That Stratton Taylor letter


Here it is, courtesy of a kind reader of this site. Click here for the letter itself, or follow the link below for a text version.

Thank you, Senator Taylor, for bringing frivolous lawsuit reform front and center in the political debate.

Something that amuses me about this letter -- the helpful note that Taylor's firm has an office just across the border from Texas in Durant. As you drive across the border into Arkansas, you find tattoo parlors, a service illegal in our state. Drive north into Kansas and border convenience stores sell lottery tickets to Oklahomans, unattainable in their hometown. And the first thing to greet your eyes as you cross the Red River into Texas on I-35 is a shop that appears to be designed to attract Oklahomans in search of literature and paraphernalia not legally available in the Sooner State. So now lawyers will set up "hot tort" shops in Oklahoma border towns, luring Texans across the Red River with promises of big settlements, the kind they can't get in Texas anymore.

Enough of that -- here's the letter.

TAYLOR, BURRAGE, FOSTER, MALLETT, DOWNS, & RAMSEY A Professional Corporation 400 West Fourth Street P. O. Box 309 Claremore OK 74018

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Dear ATLA Colleague:

With recent events that have occurred in Texas, you may be looking to file cases in Oklahoma. I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce our law firm.

I am President Pro Tempore Emeritus of the Oklahoma State Senate. I am in my 25th year as a member of the Legislature. For eight (8) years I was President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, which is the leader of the Senate. I have been involved in cases throughout Oklahoma and hav ethe largest jury verdict in history in Rogers County, which was a $10 Million personal injury verdict in a trucking accident.

Our firm also has been active in class actions, successfully settling several class actions in different counties in Oklahoma in the past few years.

We also have former Federal Judge Michael Burrage as of counsel to our firm. Judge Burrage recently left the federal bench where he was Chief Judge in the Eastern District and was also assigned to the Northern District in addition to having sat in the Western District.

We have offices in Metropolitan Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Durant, which is located just north of Sherman, Texas. We would be pleased to assist you in any cases you may want to file in Oklahoma. Please feel free to contact me or my law partner, Sean Burrage, at your convenience if you have cases that fit that category.

Sincerely yours,

Stratton Taylor

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