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General County Information

County Seat: Miami

Named for the Ottawa Indians, Ottawa County is in the extreme northeastern corner of Oklahoma, bordering Kansas and Missouri. It has been home to members of more Indian tribes than any other county in the U.S. With 71% of the total land area in farms, as much as 60% of the county's agricultural income is from livestock and dairy products, and the rest from such crops as wheat, corn, grain sorghums, soybeans, and grass. Lead and zinc were mined in the northern part of the county in the past. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is located at Miami, the county seat. Industries in the county include manufacturing (clothing, furniture, boat, metal and leather), mushroom cultivation, and concrete and block production.

State District Court Information

State Court Judges:
Jennifer McAffrey, Special Judge William E. Culver

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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:
Jennifer McAffrey, Special Judge William E. Culver

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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: 04/07/06
Case Style: Bennett, Personal Representative of the Estate of Hazel F. Lowe, Deceased, v. Baptist Healthcare of Oklahoma, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation, d/b/a Integris Baptist Regional Health Center
Judge: Robert G. Haney
Outcome: Plaintiff's unanimous verdict for actual damages $1,250,000.00 (no punitives requested or given)
Description: Plaintiff, age 77, was admitted into the defendant's hospital following a fall at home. Within 48 hours of her admission for evaluation and observation, Ms. Lowe fell again in the hospital and suffered a hip fracture. The hospital contended that Ms. Lowe was monitored adequately and that no extraordinary fall precautions were warranted despite the fall prevention guidelines.

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Date: 06/04/03
Case Style: Goins, et al., v. American Equity Insurance Company
Judge: Robert G. Haney
Outcome: $16,000 the contract; $10,000 per each plaintiff (two) in consequential damages; $100,000 in punitives.
Description: Suit seeking additional contract benefits under a fire policy and alleging bad faith.

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Unemployment Rate:

Unemployment Rate:
May 2018: 3.9%
December 2017: 4.0%
December 2016: 4.9%
December 2015: 4.6%
December 2014: 5.8%
December 2013: 7.8%
December 2012: 8.0%
December 2011: 7.7%
December 2010: 7.5%

Major Employers:
Primary industries include agriculture, manufacturing, and concrete and block production. This community is so small that we have been unable to determine major employers.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,734,066
County Total: 14,069

Poverty Populations:
State: 15.8%
County: 19.9%

Median Household Income:
State: $49,767
County: $38,472

State: 3,943,079
County: 31,312

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.