General Civil Cases

Amputee To Receive $2.7 Million

A Two-Week Jail Confinement Led To The Loss Of Both Legs.

Who wants to be a millionaire, if it means losing your legs in the process? That is what is happening to Sapulpan Russell "Rusty" Mounger. Mounger has reached a $2.7 million settlement in a federal lawsuit he filed in February 2008 connected to his 2007 stay in the Creek County Jail. The two-week jail stint ended up costing him both of his legs when an infection caused by blood clots progressed to the point that doctors had no choice but to amputate.


Owasso Settles Shooting Case
The city's insurance will pay $300,000 to the estate of a suicidal man shot by police.

A federal lawsuit over the August 2002 fatal shooting of sword-wielding suicidal man by Owasso police has been settled for $300,000, Owasso City Attorney Julie Lombardi said Wednesday. Plaintiff's attorney Guy Fortney said the case dealt with important issues concerning how police treat mentally ill people.


Suit Against Automaker Linked To Fatal Crash Settled
A Tulsa couple claimed that the SUV their son drove had a weak roof.

A federal product liability lawsuit that originally resulted in a $15 million verdict against Ford Motor Co. has been settled on undisclosed terms, sources on both sides of the dispute said Thursday. Tulsa jeweler Kevin Moody and his wife, Veronica Moody, sued in November 2003, a little more than 10 months after their son, Tyler, Moody, 18, died in a rollover crash on Delaware Avenue near 121st Street. The teenager had lost control of a 1995 Ford Explorer Sport while passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone on a curve. The SUV left the street and rolled.


Families Win $66 Million Lawsuit

Oil case hits courtroom 13 years after initial filing

DUNCAN - A jury awarded over $66 million to be paid by Shell Oil Company to two families in a civil lawsuit in Stephens County District Court May 9. Clark Brewster, lead trial attorney for the families, said that this verdict ranks as one of the largest dollar amount judgments in Oklahoma history.


Jury Awards $15.6 Million In Verdict

Mid-Continent Casualty Co. was accused of acting in bad faith concerning a fatal traffic accident claim.

Tulsa County jurors awarded $15,640,000 in damages at a civil trial based on allegations that an insurance company acted in bad faith in handling a claim that resulted from a fatal traffic accident. The jury awarded $5,640,000 in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages Monday against Mid-Continent Casualty Co., an Oklahoma- based insurance company.


Suit Settled Over Boy's Death In Car's Trunk

The parents of a Tulsa boy who was found dead inside the trunk of a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier have settled their lawsuit against General Motors Corp. and a rental car company on confidential terms, attorneys said Tuesday. Twelve-year-old Joseph Prosser was found dead Sept. 3, 2000, inside the trunk of a rental car the family had been using while their car was broken down.


Shooting Lawsuit Is Settled

A lawsuit filed by the estate of a Liberty teenager who was shot to death by police in August 1999 has been settled for what plaintiff's counsel called sufficient to offer some consolation to the teen's family.


Jail Death Case Settled

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit linked to the 1997 death of Tulsa Jail inmate Charles Edward Guffey. The parties agreed to keep the amount of the settlement confidential, court documents show. Guffey, a 39-year-old defendant in a drug case, was found dead in his cell at the Adult Detention Center. He died of a perforated ulcer.


B'ville Woman's Case Against Kmart Settled

A Bartlesville woman has settled a federal lawsuit against Kmart Corp. less than a week before the case was set to go to trial. Claiming that a negligently filled prescription left her with a damaged colon and continuing medical complications, Beatrice Reesey sued the Kmart Corp. on Jan. 11, 1999, in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.