The Norman Transcript

July 12, 2013

Alabama court bars lawsuit in Okla. airplane crash

Associated Press
The Associated Press

NORMAN — Alabama’s highest court says a lawsuit involving a deadly Oklahoma airplane crash is time-barred and must be dismissed.

Friday’s ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court involves the July 24, 2005, crash of a twin-engine airplane in Ada that killed three members of a prominent Oklahoma family.

Killed were Harland Brent Stonecipher, a pilot for a company then known as Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.; his wife, Tina Lynn Stonecipher, and their 11-year-old daughter Nicole Ann Stonecipher. Harland Stonecipher was the son of Pre-Paid’s founder, also named Harland Stonecipher. The company is now known as LegalShield.

Litigation involving the crash has been handled in Alabama, and a lawsuit filed in 2007 was settled. But the Supreme Court says another filed in 2011 is barred by that state’s two-year statute of limitations.