OKLAHOMA CITY — An appeals court has breathed new life into a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma's former chief medical examiner that alleges he was wrongfully terminated.
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals on Friday revived the lawsuit filed by Dr. Collie Trant, who was fired in 2010 and died in March 2014 at the age of 65. Trant's family is now handling the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges the Oklahoma Board of Medicolegal Investigations wrongfully terminated Trant in violation of the state Open Meetings Act and the state constitution. Trant alleged he was dismissed in retaliation for trying to report wrongdoing.
An Oklahoma County judge dismissed the lawsuit. On Friday the appeals court upheld the dismissal of Trant's allegation of Open Meeting Act violations but reinstated Trant's constitutional claims and demand for back pay.