SECTION 503(B)(9) CLAIMS IN BANKRUPTCY—
ARE YOUR CONTRACT TERMS HURTING YOUR RIGHTS?

Andrew R. Turner, partner at Conner & Winters, has authored an informative article pertaining to Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code.  Since Section 503(b)(9) can be of great aid to a creditor whose claim would otherwise be classified as a general unsecured claim, it behooves sellers of goods to review their rights and maximize their ability to take advantage of Section 503(b)(9)’s protections. Click here to read the article.

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NRC Inspection Faults Implementation of SCWE Action Plan at Palisades

A recent NRC Problem Identification and Resolution (PI&R) inspection report for the Palisades Nuclear Plant faults the operator, Entergy Nuclear, for insufficiently addressing previously identified safety conscious work environment (SCWE) concerns.  Click here for more information.

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Whistleblower Defense Update: D.C. Circuit Finds Internal Fraud Investigation Materials May Be Privileged in Whistleblower Litigation

Reversing a federal district court ruling ordering the production, to a whistleblower, of a company’s internal fraud investigation files, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has held that the attorney-client privilege protects such documents if “one of the significant purposes” of the investigation was to obtain or provide legal advice.   Click here for more information.

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Katherikatherine-coylene G. Coyle to Receive University of Tulsa Distinguished Alumni Award

Katherine G. Coyle, partner in the firm’s Tulsa office, will receive the University of Tulsa’s Distinguished Alumni Award during the college’s homecoming festivities this fall.  Introduced in 1972, The University of Tulsa Alumni Association annually presents accomplished alumni with the Association’s highest honor – The Distinguished Alumni Award.

This award is given to recognize outstanding achievement by an alumnus or alumna in a particular discipline, organization or cause. Distinguished Alumni honorees are a great credit to The University of Tulsa and all alumni share in the celebration of their collective achievements.

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daniel_gomezDaniel E. Gomez Named to Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy

Daniel Gomez, attorney in the firm’s Tulsa office, has been selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association to participate in the 2014 Class of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy.  This academy is highly selection–only 75 were selected from applicants and nominees across the nation.  Daniel’s selection truly is an honor, in view of the competitive nature of the selection process and the nationwide scope of the program.  The academy will be conducted June 26-28 in Minneapolis. The program speakers will include corporate leaders, judges, and national bar association leaders.

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Six Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

Six attorneys from Conner & Winters were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by  Best Lawyers in America.  The honorees are: Randall Mock (OKC) for Corporate Law; Kiran Phansalkar (OKC) for Real Estate Litigation; John Reeves (OKC) for Oil and Gas Law; Gary Betow (Tulsa) for Banking and Finance; Bob Curry (Tulsa) for Securities Regulation and Ray Patton for Corporate Governance Law.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.  Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers  with thousands of leading lawyers each year.

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