Legal Archive

Judge Orders Brandon Barber to Pay $450K in Restitution

by Lance Turner 1/22/2015 10:05 am

U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes orders former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber to pay $450,000 in restitution to First Federal Bank, a figure significantly less than what the U.S. Attorney's office calculated last fall.

Family of Comedian Killed in Wal-Mart Crash Settles Claim

by Associated Press 1/22/2015 07:36 am

The family of James McNair, a comedian killed in a New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer, has settled a wrongful-death claim with Wal-Mart.

Frank Broyles Family Wants Arkansas Law to Keep Publicity Rights

by Associated Press 1/21/2015 09:55 am

The family of legendary former Razorbacks coach Frank Broyles wants a new state law to create publicity rights allowing public figures more control over how their likenesses are used.

US Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Debit Card Fees

by Associated Press 1/20/2015 11:10 am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions.

US Supreme Court Rules for Bearded Muslim Inmate in Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/20/2015 09:14 am

The Supreme Court is siding with a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas who sued for the right to grow a short beard for religious reasons.

Hutchinson Announces 5 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2015 07:39 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced five appointments to state boards and commissions.

Investor Ivol Green Fined $100K by Arkansas Securities Department

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Do you remember the cease-and-desist order filed against Ivol Green of Little Rock and his Enterprise World Trust LLC by the Arkansas Securities Department almost three years ago? Well, it's getting worse.

Development Duo Joins Centennial Bank in Jonesboro (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Joey Speir and Brock Ferguson have joined Centennial Bank in Jonesboro as business development officers.

I'm Not Charlie (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Free speech in all its forms is a fundamental concept, especially for Americans whose culture has been sculpted by the First Amendment, and yet it can be very hard to grasp and even harder to live by.

First Southern Bank Missed Red Flags With Kevin Lewis Fraud, BKD Says

by Mark Friedman 1/19/2015 12:00 am

The accounting firm BKD LLC is blaming the collapse of First Southern Bank in Batesville on the failure of bank officers and officials to detect former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis' fraud.

Banks Seek Court-Held Dennis Smiley Funds

by George Waldon 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Two of the remaining banks in the serial loan controversies of Dennis Smiley Jr. hold judgments against the former Arvest executive.

Neurological Caretaker Gets $2.1M Judgment as Family of Former Patient Points Fingers

by Mark Friedman 1/19/2015 12:00 am

After a two-year federal court fight that involved a trip to bankruptcy court, a Virginia rehabilitation center earlier this month was finally paid $2.1 million for providing five years of care to an Arkansan injured when a surgeon operated on the wrong side of his brain in 2004.

Creditors Urge Acme Liquidation, Auction of Allied Bank Stock

by George Waldon 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Three of the largest creditors of Acme Holding Co. want to see its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to Chapter 7 liquidation.

In Federal Court, Nucor Argues Against Big River Steel Mill

by Associated Press 1/16/2015 03:35 pm

Opponents of a new steel mill under construction in eastern Arkansas argued in a court hearing Friday that they didn't forfeit their right to sue to stop the plant just because the state had already issued a permit.

Jacksonville Funeral Home Under Investigation

by Gwen Moritz 1/16/2015 08:16 am

State regulators are investigating a Jacksonville funeral home after a former employee complained about "blatant disregard for the dead."

Bill Would Require Public Colleges to Allow Concealed Guns

by Associated Press 1/16/2015 07:55 am

A lawmaker is proposing a requirement that Arkansas' public colleges and universities allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Second Former Partner of John Rogers Files Suit, Seeks $12.3 Million

by George Waldon 1/15/2015 05:47 pm

The new lawsuit by Mac Hogan pushes the claims against the embattled newspaper archivist and sports memorabilia dealer upwards of $40 million. Hogan alleges that Rogers committed multiple acts of fraud as part of a Ponzi-style scheme that often involved phantom transactions.

Mayberry, Irvin Bill Would Require Doctors to Give Abortion Pill in Person

by Associated Press 1/15/2015 02:34 pm

A new anti-abortion bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature would require women to take abortion-inducing medication in the presence of the doctor and have a follow-up checkup days afterward.

Appeals Court Hears Arkansas, North Dakota Abortion Cases

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 11:12 am

North Dakota and Arkansas have asked a federal appeals court in St. Louis to reinstate two of the nation's most stringent abortion bans.

Arkansas Committee Approves Prosecutor Funding Bill

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 10:56 am

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee approved the bill Tuesday that sets aside $5 million for 28 prosecuting attorneys throughout the state and for other judicial expenses. The bill also includes $2.5 million in expense reimbursements for lawmakers.