Oklahoma earthquake lawsuit moves to class-action status

Earthquake damage

OKLAHOMA CITY –  Central Oklahoma residents won’t get a trial this fall for a case against an oil company accused of triggering earthquakes that damaged homes and buildings.

The Journal Record reports that a Cleveland County judge outlined rules for the class-action case that Jennifer Lin Cooper brought against New Dominion LLC. The judge issued a journal entry July 13 on the limited class certification, which allows the defendant to begin an appeal process.

The lawsuit alleges that New Dominion’s wastewater disposal operations caused a swarm of earthquakes in November 2011, including a magnitude 5.7 quake in Prague that affected more than 170 homes.

A trial was initially scheduled for September, but Cooper’s attorney told the judge earlier he’d agree to remove the trial if it was certified.