SWOSU Sayre Receives $50,000 from Class Action Lawsuit


Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Sayre will benefit from $50,000 that resulted from a class action distribution in a Beckham County lawsuit. Mart Tisdal (front second from left) presents the check to SWOSU President Randy Beutler. Also on hand for the presentation were (front from left) SWOSU Sayre Dean Sherron Manning and Pat O’Hara. Back from left—SWOSU Provost Blake Sonobe, Patrick O’Hara, Jr., and SWOSU Finance & Administration Vice President Tom Fagan. Tisdal and the two O’Hara’s are from Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC, which was the class counsel for the case.

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation is the recipient of $50,000 from a class action distribution from a lawsuit in Beckham County. The monies will benefit the SWOSU-Sayre campus.

Mart Tisdal, Pat O’Hara and Patrick O’Hara, Jr., of Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC, recently made the presentation to SWOSU President Randy Beutler. The funds were approved for distribution to SWOSU by District Judge Doug Haught as part of a cy pres class action distribution from Dodson v. Phillips Petroleum.

The money will be used for capital improvements on the SWOSU campus in Sayre, according to SWOSU-Sayre Dean Sherron Manning. SWOSU at Sayre was founded as Sayre Junior College in 1938 and in 1987 was merged with Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The Sayre campus primarily serves western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle and offers Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in both general and specialized areas of study.

“We appreciate the court seeking to help educational entities as a result of this lawsuit,” Beutler said. “These monies will help immensely in improving facilities at the Sayre campus.”  

Tisdal said SWOSU received the funds because the cy pres doctrine is often utilized by courts when funds are not being distributed to individual class members.  Funds from the case are being distributed to multiple educational and civic recipients in addition to SWOSU at Sayre.

The distributions came as a direct result of the resolution of the case by class counsel Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC.