Legal Archive

Biggest Deals in Arkansas Rise 11 Percent in 2016

by Jan Cottingham 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Both the value and the volume of mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas rose last year, with the value increasing 11 percent to $9.8 billion and the volume rising 10 percent to 92.

Searcy Upgrades Infrastructure for Chance at New 'Power Center' for Shopping

by George Waldon 2/20/2017 12:00 am

Public, private and public-private developments representing tens of millions of dollars in construction are in motion in Searcy. Three projects highlighting each category alone tally more than $42 million.

Former Supreme Court Justice Joins Family's Law Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2017 01:37 pm

Former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Paul Danielson has joined the Danielson Law Firm.

AP: DHS Weighed National Guard for Immigration Roundups

by Garance Burke, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 11:21 am

The plan includes four states that border on Mexico, but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Arkansas, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Arkansas Senate OKs Amendment Asking Voters to Limit Damages

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 07:37 am

A plan to ask Arkansas voters to limit damages awarded in lawsuits and give the Legislature control over court rules was approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite criticism from opponents who call the move an attempt by lawmakers to take over the judicial system.

Arkansas Senate Adds Training Requirement to Campus-Gun Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/17/2017 07:35 am

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to require college and university employees who want to carry concealed handguns on campus to first undergo additional training, prompting a Republican lawmaker to expand the campus-carry proposal to allow some students and visitors to participate.

InVeritas CEO Announces Jury Selection Service Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2017 10:12 am

A new firm is taking a data-driven approach to jury selection and litigation support in an effort to better engineer successful courtroom outcomes.

Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Bill Requiring Colleges to Allow Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/16/2017 06:55 am

An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, rejecting a proposal to make employees who want to be armed undergo additional training.

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Take Arkansas Birth Certificate Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/15/2017 02:27 pm

Attorneys are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Arkansas ruling preventing married same-sex couples from getting the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order.

Arkansas GOP Lawmakers Work on Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/15/2017 06:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Tuesday they're working on a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, despite warnings from the Republican governor that such a measure isn't needed and could harm the state.

Arkansas Business Recognizes Finalists of 29th Annual Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Surety Bonds and Marijuana Dispensaries (Todd Bryant Commentary)

by Todd Bryant 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Among the requirements for the medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Arkansas is a medical marijuana surety bond.

Lonoke County 'Pill Mill' Case Set for March

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

The charges against Richard Johns, the suspended Little Rock physician charged with running a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, will not be dismissed and his claim that evidence was collected illegally was rejected.

Welspun Loses Insurance Case Over Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently ruled Welspun Pipe's insurance carrier doesn't have to pay the pipe manufacturer $13.5 million for a loss tied to a 2012 fire at its Little Rock plant.

Brett Myers Files Motion To Withdraw as John Rogers' Attorney

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Brett Myers of Dallas represented Rogers in a string of civil lawsuits in Pulaski County Circuit Court. He has now filed motions to withdraw as Rogers' attorney, citing “a breakdown in the professional attorney-client relationship.”

Texarkana Convention Center Could Soon Change Hands

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/13/2017 12:00 am

Texarkana Hotels, owned by Dr. Hiren D. Patel, has entered into a $6.6 million purchase agreement with James J. Naples, and will be seeking the court's approval of the sale.

Punishment for John Goodson Gets New Look on Appeal

by Mark Friedman 2/13/2017 12:00 am

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last week to determine if a sanction will stand against attorney John Goodson of Texarkana and four other lawyers found to have engaged in “forum shopping” in an Arkansas class-action case.

Update: State Chamber Behind Bill to Clarify Workplace Terms of Marijuana Law

by Sarah Campbell 2/10/2017 12:45 pm

A bill backed by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce to amend the state's new medical marijuana law was filed Monday by state Rep. Carlton Wing, R-North Little Rock.

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Taxes in Arkansas in March

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/10/2017 11:20 am

Amazon says it will begin collecting sales taxes on purchases in Arkansas, a move that lawmakers have said could bring millions in additional revenue to the state.

State Supreme Court Weighs Future of Fayetteville's LGBT Protections

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/9/2017 11:49 am

Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity flies in the face of a 2015 state law that was intended to prevent local LGBT protections.