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General County Information

County Seat: Durant

Located in southeastern Oklahoma, Bryan County is named for famous orator William Jennings Bryan. The area was first settled by Choctaw Indians following their removal from Mississippi. The Indians established several schools in the area during the mid to late 1800s. One of the schools, the Armstrong Academy for Boys in Durant, later served as the capital of the Choctaw Nation. Durant, the county seat, is the site of many manufacturers, including American Packing, Bryan County Manufacturing, Potter Sausage, and Stahl Metal Products. Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant is the site of the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival. Held annually during June and July, this popular event has gained national recognition. The historic Bryan Hotel in Durant once served as southeastern Oklahoma's center for social and political activities. Many national politicians, including Robert Kerr, Carl Albert, and William Jennings Bryan, included the hotel as a stop on their campaign trails.

State District Court Information

State Court Judges:
 Mark Campbell, Trace C. Sherrill, Special Judge Abby Rogers

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Favorability to Defendant: 4

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

State Court Judges:
 Mark Campbell, Trace C. Sherrill, Special Judge Abby Rogers

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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: 05-31-2008
Case Style: Leslie Lee, Matthew Lee and Sara Gaylon v. National Fire & Marine, Ins. Co., et al.
Judge: Mark Campbell
Outcome:Defendant's verdict
Description: auto negligence theory

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Date: 06/26/03
Case Style: Jackson v. Carr
Judge: Farrell M. Hatch
Outcome: Offer to confess in amount of $11,578. Verdict against defendant in amount of $10,600.
Description: Automobile accident resulting in soft tissue injuries. Admitted liability.

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Date: 05/26/01
Case Style: Wilson v. Griffin, D.O.
Judge: Farrell M. Hatch
Outcome: $150,000
Description: Medical malpractice in failing to diagnose appendicitis.

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Date: 05/01/00
Case Style: Hutson v. Sureddi, M.D., et al.
Judge: Farrell M. Hatch
Outcome: $900,000
Description: Medical malpractice resulting in wrongful death (involving a motor vehicle accident).

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Unemployment Rate:

Unemployment Rate:
May 2018: 3.6%
December 2017: 3.3%
December 2016: 4.0%
December 2015: 4.0%
December 2014: 4.3%
December 2013: 5.1%
December 2012: 5.5%
December 2011: 5.7%
December 2010: 5.9%

Major Employers:
Agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and distribution are bedrocks of the county's economy. Tourism attractions include Lake Texoma, Lake Durant, the Choctaw Casino Resort, Choctaw Casino Bingo and Fort Washita. Major employers in the region include the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the headquarters of the J.C. Potter meat processing facility, Durant's Historic Central Business District and Retail District, a Cardinal Glass Industries manufacturing facility, a Big Lots distribution center, the headquarters of First United Bank and First Texoma National Bank, Indian Nation Wholesale, and Wal-Mart.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:
State Total: 1,734,066
County Total: 20,305

Poverty Populations:
State: 15.8%
County: 18.2%

Median Household Income:
State: $49,767
County: $41,197

State: 3,943,079
County: 46,319

These materials are intended merely as an aid to better understand the counties in Oklahoma. The opinions of other lawyers in the state may vary from the opinions contained herein. The demographical information and jury verdicts in this report were obtained through public websites. All other information is the express opinion of Holden Litigation. Please contact Steve Holden for further information on the opinions expressed herein.