Supreme Court Strikes Down “No Pay No Play” Law
In a case where Joseph Norwood was trial and appellate counsel, the Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a published opinion, found a law unconstitutional that deprived auto collision victims their right to recover damages in court. The law, referred to as “no play, no pay” was one of several laws former Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin campaigned on in her first election for governor.
The laws were pushed by insurance industry interests and would have saved them millions while depriving injury victims of their ability to access the courts. Because the law affected thousands of Oklahomans and because of the political implications, the case received significant attention.