Welcome to the Cooper v. New Dominion LLC Class Action Website

If you are a citizen of Oklahoma and owned a residence or commercial real estate property in Lincoln, Payne, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Okfuskee, or Creek counties in Oklahoma between November 5th through 8th, 2011, and your property or properties suffered earthquake damages from earthquakes near Prague, Oklahoma on November 5th, 6th, and 8th, of 2011, you are a member of a class certified only for a trial of particular issues. The particular issues include, among others, whether New Dominion, LLC's wastewater disposal operations caused the earthquakes.

 

You are a member of the Class if you meet the following definition:

All persons who are Oklahoma citizens and owning a business or residential real estate property in Lincoln, Payne, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Okfuskee, and Creek counties in Oklahoma (the “Class Area”) between November 5th through 8th, 2011, and which suffered earthquake damages to such properties from the earthquakes with epicenters near Prague, Oklahoma and occurring on or about November 5th, 6th, and 8th, of 2011.

IMPORTANT DATES

Exclusion Deadline: August 27, 2021

Class Trial: October 18, 2021

THE NATURE OF THE CASE

A class action lawsuit was filed in Lincoln County alleging that earthquakes allegedly caused by nearby oil and gas wastewater disposal well operations occurred near Prague, Oklahoma, on November 5th, 6th, and 8th, of 2011. More specifically, the case asserts that New Dominion, LLC (“New Dominion”) and Spess Oil Company, among others, were responsible for these earthquakes, and alleges that the earthquakes caused damage to properties in Lincoln, Payne, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Okfuskee, or Creek counties. New Dominion denies that its operations caused the earthquakes.

District Judge Lori Walkley, sitting by assignment for the District Court of Lincoln County, is the presiding judge. Judge Walkley has not made any decisions regarding the merits of this case. A trial is scheduled to begin on the particular issues that the class has been certified for on October 18, 2021, in Judge Walkley’s courtroom at the District Court of Cleveland County in Norman, Oklahoma.

The trial on the particular issues will not result in an award of damages for any member of the class, or provide for punitive damages. Instead, the purpose of the class action trial is to determine, among other issues, whether the earthquakes near Prague in 2011 were caused or contributed to by New Dominion. There is no money available now and no guarantee that there ever will be.

 

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS LAWSUIT

STAY IN THE CLASS

 

If you are included in the lawsuit and wish to remain a member of the Class, you do not have to do anything. If you choose not to exclude yourself as a member of the Class, then any determinations finally entered in this lawsuit on the particular issues certfied for the class, favorable or not, will be binding on you.

APPEAR IN THE LAWSUIT

If you wish to appear in the case or have your attorney do so for you, you  must file the appearance in the Clerk’s office as instructed here.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE CLASS

 

If you wish to exclude yourself from being a member of the Class, you may file a simple statement that you wish to exclude yourself from the Class. IMPORTANTLY, you must postmark or file your exclusion from the Class with the Clerk’s office by August 27, 2021. By excluding yourself from the Class, you are saying you do not want your right to bring your own lawsuit for damages from the earthquakes near Prague in November of 2011 to be affected by the determination of particular issues finally entered in this class action lawsuit.

OBSERVE THE CLASS TRIAL

You may observe the jury trial of the particualy issues that the class has been certified for. The trial is set to begin on October 18, 2021, in Judge Walkley’s courtroom in the District Court located at 201 S. Jones Ave., Norman, Oklahoma 73069.