Legal Archive

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

Royalty Owners Haul Exxon Subsidiary XTO to Court Over Royalties

by Mark Friedman 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Independence County plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit that XTO wasn't getting the highest price possible for natural gas because it was selling the product to its own subsidiary, Cross Timbers Energy Services Inc., at below-market prices.

Some Are More Equal Than Others (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In at least three cases, politically well-connected Faulkner County couples were able to keep their divorce filings from public release. The divorce files of disgraced former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, former state Sen. Gilbert Baker and Conway Deputy City Attorney Chuck Clawson were sealed in such a way that the very existence of the petitions were kept secret from public for reasons that no one seemed willing to explain.

John Rogers Asks for Dismissal of Brace Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

North Little Rock sports memorabilia dealer John Rogers denied the allegations of breaching a contract with a photographic estate and asked for a dismissal in Pulaski County Circuit Court last week.

Rabo AgriFinance Inc. Files Suit Against Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 03:10 pm

An agriculture finance company has filed a lawsuit against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its executives, alleging breach of contract and saying Turner owes it nearly $1 million.

Arkansas Supreme Court Orders Immediate Removal of Judge Mike Maggio

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/11/2014 11:29 am

Arkansas' highest court has ordered the immediate removal of Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio from office in addition to his lifetime ban from the bench.

Oral Arguments Set Over Measure to Legalize Alcohol Sales in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 10:42 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in the lawsuit challenging a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 of the state's counties.

Arkansas State to Change Helmet Decals After Complaint

by Lance Turner 9/10/2014 02:52 pm

Arkansas State University will modify helmet decals that honor former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer after receiving a complaint that the decal in the shape of a cross is a violation of the separation of church and state.

Big River Steel Gets Extension in Nucor Lawsuit Over Mill

by Associated Press 9/10/2014 10:36 am

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas. The lawsuit filed by Nucor Steel seeks to block Big River Steel from building its $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola.

Arkansas Holding Annual Prescription Drug Summit

by Associated Press 9/10/2014 08:35 am

More than 600 medical professionals, pharmacists, law enforcement officers and educators are gathering in Arkansas for the state's third annual summit on prescription drug abuse.

Mark Martin Asks State's High Court to Dismiss Alcohol Sales Lawsuit

by Associated Press 9/9/2014 04:59 pm

Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block from the November ballot a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all 75 of the state's counties.

Our Community, Our Dollars Files Appeal Over Saline County Alcohol Vote

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 04:25 pm

A local option ballot question committee, funded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Kum & Go of West Des Moines, Iowa, appeals to the Arkansas Supreme Court seeking to allow Saline County residents to vote on legalizing retail alcohol sales.

Mike Beebe Appoints 58 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 02:58 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announces 58 appointments to state boards and commissions.

First Arkansas Bank Sues NLR Businessman John Rogers for $14.2M

by George Waldon 9/8/2014 01:46 pm

First Arkansas Bank & Trust has sued to collect $14.2 million from North Little Rock businessman John Rogers. Meanwhile, Rogers is no longer involved in day-to-day operations of the photo archive and sports memorabilia venture and hasn't been for more than six months, according to Mac Hogan, who's now running the business.

Acme CFO, Employees Sue Berkshire Hathaway For Cutting Benefits

by Lance Turner 9/8/2014 01:38 pm

Acme Brick's CFO, an Acme employee and an Acme retiree have filed a class-action lawsuit against the brick company's owner, Warren Buffett's Berkshire-Hathaway, saying the company broke its promise not to cut retirement benefits to Acme employees.

Treasury to Limit Profitability of Corporate Inversions

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 11:32 am

The Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday.

Sebastian County Adopts Photo, Video Policy for Deputies

by Associated Press 9/8/2014 10:30 am

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has adopted a written policy on how its deputies should respond to people recording them on the job.

Toymaker Redman's Rough History Doesn't Deter State Investment

by Marty Cook 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The state's top economic development official said he has no undue concerns about a $2 million taxpayer investment in Redman & Associates, despite the CEO's bankruptcy a decade ago and subsequent litigation, including a lawsuit related to the product the company is manufacturing in Rogers.

Turner Grain's Jason Coleman Hires Attorney

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It looks like the defendants of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley will begin to mount their defense.

No Banking Future for Former First Southern CEO Woody Castleberry

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Thanks to the fraud of convicted former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis, Woody Castleberry will never work in banking again. Castleberry told us last week that his settlement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was finally approved. He won't have to pay a penalty, but he agreed never to be involved in banking again.