Oklahoma Districts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

Favorability to Defendent: 3
Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

Location: Muskogee

The jury pool is not as conservative as in the Northern (Tulsa) and Western (Oklahoma City) Federal Courts Judge Payne is a good and reasonably conservative Judge. Judge White went on the bench in late 2003, but so far appears conservative. Judge Seay has taken senior status and handles relatively few cases. *** [Please call Steve Holden for further information].

Federal Court Judges:
Chief Judge Ronald White, James Payne, Frank Seay, Steven Shreder, Kimberly West

Counties Within This Federal Jurisdiction:
Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Wagoner

For general federal court informatoin:http://www.oked.uscourts.gov/home.htm

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Notable Verdicts

2000 - 2009

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: 02/24/07
Case Style: Shrum v. City of Coweta, et al.
Judge: Kimberly E. West
Outcome: $450,000.00
Description: Shrum sued the City of Coweta, Oklahoma and others claiming that he was discriminated against because of his exercise of his religious freedoms under the United States Constitution.

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Date: 05/09/05
Case Style: Rhoads v. U.S., ex rel., Department of Human Services, et al.
Judge: Kimberly West
Outcome: $544,519
Description: Medical malpractice claim involving a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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Date: 11/25/02
Case Style: Duplissey v. Sparks Regional Medical Center
Judge: James H. Payne
Outcome: $2,664,000 in compensatory damages and $2,500,000 in punitive damages.
Description: Medical malpractice claim arising out of an abnormal pap smear and failure to notify patient of abnormal results.

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Date: 11/21/02
Case Style: Sims v. Progressive Brass
Judge: James H. Payne
Outcome: $5,000 in compensatory damages and $80,000 in punitive damages.
Description: Employment discrimination case based upon race.

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Date: 03/02/02
Case Style: Carlson v. USA, et al.
Judge: James H. Payne
Outcome: Settled for $400,000
Description: Wrongful death and failure to diagnose Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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Date: 01/23/02
Case Style: Russell v. Metal Transportation Systems, Inc.
Judge: James H. Payne
Outcome: $1,100,000 verdict but settled for $1,200,000 after verdict (includes costs and interest).
Description: Automobile accident with soft tissue injuries to neck requiring surgery.

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Date: 10/17/01
Case Style: Loftis v. City of Eufaula, et al.
Judge: Frank H. Seay
Outcome: $250,000
Description: Title VII Civil Rights Act claim dealing with race discrimination.

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Date: 08/08/00
Case Style: Kennedy v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Judge: Frank H. Seay
Outcome: $43,750
Description: Sexual harassment.

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Date: 07/12/00
Case Style: Kula v. Fire & Casualty Insurance Company of Connecticut, et al.
Judge: Frank H. Seay
Outcome: $2,000
Description: Automobile/truck incident where a car was run off of the road by a truck.

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