"It's very important to the class members and to my clients, and it allows the process to be as efficient as possible," said Scott Poynter, the attorney who is representing the affected home and business owners.
Sandra Ladra filed the suit against Tulsa-based New Dominion LLC; Cleveland, OK-based Spess Oil Co.; and 25 other unnamed companies. Ladra asked for more than $75,000 in actual damages, plus punitive damages.
On Friday morning, the suit was filed in Pawnee Nation District Court against 27 companies in an effort to recover damages and market value losses to tribal property stemming from the largest earthquake in state history.
Brockovich, an environmental activist and consumer advocate, said she isn’t asking the oil and natural gas industry to go away. She noted that many people here rely on those jobs, but she encouraged victims of man-made earthquakes to stand up for themselves.
As of Sept. 30, Only four insurance claims worth $24,232 have been paid out of the 274 claims filed for damage from the Sept. 3 earthquake, according to the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
On Tuesday, the Equalization Board will meet to certify the final general revenue estimate for fiscal year 2017, which begins on July 1.
Oklahomans whose homes and businesses have been rattled by earthquakes caused by injection wells said at the state Capitol on Friday that they want the shaking stopped immediately and want those responsible held accountable.
The high court says a Prague woman may sue injection well operators, including Tulsa-based New Dominion.
A lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed against two energy companies and unnamed defendants seeking damages for Oklahoma earthquake victims.
A case pending before the state Supreme Court pits two Oklahoma oil companies against a woman injured in the 2011 Prague earthquake. Her attorney says state courts should hear the lawsuit as they would any other case involving damages caused by pollution.