Oklahoma ends frivolous negligence claims by requiring proof of merit…

Oklahoma ends frivolous negligence claims by requiring proof of merit

Bill: SB1X (PDF)

Sponsored by House Speaker Shannon and Senate President Bingman, and signed into law in a 2013 special session by Gov. Fallin, SB1X states that plaintiffs filing negligence claims must first prove merit in a signed affidavit (“affidavits of merit”) before a lawsuit may proceed in court. Any civil action for negligence that is not filed with the affidavit being attached to the petition will be dismissed without prejudice, upon motion of the defendant, by the court.

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