
December 2011: 4.9%
December 2010: 5.3%

Major Employers:
Agriculture was the basis of the county economy for more than fifty years. The primary crops were cotton, corn, and wheat. World War II caused hundreds of students at Oklahoma A & M to leave school for military service. To offset this loss to the local economy, civic and college leaders, to lobby military leaders and Oklahoma Senator, Mike Monroney, to have the school designated as a war training center. This resulted in the establishment of twelve training programs for the Navy, with nearly 40,000 people. The wartime experience showed local political leaders that it would be essential to diversify the county's economic base. They formed an Industrial Foundation to attract manufacturing plants and industrial jobs. This effort succeeded and accelerated an increase in population.

Demographic Information


Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 35,468

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 22.7%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $37,667

Populations:
State: 3,923,561
County: 79,423