Legal Archive

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration's new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Attorney Jean Block Joins Little Rock Wastewater (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Jean Block has been hired as chief legal officer of Little Rock Wastewater. In the new position, Block will serve as legal adviser and counsel to the wastewater utility's staff and the Little Rock Water Reclamation Commission.

Janet Pulliam To Chair Bar Association's Committee for Breast Cancer (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Janet L. Pulliam, an attorney of counsel with Mitchell Blackstock Ivers Sneddon & Marshall in Little Rock, has been named chair of the American Bar Association's National Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee for 2016-17.

Lawsuit Filed Over Arkansas Ethics Measure's Rejection

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/13/2016 03:08 pm

A Little Rock attorney is suing Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for rejecting the wording of his ballot proposal that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials and impose new campaign finance restrictions.

Wal-Mart Shareholder Suit Over Bribery Allegations Dismissed

by Associated Press 5/13/2016 12:53 pm

A judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit over alleged bribery involving Wal-Mart's operations in Mexico.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/12/2016 11:17 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards and commissions.

Three Former Employees Plead Guilty to Stealing $3.9M From Walnut Ridge Bank

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2016 05:15 pm

Brenda Montgomery and Cindy Tate, both of Walnut Ridge, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and Peggy Sutton of Biggers admitted guilt on Wednesday. They will be sentenced at a later date.

Civil Lawsuit Filed by Men Alleging Sex Abuse by Judge Joe Boeckmann

by Associated Press 5/11/2016 09:18 am

A fourth alleged victim will join a civil lawsuit filed against a former Arkansas judge who resigned this week amid an investigation into allegations he engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants in his court.

Wal-Mart sues Visa in Dispute Over Chip-Enabled Debit Cards

by Associated Press 5/10/2016 03:24 pm

Wal-Mart is suing Visa Inc., charging the payment network is not allowing the retail giant to let customers verify chip-enabled debit card transactions with what it believes is a more secure method: personal identification numbers.

Judge Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

by Associated Press 5/9/2016 12:35 pm

An Arkansas judge accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with male defendants has resigned.

FDIC Asks for Over $1.2M in Judgments Against Alex Golden, Amy McCay

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

The FDIC has locally registered judgments of nearly $900,000 against Allied Bank president Alex Golden and more than $324,000 against his sister, Amy McCay.

New Bankruptcy Filing Shows Deeper Debts for Phil Herrington

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

In the recently released, more detailed filing, Phil Herrington listed debts of $13.45 million and assets of $5.06 million. When he initially filed for Chapter 11 in March, the real estate developer listed his estimated debts at between $1 million and $10 million.

In Fraud By Kevin Lewis, Blame Is On Trial

by Mark Friedman 5/9/2016 12:00 am

In a civil trial scheduled to start next Monday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will blame regional accounting firm BKD LLC for failing to uncover the massive fraud that led to the 2010 failure of First Southern Bank of Batesville.

One Bank & Trust Capitalization Plan Forms

by George Waldon 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock's One Bank & Trust hasn't generated a normal quarterly profit since the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ousted Layton “Scooter” Stuart as CEO in September 2012.

All's Quiet on the Acme Bankruptcy Front

by George Waldon 5/9/2016 12:00 am

The parent company of Mulberry's Allied Bank marked its second year in bankruptcy last month.

Steven Quattlebaum Recognized as Lawdragon Leading Lawyer (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Steven W. Quattlebaum, a managing member of Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull PLLC in Little Rock, was recently selected as a member of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America for the fifth time.

Little Rock Settles Lawsuit Over 2010 Police Shooting

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 5/6/2016 01:10 pm

Little Rock agreed Friday to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of 67-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2010 after two off-duty, white police officers entered his apartment without a warrant.

Fort Smith Attorney Surrenders License After Admitting Theft

by Associated Press 5/5/2016 11:49 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on Professional Conduct has accepted the voluntary surrender of a Fort Smith attorney's law license after he admitted taking $100,000 from his firm for personal use.

Arkansas Court Orders Contempt Hearing for Circuit Clerk

by Associated Press 5/5/2016 11:39 am

Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Cindy Glover has pleaded not guilty to a contempt charge before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Former Arkansas Senator Reports to Prison for 18-Month Term

by Associated Press 5/3/2016 03:44 pm

A former Arkansas Senate president pro tem has reported to federal prison to begin serving an 18-month sentence for spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items.