In late February, 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court, in MacDonald v. Integris Health, 2014 OK 10, upheld November 2011 amendments to the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA), which abrogated common law remedies for victims of…more
- Q: What is a white-collar crime?
- A: While there is no legal definition, white collar is generally used to describe a non-violent, business-related crime committed for financial gain. Antitrust fraud, tax evasion,…more
We’ve all grown accustomed to the sight of lonely smokers, standing a discreet distance from building entrances as they satisfy their need for nicotine. These Oklahomans may soon be joined by their more modern brothers and…more
What: The MLP Parity Act (the “Act”) is a bill currently before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance seeking to expand Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (which defines “qualifying income” for publicly traded…more
U.S. House Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York has introduced H.R. 3999, which would provide for a far-reaching expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).
The bill introduces two big changes to the…more
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma has ruled Oklahoma tax legislation enacted in 2013 reducing the top Oklahoma individual income tax rate from 5.25% to 5% in 2015, with further reduction to 4.85% possible in 2016, is…more
During this season of giving, charitable contributions can make a significant difference to those in need. While charitable giving is to be applauded and encouraged, a business owner should take care to understand how to…more
From Day One, a start-up company needs to protect its technology and its branding, and to budget for that protection. Some suggested steps follow, many of which require little or no direct, out-of-pocket expense…more
On November 5, 2013, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma which granted summary judgment to GableGotwals client IBM on claims of age discrimination,…more
Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that we circulate to you the inaugural edition of T he Oklahoma MLP Quarterly — a publication focused on master limited partnerships, or MLPs, in our great state.
The EEOC has been aggressively pursuing litigation against private businesses for alleged violations of Title VII based upon the use of criminal background and credit checks in the hiring process. The theory pursued by the EEOC…more
Reuters ran an interesting article on October 9, “Special Report: U.S. Builders Hoard Mineral Rights Under New Homes”, an excellent and comprehensive report describing a practice by some developers and homebuilders to reserve…more
On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in an ERISA-governed long term disability benefits case, Heimeshoff vs. Hartford Life and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Case Number 12-729). The plaintiff in the case has…more
I have posted before about National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s interest in social media, in several cases where employees were fired or disciplined after posting messages on social media sites critical of their employer or…more
In this Presentation:
- Summary of Key Changes in Rule 26
- FRCP 26(a)(2)- Disclosure
- Rule 26(b)(4) Trial Preparation: Experts
- Checklist of Suggested Practices
- Excerpt from Summary of Key…more
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