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Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency
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Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements.
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Women Doctors Sue Veterans Affairs Over Unequal Pay

Two women emergency room doctors at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock have sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly not paying them the same as men in the same position.
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Video: Turner Grain Paid Farmer for Wheat But Not Corn

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News takes a look at the still-unfolding Turner Grain Merchandising situation, talking to one farmer who says he's owed money by Turner for corn the company purchased.
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Former Little Rock Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty; Scam Cost Government $1.1M

Christopher T. Craig pleaded guilty to just two cases of diverting tax payments to himself, but he admitted that the loss to the government was much greater.
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Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

A legal case between Dr. Eren Erdem and Dr. Scott Schlesinger serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of having a contract in place and how quickly a friendship can sour when money is involved. read more >

Scooter Stuart's Tainted Assets Draw More Fire

This year's number of new lawsuits surrounding the controversial business affairs of the late Layton “Scooter” Stuart indicates the rancor is only growing. read more >

Don't Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

Through no fault of their own, a growing number of farmers — at least a dozen at last count — are spending time in lawyers' offices rather than in the field, crafting civil suits to claim whatever assets may ultimately be left when the dust settles on Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea. Over the past 40 years, lawmakers have tried to strike a balance between defending research and advancements while dissuading offensive use of patents that negatively impact our economy. read more >

David Henry Home Set for Thursday Auction at Pulaski County Courthouse

In addition to a five-year prison sentence for mail fraud and tax evasion, attorney David Henry Sr. forfeited his Little Rock home as part of a restitution plan to pay back $1.02 million. read more >

One Bank Makes Claim on Branch Property Titled to Scooter Stuart Partnership

A lawsuit challenges who owns the OneBanc branch at 14711 Cantrell Road in west Little Rock. Real estate records indicate a general partnership called Bank Partners. One Bank & Trust claims it is the rightful owner. read more >

Report: FBI Investigating Turner Grain

The Central Delta Argus-Sun newspaper in Brinkley is reporting that the FBI is investigating Turner Grain Merchandising Inc., the grain buyer that two groups of farmers have sued over defaults on payments. read more >

Lonoke County Farmers Sue Turner Grain

Four farm companies in Lonoke County filed a sharply worded lawsuit Friday against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related companies that alleges fraud, theft by deception and breach of contract. read more >

In Lee County, Judge Hears Details of Turner Grain, Related Companies

A Lee County Circuit judge excuses a Dumas company from a blanket order issued last week in an attempt to preserve assets claimed by farmers who did business with Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley. read more >

King Coal Investigation Heating Up; FBI Executes New Search Warrant

The federal criminal investigation of King Coal LLC is apparently heating up again: A search-and-seizure warrant was executed Wednesday at the company's offices in Little Rock's Riverdale area, the FBI confirmed. read more >

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