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Car accident claims lives of two Jenks girls

News outlets are reporting that two Jenks girls died in a motor vehicle accident in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Article here. According to reports, a truck carrying the girls was attempting to make a lefthand turn when a car broadsided the vehicle killing the two young girls. Motor vehicle accident death In 2016, 683 people died… read more…

Multiple deaths at Lee Correctional Institution may result in liability

Reports are suggesting that as many as seven inmates were killed at the Lee Correctional institution in Bishopville, South Carolina. Story here. Multiple death incidents at a correctional facility generally indicate other systemic problems. Facilities that experience these high death totals are typically understaffed, lack adequate training, or have substantial gang problems. These deficiencies are… read more…

Suicide by cop scenario reported in Stillwater

The Tulsa World is reporting that Stillwater officers shot and killed a man who called in a welfare check on himself. Article here. According to the World, 31 year old William Dominguez called police to conduct a welfare check on himself. He also reported possession of a gun and knife. When officers arrived, they shot… read more…

Jail assault raises security questions

Reports from the Silverdale jail in Hamilton County, Tenessee indicate the facility experienced a disturbance resulting in multiple injuries on Saturday, March 24th. Article here. According to officials, several inmates were involved in an incident of inmate-on-inmate violence that resulted in at least two inmates sustaining injuries that required transport for outside medical care. Inmate-on-inmate… read more…

What’s in a name? SCOTUS narrows definition of “Debt Collector”

When is a debt collector not collecting a debt? Apparently when the collector has purchased the debt for collection. This week a unanimous Supreme Court held that debt purchasers– companies that buy debt from credit card companies and others, and then try to collect that debt by calling/harassing consumers– do not fall within the definition of a… read more…

Tenth Circuit issues major decision on marijuana industry

On Wednesday the Tenth Circuit issued a mixed-bag opinion for the burgeoning marijuana industry. Beginning with bad news for the industry: the decision in Safe Streets Alliance v. Hickenlooper struck a blow in holding that a landowner adjacent to a state licensed marijuana grow operation had a plausible claim under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act (“RICO”). The… read more…

Court enters judgment against Trooper for $2M

A Tulsa County District Court Judge has entered judgment for $2,000,000.00 against former Oklahoma Highway Trooper, Sheldon Robinson, in the death of Michael Swatosh. Robinson killed Swatosh after an encounter on a motel stairway in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Robinson claimed he shot Swatosh in self-defense, but an investigation revealed inconsistencies in Robinson’s explanations. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol terminated… read more…

Bryan & Terrill named to 2017 SuperLawyers

The 2017 SuperLawyers recently published their list of attorneys for Oklahoma and once again it includes attorneys from Bryan & Terrill. Started in 2011, Bryan & Terrill handles a broad spectrum of personal injury claims. The firm is also a recognized leader in the area of civil rights. In 2013, the attorneys at Bryan & Terrill… read more…

Title IX and Sexual Assaults on Campus

Schools and campuses are supposed to be a place where students can learn and should feel safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Whether it is the school or college’s reputation or the fear of repercussions based upon an investigation, a problem is growing on campuses everywhere. Sexual violence on campuses is going unreported by… read more…

Court: Fido is an “effect” under the Fourth

Can a police officer violate the Fourth Amendment by shooting your dog? On Monday the Tenth Circuit joined a growing number of appellate courts that have answered the question in the affirmative. In Mayfields v. Bethards, two deputies left their patrol car, entered the Mayfield’s property without a warrant, approached the porch and shot their Malmute… read more…