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General County Information

County Seat: Purcell

McClain County, originally part of Curtis County in the proposed state of Sequoyah, was created at statehood. The county was named for Charles M. McClain, a member of the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention and an early resident of Purcell. Forty-niners on their way to the gold fields of California passed through southern McClain County on the California Trail that paralleled present S.H. 59. To protect travelers going west, Camp Arbuckle was established by the U.S. Army in 1850, northwest of present-day Byars. For health reasons, the camp was abandoned after a year for a site 30 miles southwest in the Arbuckles. In the 1870s large ranching operations north of the Washita River belonged either to those of Indian blood or those related to Indians by marriage. Black slaves formerly owned by Choctaw and Chickasaw families were also eligible to own land. Cotton gins in many small towns prepared raw cotton for the cotton press in Purcell, the county seat. Broom corn growing was also productive in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, McClain County is basically rural in nature, but I-35 enables easy access to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

State District Court Information

State Court Judges:
Charles Gray, Leland Shilling

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Favorability to Defendant: 2

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

State Court Judges:
Charles Gray, Leland Shilling

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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: 05/07/2013

Case Style: Jennifer Riggs v. Gene Rhodes

Judge: Tom A. Lucas

Outcome: Settlement and release

Description: Lawsuit on a negligence theory


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Date: 12/21/07

Case Style: Covel, et al. v Rodriguez, et al.
Judge: Candace Blalock
Outcome: Plaintiffs' verdict for $2.8 million and will exceed 3.8 million with the addition of prejudgment interest
Description: Negligence/Wrongful death-Bus accident

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Unemployment Rate:

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 3.8%
December 2015: 3.4%
December 2014: 3.0%
December 2013: 4.2%
December 2012: 4.2%
December 2011: 4.3%
December 2010: 5.0%

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The county economy has been based primarily on agriculture and cattle raising. Each town had its own cotton gin early in the 1900s. Purcell had a flour mill. Otherwise, there was little industrial activity. Many county residents commute to work in the Oklahoma City area. Mid-America Area Vo-Tech opened in 1971 to provide vocational education to students. Duke Energy North America built a power plant (which it sold to NRG Energy, Inc., that year) near Newcastle in 2001. The Chickasaw Nation operated a gaming casino at Newcastle.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 15,011

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 10.7%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $56,088

State: 3,923,561
County: 36,512

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 & Montejano. Please contact Steve Holden for further information on the opinions expressed herein.