When an NFL lineman makes allegations that one of his teammates bullied him, people notice. A big, strong lineman in the macho world of pro football is not someone people think would or could be affected by teasing, jokes and…more
In western Oklahoma, where this author was born and raised, a handshake is often all that takes place to solidify a deal for the sale or purchase of a piece of land. The need for a purchase contract or anything other than a deed…more
For nearly a century, Oklahoma City has hosted a junior livestock show each spring where youth from across the state display the best farm animals their generation has to offer in hopes of winning college scholarships and other…more
The syndication of stallions rose in popularity several years ago as a result of available tax benefits and the practical benefit of common ownership of a valuable animal used for breeding. While most of the tax benefits from…more
The Internet is home to many resources that may be useful to your business. It’s easy to reproduce these materials and, thanks to a number of widely circulated copyright myths, many business owners believe these materials may be…more
Effective November 1, 2013, two Oklahoma statutes governing how an employer addresses tobacco use in its workplace or by its employees will be revised.
Under the new 21 Okla. Stat. § 1247, lighted tobacco products in any…more
No one likes to think about, much less plan for, a worst-case scenario. However, your clients' appellate options should be a critical part of your pretrial and trial strategy. There are certain interlocutory, or non-final,…more
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently enacted new regulations enforcing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). These new regulations, which go into effect October 16, 2013, significantly change the legal…more
On October 2nd, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that put employees on notice that the Tenth Circuit expects employees to speak up for their rights regarding religious accommodation.
Oil and Gas Update -
Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management:
On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed…more
Clinical integration is a somewhat imprecisely defined concept in the health care industry. Lawyers and health care executives have identified components and elements of clinical integration and frequently ask how many of those…more
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an employer subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide a written notice to current employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Exchange Notice”) by October 1, 2013, and…more
In 1996, as states were beginning to consider the concept of same-sex marriage, and before any state had acted to permit it, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act. Section 3 of DOMA defined the term “marriage” as “a legal…more
On July 10, the SEC adopted rules eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation in securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. These rules, effective Sept. 23, permit…more
After the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding same-sex marriages in United States v. Windsor this summer, a number of governmental agencies charged with administering employment laws have issued explanations…more
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