Legal Archive

Date Delayed for Deepwater Horizon Fake Will Trial

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

The trial date has been moved to Sept. 11 for the Camden real estate agent who was indicted for allegedly creating a fake will for a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon explosion who later died in an auto accident.

More Guilty Pleas Made in Richard Johns Pill Mill Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/20/2017 12:00 am

As expected, David Larue Scroggins of Cabot pleaded guilty last week to buying and reselling fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions from Richard Johns

The Influencers: Darrin Williams of Southern Bancorp

by George Waldon 3/20/2017 12:00 am

As CEO of Southern Bancorp, Williams, 48, oversees blending the two worlds of a for-profit lender and a nonprofit community development financial institution.

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/20/2017 12:00 am

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III.

Stop Payday Lending – Again (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/20/2017 12:00 am

Arkansans have repeatedly affirmed at the ballot box that they oppose predatory lending, but two state legislators are trying to make it easier for predatory lenders to operate.

Concealed Weapons Bill Awaits Asa Hutchinson's Signature

by Associated Press 3/16/2017 06:49 am

Permit holders who receive active shooting training would be able to carry concealed weapons almost anywhere in Arkansas, even the state Capitol, under a measure lawmakers sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday.

Arkansas Bill Allows Companies to Sue Over Secret Videos

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/15/2017 03:51 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill that would let companies sue anyone, including employees, if they share a secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. The bill was set up to target agricultural practices but opponents say it goes too far and could threaten nearly all whistleblowers.

In Win for Solar, PSC Allows Grandfathering for Net Metering Customers

by Kyle Massey 3/15/2017 11:50 am

In a significant decision for solar energy, Arkansans who now get credit on their utility bills for electricity they generate at their homes and businesses will be able to continue at current rates for 20 years.

Secret Police Possible at Arkansas Capitol, Perhaps Colleges

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/14/2017 03:47 pm

The agency that protects Arkansas' state Capitol and grounds now has the authority to operate in secret after the governor let a Freedom of Information exemption become law without his signature.

Arkansas House Panel Advances Campus Gun Bill

by Associated Press 3/14/2017 01:00 pm

A bill that would allow people with a concealed carry license to carry their firearms at Arkansas colleges, some bars and many state buildings if they undergo additional training has advanced out of a House committee.

Nominate by Friday for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2017 11:14 am

Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.

New Loan in the Works for K Lofts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

A new loan from an Alabama lender for the long dormant K Lofts development in downtown Little Rock was supposed to close last week.

Shipley's Donuts Seeks Finalization of SWLR Building Sale

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

The Shipley's Donuts in south Little Rock is going to U.S. Bankruptcy Court to buy its building.

Misconduct Allegations Shadowed Richard Johns

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Richard Johns, the internist who pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone prescriptions, first appeared in Arkansas Business in September 2012 for a completely different reason:

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

Trust, but Verify (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/13/2017 12:00 am

This week is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to public information and open government. It's timely, considering that the 91st General Assembly has been busily chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, already less robust than it was when it was a national model 50 years ago.

Class-Action Blue Diamond Settlement Challenged in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 3/13/2017 12:00 am

A New York attorney said he is coming to Washington County Circuit Court later this month to challenge a class-action settlement against the makers of Blue Diamond almond products that he said is unfair to class members.

Golden Bankruptcy Reveals Allcorp Deal

by George Waldon 3/13/2017 12:00 am

A possible bank stock sale and details of a legal settlement are part of the bankruptcy narrative in the 66-page Chapter 7 filed by Lex and Ellen Golden of Little Rock.

Teresa Richardson Accepts ABCBS Promotion (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Teresa Richardson has been promoted to manager of product implementation for continuous quality improvement at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock.

Arkansas 'Bathroom Bill' Would Cover Government Buildings

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/7/2017 07:13 am

An Arkansas lawmaker proposed prohibiting people from using bathrooms in government buildings that do not match their gender at birth.

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