The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents at its April
meeting approved an allocation from Academic Excellence Funds of
$100,000 each for the College of Law.
Academic Excellence Funds, formerly called President's
Partners Funds, are the result of contributions of $100 or more
from OU alumni and friends to the OU Foundation. The funds are
intended for the OU president's unrestricted use for projects
that enhance academic programs.
The College of Law will use the funds to establish a program
of Empirical Studies in Law, encompassing the diverse areas of
commercial law, criminal law, evidence and environmental law.
Specifically, the projects will investigate the necessity of
repealing the code regulating bulk property transfers; the
relationship of age and substance abuse to juvenile crime in
Oklahoma; whether the exclusion of evidence of subsequent
remedial measures in negligence and liability cases promotes
safety in the workplace; and whether support exists for the
belief that neighborhoods often are selected as locations for
undesirable land uses _ such as toxic landfills _ based upon
improper factors, such as minority factors, rather than on
economically neutral factors.
The program presents an opportunity to extend research into
areas of the law that previously had not been studied
empirically, to test whether empirical research can be
generalized in diverse areas of law, and to assess the value of a
support structure of empirical studies in law. . .
Kansas City Life Insurance Co. plans to appeal a $10.6 million
award a jury made to an Oklahoma City woman's estate in a fraud
A jury in Alva earlier this month found for the relatives of
the late Leora Pelter of Alva. The relatives claimed that an
insurance agent defrauded Pelter of a $25,000 payment and that
the company accused Pelter of participating in a conspiracy.
The jury awarded the estate $550,000 in compensatory damages
and $10 million in punitive damages.
"The verdict is unwarranted, and the size of the award is
totally unrelated to the alleged damage," Kansas City Life vice
president C. John Malacarne said. "We will vigorously seek a
Kansas City Life denies any wrongdoing and tried to repay the
$25,000, with interest, when the fraud was discovered, Malacarne
said. . .
Gary B. Homsey of Gary B. Homsey and Associates addressed a
program on "Medical Device Pharmaceutical Litigation" for the
University of Houston Law Foundation in Houston. …