Legal Archive

Someone's Son Is Dead (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

I'm not a doctor or lawyer, but I am the only journalist who tried to warn the public about Dr. Richard Johns, so I'm hereby granting myself license to pour out my heart in a way that is — as I was reminded by the lawyer for the State Medical Board — “not objective.”

Vacancy Rate Declines in Central Arkansas Office Space

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for office space in central Arkansas continued its decline in the first quarter of 2015, falling to 8.4 percent compared with 8.8 percent in fourth-quarter 2014 and 11.1 percent in the year-earlier quarter, first-quarter 2014, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Big Companies, Big Revenue: 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Bring In $32.8B

by Gwen Moritz 5/25/2015 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $32.8 billion in their most recent fiscal years, up nearly 7 percent in a year.

Firm Tells Court Arkansas Should Return $1.3M in Gas Tax

by Associated Press 5/22/2015 07:49 am

A Texas-based company is asking Arkansas' highest court to require the state to return more than $1.3 million in taxes it collected on sand that was used in natural gas drilling.

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/21/2015 11:01 am

The selection committee for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2016 class of inductees.

Update: Little Rock Clinic, Pharmacy Raided in Prescription Drug Crackdown

by Associated Press 5/20/2015 04:21 pm

Federal drug agents raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday, wrapping up what a federal official called a long-running crackdown on prescription drug abuse.

ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

by Associated Press 5/20/2015 11:22 am

ConAgra Foods has agreed to pay $11.2 million in criminal fines and forfeitures to settle a charge that the company shipped salmonella-tainted Peter Pan peanut butter from its Georgia plant more than eight years ago.

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

Arkansas Business Wrote About Police Investigating Richard Johns in 2012

by Lance Turner 5/19/2015 11:35 am

Arkansas Business readers have had reason to be wary of Little Rock internist Dr. Richard Johns, who's been arrested and charged with more than 180 counts of fraudulent practices.

Justices Make It Easier to Sue over 401(k) Retirement Plans

by Associated Press 5/18/2015 10:53 am

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

Monticello Fights Back in $10M Water Project Case

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 10:15 am

The city of Monticello filed its counterclaim on Friday against the Illinois contractor hired for a $10 million water project.

Ex-Lonoke County Assessor Faces Credit Card Fraud Charge

by Associated Press 5/18/2015 07:06 am

Authorities say a former Lonoke County assessor faces charges including credit card fraud and property theft.

Arkansas Judge Reprimanded after Divorce Case

by Associated Press 5/18/2015 07:05 am

An Arkansas district court judge has been reprimanded after he said he forgot about a divorce case that took him 20 months to rule on.

Affiliated Foods Bankruptcy Case Lingers with U.S. Bank Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Earlier this month, Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc. entered its seventh year in bankruptcy court. Affiliated Foods, once one of the state's largest private companies, reported $47.6 million in assets and $101.5 million in debt — $62.5 million of it unsecured — when it filed for bankruptcy on May 5, 2009.

Mountain Pure Sues Supplier for Selling Resin Mixed With Metal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Even though the assets of the water bottling company were sold last year after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse, John Stacks retained control of the shell of the company.

Restaurateur Bruno Beqiri Pleads Guilty to Hot Check Charge

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Long-time central Arkansas restaurateur Bruno Beqiri of Bruno's Italian Bistro on Thursday entered a negotiated plea of guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court to what had been a felony hot check charge.

Kim Kirkman Moves Up at Harding's American Studies Insitute (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Kim Kirkman has been named associate executive director of the American Studies Institute at Harding University in Searcy, replacing Bob Reely, who has held the position for 26 years.

Concerns Voiced About Red Alert Proposal in John Rogers Case

by George Waldon 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The $28 million cash offer to acquire the photo archives and sports memorabilia assets once owned by John Rogers has drawn objections and cautionary filings.

Kohl's Store Rings Up $9 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/18/2015 12:00 am

An 89,724-SF department store in Sherwood weighed in at $9 million. An 18,680-SF electrical subcontracting complex in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $636,000 transaction. And an 8,316-SF commercial building in west Pulaski County changed hands in a $506,096 foreclosure sale.

With End to Lawsuits, Larry Crain Sells Stations

by Sean Beherec 5/18/2015 12:00 am

All of the pending litigation that Little Rock businessman Larry Crain was entangled with earlier this year has been resolved, opening the door to the sale of two radio stations.