Legal Archive

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Challenge Arkansas Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:19 pm

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Ruling: Faulkner County Judge Can Remain on Ballot

by Associated Press 4/16/2014 08:35 am

Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension.

Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:05 pm

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities.

Netflix's Deal With Comcast Improves Streaming Video Quality

by Associated Press 4/14/2014 02:56 pm

Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to tolls Netflix pays Comcast for a more direct connection to its network.

Three More Banks Sue Dennis Smiley Over Loans

by George Waldon 4/14/2014 12:29 pm

Three more lenders have joined the growing line of banks suing former Arvest Bank executive H. Dennis Smiley Jr. of Rogers.

Arkansas GOP to Intervene in Voter ID Lawsuit

by Associated Press 4/14/2014 09:26 am

A state judge is allowing the Arkansas Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under a new voter ID law.

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012.

NWA Housing Rebound Cheers Homebuilders

by Marty Cook 4/14/2014 12:00 am

The housing collapse and subsequent recession were body blows to housing developments in northwest Arkansas, but now, there are signs of life and hope.

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

Rickenbach Indictment Reveals More Details of One Bank Under Scooter Stuart

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

One Bank & Trust's foolhardy loan of $1.5 million to a penny-stock operator resulted in a federal criminal indictment of former EVP Gary Rickenbach. But a second indictment brings new revelations about the management mess there under the late Layton “Scooter” Stuart.

Henry Management Still On the Hook for Plaza Towers

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

According to a judgment filed last week in U.S District Court, Henry Management stills owes hundreds of thousands of dollars on Plaza Towers Apartments.

Steve Standridge Trial in Western District Delayed Until September

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/14/2014 12:00 am

The trial of Steve Standridge, the former insurance agent from Mount Idea, which was scheduled to start April 3 in El Dorado, has been delayed until Sept. 8.

Judge Refuses to Halt Wal-Mart Proxy Distribution

by Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:32 am

A federal judge in Delaware refused on Friday to issue an injunction prohibiting Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include a Manhattan church parish's proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Lafayette County Treasurer Indicted for Stealing $162,000, Pleads Not Guilty

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2014 02:54 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted the Lafayette County treasurer on two counts tied to embezzling at least $162,000 from the Lafayette County Treasurer's Office.

Judge Denies Martha Shoffner's Request for Attorney

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 02:51 pm

A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.

Court: Flood Victim Families Right in Law Reading

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2014 07:39 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their interpretation of a state law the federal government is trying to use to strike down lawsuits over the deaths.

Bank of Fayetteville Sues Dennis Smiley, Arvest Bank

by Mark Friedman 4/10/2014 04:46 pm

The Bank of Fayetteville sued former banker H. Dennis Smiley Jr. of Rogers on Monday to collect nearly $480,000 owed for defaulted loans. It also named Smiley's former employer, Arvest Bank, as a defendant. Sources have told Arkansas Business that Smiley is facing a criminal investigation into allegations of loan fraud.