CHAMBER BLUE JOIN

Legal reform

Purpose 

Reduce Oklahoma businesses’ vulnerability to frivolous lawsuits and remove legal threats and obstacles to legitimate business operations through legal justice and lawsuit reform.   

2020 Legislative Initiatives

  • Support pro-business lawsuit reforms, reforms to Oklahoma’s product liability laws, and push back against legislation that would expand liability
    • Support Rational Use of a Product Act 
    • Support Statute of Repose not to exceed ten years
    • Update the Oklahoma Rules of Procedure to reflect changes to pleading standards in the federal system
    • Strengthen the use of the summary judgement statute  
    • Support certificate of merit reform
    • Support a solution to place a limit on non-economic damages
    • Strengthen and broaden the Oklahoma Offer of Judgment Statute
    • Protect property owners from attorney fee liability when the state demands a jury trial in eminent domain appeals
    • Support amending public and private nuisance laws to avoid misuse
    • Support Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts (TiPAC — Attorney General contracts on a contingency fee basis with outside counsel)
    • Support pro-business reforms to Oklahoma’s judicial nominating process including term and/or age limits, and implementation of the federal (or quasi-federal) process
  • Support business friendly protections in the new medical marijuana laws 
  • Support efforts to further criminal justice reform to improve workforce and protect public safety while decreasing costs within the state's budget
  • Special Laws:  Support reforming Article 5, Section 46 of the Oklahoma Constitution to remove the provision limiting civil actions
  • Logrolling:  Support reforming Article 5, section 57 of the Oklahoma Constitution to include clear, defined and simple guidelines on what constitutes or does not constitute a violation of the single-subject provision
  • The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance does not constitute the law or public policy of this state if the statement is inconsistent or in conflict with: The Constitution of the United States or Oklahoma; Oklahoma statute; Oklahoma case law precedent; or other common law that may have been adopted by Oklahoma

RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Issue Brief: Key Lawsuit Reforms & Their Impact (2017)
Issue Brief: The Impact of Judicial Philosophy on Business and Industry  (2017)

 

JOIN Committee 
 

Staff Contact:
Kinsey Westwood

Kinsey Westwood

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Committee Chair:
Jeffery Starling
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Lagoon Water Solutions

Committee Vice Chairs:
Amy Anderson
Managing Owner 
Kipling Strategies

Brett Robinson
Partner
McSpadden Milner Robinson