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Punishment for John Goodson Gets New Look on Appeal

Punishment for John Goodson Gets New Look on Appeal

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last week to determine if a sanction will stand against attorney John Goodson of Texarkana and four other lawyers found to have engaged in “forum shopping” in an Arkansas class-action case.
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Lonoke County 'Pill Mill' Case Set for March

The charges against Richard Johns, the suspended Little Rock physician charged with running a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, will not be dismissed and his claim that evidence was collected illegally was rejected.
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Welspun Loses Insurance Case Over Fire

A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently ruled Welspun Pipe's insurance carrier doesn't have to pay the pipe manufacturer $13.5 million for a loss tied to a 2012 fire at its Little Rock plant.
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Blessings Neighbors Ben Burris, Matt Wait Drop Suits

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AP: DHS Weighed National Guard for Immigration Roundups

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Arkansas Senate OKs Amendment Asking Voters to Limit Damages

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