Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Legal Briefs: June 7, 2001

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Legal Briefs: June 7, 2001

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Bankruptcy filings at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma were up for the fifth consecutive month in May.

Filings for the month totaled 1,197, up 29.7 percent from 923 for May 2000. For the first five months of 2001, filings at the court were up 34.6 percent to 5,636 from 4,187 for the first five months of 2000.

May filings included 1,024 for Chapter 7, three for Chapter 11, seven for Chapter 12 and 163 for Chapter 13.

Joining McKinney & Stringer

John P. Falcone and Stephen L. Jantzen have joined McKinney & Stringer as associates in the Oklahoma City office.

Jason R. Jenkins has joined the firm as an associate in the Tulsa office.

Falcone will focus on business litigation. He joins McKinney & Stringer after practicing law in New York.

Jantzen will focus on regulatory compliance, administrative enforcement and litigation of environmental and energy issues.

Jenkins will focus on premise liability, first-party insurance defense and general litigation.

McKinney & Stringer has more than 65 employees in offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Replacing Macy

Oklahoma's secretary of state said he will not ask Gov. Frank Keating to consider him to succeed Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy.

Mike Hunter was thought by many to be the front-runner for the position. But Hunter said Tuesday that after talking with friends, family and those close to the job, he decided against taking it.

I just made a decision that it wasn't the right fit for me and my family right now professionally, Hunter said. I enjoy what I'm doing very much, and I look forward to continue working with Keating.

Macy is retiring June 30 after 21 years in the position. Keating has formed a committee to help him select Macy's successor to finish his term.

Frivolous lien

An ex-convict's $50 million lien against a federal appellate judge's property was struck down as frivolous.

Gerald L. Rogers, on parole and living in Peoria, Ariz., filed a $50 million official bond lien against Judge Stephanie K. Seymour, who sits on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

U.S. District Judge Sven Erik Holmes in Tulsa issued a temporary restraining order last week against Rogers. …

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