Philip J. Outhier Attorney at Law   On January 26, 2015, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a multi-million dollar jury verdict against a nonprofit organization’s directors and officers, including the entry of a punitive damage award against the organization’s officers. The unanimous three-judge panel opinion suggests that nonprofit… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier, Attorney at Law   With the recent downturn in the economy, more lenders are turning to loan modification and restructuring when borrowers are faced with financial hardship and foreclosure. While the modification varies by lender, it generally involves a change in mortgage rate, term and monthly payment of the loan with past… Read more »

Jessica L. Caruthers, Attorney at Law   Oklahoma is an “employment-at-will” state. This means an employee, with minimal exceptions, can choose to quit his or her job at any time. This also means that an employer, with a few exceptions, can terminate an employee’s job at any time. I frequently tell potential clients this means… Read more »

Jessica L. Caruthers, Attorney at Law   The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law allowing eligible employees to take unpaid leave from their jobs for specific reasons, with guaranteed reinstatement. Employers must comply with the FMLA if they have 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks in the current… Read more »

Philip J. Outhier, Attorney at Law   When charged with a crime in the state of Oklahoma, the matter can be resolved in three different ways. The matter may be dismissed by the prosecuting attorney if he or she finds that the evidence is not sufficient to go forward to trial. In addition, the matter… Read more »

Jessica Caruthers, Attorney at Law   In more than one recent probate case, I have faced scenarios similar to the one described below: Oklahoma resident Laura died in 2012, and her estate is being probated. Laura is survived by her husband, James, and an adult daughter from a prior marriage, Alice. During Laura’s first marriage,… Read more »

Jessica L. Caruthers, Attorney at Law   Do you know what your employees are discussing in the lunchroom? On breaks? By the copy machine?   Chances are probably good that from time to time, they’re discussing politics.   Whether they like or dislike a particular senator, governor, city council member, or even a piece of… Read more »