Following are excerpts from media and newspaper outlets covering some of the diverse cases the lawyers at Eddy Law Firm have handled over the years.
Taxpayers Will Pay Settlement
The Daily Oklahoma - Thursday, September 9, 2004
Taxpayers must pay the $99,450 settlement in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against District 2 Oklahoma County Commissioner Jack Cornett by his former chief deputy. The agreement with Richard Warren, Jr. brings the total payout over Cornett's firings to $541,450. The settlement with Warren includes a letter written by the commissioner's chairman, Stan Inman, thanking him for his "competent service" to citizens and expressing regret over his termination. "A lot of things were said and false accusations made about him," said Rand C. Eddy, Warren's attorney. "He did a good job over there and ended up leaving under terrible circumstances."
"Jack Cornett is going out now," Eddy said. "And the new commissioners are doing an excellent job responding to these settlements and taking appropriate measures to ensure these things don't happen in the future."
Article published Oct 22, 2005 in the Muskogee Phoenix
Ex-workers get $300K settlement
County employees were fired hours after commissioner was sworn in
Four former Muskogee County workers, fired within hours of District 2 County Commissioner Ronnie Pevehouse being sworn in, settled a civil rights lawsuit against Pevehouse and the county Friday for $300,000.
Taxpayers will be responsible for 25 percent of that settlement, and the county’s insurer will pay 75 percent, Muskogee County Commission Chairman Gene Wallace said.
Records show the Oklahoma City attorney representing the fired Muskogee County workers won a similar suit on behalf of two Oklahoma County District 2 employees in December 2002 that cost Oklahoma county taxpayers more than $440,000. The county was self-insured at the time, and household taxes had to be raised in 2003 to pay off that judgment.
Article published January 22, 2005 in the Oklahoman
Judge OKs kosher jail meals
Plaintiffs may seek to make lawsuit apply to all inmates.
A federal judge Friday ruled three state prison inmates have a First Amendment right to eat kosher food paid for by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
The inmate’s attorney, Rand C. Eddy, said the recent ruling may provide his clients the impetus to seek class-action status for their lawsuit. With such status, future rulings would apply to all Orthodox Jewish inmates in Oklahoma.
In Friday’s order, U.S. District Judge Lee R. West found the three inmates’ right to freely exercise their Orthodox Jewish religion outweighs state expenses in providing such meals.
Current Case Load
Among others, Mr. Rand is currently representing clients in litigation against Canadian County Board of County Commissions and Judge Gary Miller, Rogers County Board of County Commissioners and a Tulsa County District Judge.
Taxpayers Hit With Bill In Lawsuits
The Daily Oklahoma - 2002
A $422,000 judgment will be added to the tax bills of Oklahoma County residents next year to settle claims by two former county employees who say there were victims of a political vendetta. The judgment, one of the highest in the history of Oklahoma County government, has some critics saying it's time to reform the county's hiring practices. The first check to ex-employees Leta Dyer and Susan Weaver and their attorney, Rand Eddy, were distributed last week. The women allege the political vendetta was carried out by Jack Cornett, who was elected in 200 to represent District 2.
County Needs Personnel Office, Official Says
The Daily Oklahoman, December 23, 2002
The recent $422,000 settlement between Oklahoma County commissioners and two ex-employees is one of the highest in county commissioner said it could have been prevented if the county had a personnel office and better hiring policies. The judgment tops a $335,000 wrongful termination settlement in the 1998 involving employees who claimed they were fired because of heir race.
Hospital Ordered to Pay In Sex Discrimination Suit
The Daily Oklahoma - Friday, January 17, 1997
Hillcrest Health Center was ordered to pay more than $580,000 to a former mental health unit director for paying her less than men in comparable jobs there, a jury ruled Thursday.
The jury awarded punitive damages of $350,000 for retaliation and discrimination based on psychologist Diane Bower. They also awarded back pay of $73,761 and another $100,000 for emotional suffering and pain. Actual damages of $28,300 were awarded for the hospital's violation of the federal Equal Pay Act.
Besides arguing that Bower was paid less than her male colleagues, her attorneys presented evidence that she was punished for refusing to retaliate against another woman under her supervision who complained of sex discrimination. Rand C. Eddy, representing Bower, said he thinks the testimony of women who are current and former Hillcrest employees was key in the verdict.
Officers Cleared in Death: Widow Loses Suit
The Daily Oklahoman
A federal civil jury on Wednesday ruled in favor of three Oklahoma City police officers accused of using excessive force in the shooting death of a Mexican man last year.
Rand Eddy, Oklahoma City assistant municipal counselor, and Robert Manchester, attorney for the police officers, argued that the officer had no choice but to shoot. The victim was lunging at the officer with what was perceived as some sort of edged weapon. . . Jurors said afterward they were not sure what happened the night the victim was killed, but that they didn't believe the plaintiffs had proved their case. They also said the victim's actions, which one juror called "too illogical" led to the shooting.
Man Found Innocent in Woman's Strangulation
The Saturday Oklahoma & Times, June 11, 1988
Jurors Friday night acquitted a murder defendant because of insufficient evidence he was the individual who beat and strangled a woman at an Oklahoma City motel. Ronald Ray Smith - his face wet with tears - said afterward, "I plan on straightening out . . . (my life) if I can get a chance.
The jury foreman and jurors acquitted Smith because the prosecution could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Smith, 51 was accused of beating and strangling Kathy Jo Silverthorn in a room at the myriad Motor Inn. Silverthorn was the girlfriend of a friend Smith had visited earlier in the day. The chief evidence against Smith was two hand prints on the motel room's bathtub. The death penalty had been sought.
Defense attorneys Rand Eddy and Cindy Foley told jurors Smith could have left the hand prints on the bathtub when he visited his friend and used the toilet. During the trial, defense attorneys argued evidence pointed to another suspect.
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