Legal Archive

Wal-Mart Bribery Case Creeps Along in Court

by Mark Friedman 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas ruled last month that a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico can move forward.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

Rob Noirot, Chris Green Join DataPath (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Rob Noirot has been hired as business relationship manager at DataPath Inc. of Little Rock, and Chris Green has been hired as national sales executive. Noirot previously worked in business banking and treasury management at U.S. Bank. Green was formerly a regional manager for George R. Douglas & Associates in Memphis.

Razorclean Closes Case Against O.J.'s

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Just as the Razorclean Maids Inc. lawsuit against O.J.'s Service Two Inc. of North Little Rock was about to get dirty with O.J.'s discovery requests, Razorclean asked that the case be withdrawn.

One Bank Sells Former Scooter Stuart House

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Syed and Ayesha Samad acquired the 12,350-SF mansion in west Little Rock's gated Hickory Creek neighborhood for $1.6 million.

Officials: Up to $100M Needed for New Prison

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/18/2014 07:57 am

Arkansas corrections officials told lawmakers Thursday they'll need up to $100 million to build a new prison and $25 million to operate it annually in order to ease prison overcrowding.

Rutledge: More Transparency on Outside Groups

by Associated Press 7/16/2014 02:48 pm

Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races after she won the Republican nomination in a contest where she was targeted heavily by two outside groups.

What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

by Associated Press 7/16/2014 11:31 am

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts?

Dustin McDaniel Reaches Settlement with National Police Defense Foundation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/15/2014 04:25 pm

The New-Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation has agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to Arkansas donors and to permanently stop fundraising activities in the state. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the settlement Tuesday.

Setback for Medical Pot Push in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/13/2014 05:58 pm

In 2012, by the slimmest of margins, Arkansas missed being the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana - less than 2 percent. Nearly two years later, another push to legalize the drug failed to even muster enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart for Crash That Killed 1 in New Jersey

by Associated Press 7/12/2014 10:47 am

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over a highway crash involving one of its drivers that left him seriously injured and a fellow comedian dead.

Opponents Say 12-Week Abortion Ban Won't Stand

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 04:10 pm

Arkansas is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent that abortion is legal until the point a fetus can live outside the womb, opponents of a state law that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy argued Thursday.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create 'Right to Farm'

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 01:56 pm

The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation's food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It's also possible that the right-to-farm idea could sputter as a merely symbolic gesture that carries little practical effect beyond driving up voter turnout in local elections.

Top Senate Democrat Blocks Votes on Gun Proposals

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 09:45 am

The legislation was seen as a political boon to Democratic senators from GOP-leaning states who co-sponsored the bill and face competitive re-election races this November. That included the chief Democratic sponsor, Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, plus co-sponsors Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Udall of Colorado.

Secretary of State: Don't Block Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 09:43 am

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.

Prosecutors Plan Appeal in Case of Brandon Barber's Attorney, K. Vaughn Knight

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2014 04:56 pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes' decision to throw out a jury's conviction of Knight on eight felony charges.

Arkansas Voters May Get to Decide on Minimum Wage, Alcohol Sales

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/7/2014 03:41 pm

Arkansas voters may have the chance this fall to decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage and expand alcohol sales, but won't get a vote on legalizing marijuana after Monday's deadline to qualify for the ballot passed.

Ballot Initiatives: No for Medical Marijuana, Yes for Expanded Alcohol, Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 11:12 am

A measure to legalize medical marijuana falls short of the signatures required to be placed on the November ballot, while initiatives to expands alcohol sales and raise the state minimum wage appear headed to the ballot.

OJ's, Razorclean Kick Up Dirt After Losing Bid Leads to Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Losing a bid in February to clean the headquarters of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department to Madre Hill's Razorclean Maids spurred O.J.'s Service Two owner Charles Hinson to launch his own investigation into his cleaning rival.

The Legal Pitfalls of LEED (J. Cliff McKinney II Expert Advice)

by J. Cliff McKinney II 7/7/2014 12:00 am

I am a major supporter of the LEED rating system and truly believe it is the best way to verify that a building is environmentally friendly. However, as with nearly anything, there are legal pitfalls that participants in the LEED rating system may not be aware of.