Legal Archive

Judge Orders Wal-Mart to Pay $16M in Gender Bias Lawsuit

by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters 1/10/2017 03:25 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $16.08 million to a former New Hampshire pharmacist in a gender bias case, but the amount is only about half what a jury awarded and may fall substantially further.

Jamie Jones Picked for Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Jamie Huffman Jones, a partner in the Friday Eldredge & Clark law firm in Little Rock, has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, an invitation-only organization headquartered near Tampa, Florida.

Creek Capital Takes Over K Lofts Loan

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

A new player has entered the financial fray at the dormant K Lofts development in downtown Little Rock.

A Better Class of Crooks (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/9/2017 12:00 am

It's only been eight months since I pulled out the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior, but Micah Neal's surprise guilty plea last week is just irresistible.

Taking Temptation Off the Table (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/9/2017 12:00 am

A smart lawmaker avoids temptation. Smart government avoids putting temptation in his way.

Identities of Unidentified Players in Neal Indictment Revealed

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/6/2017 12:00 pm

Everybody's talking about the alphabet soup of unindicted people and entities described in state Rep. Micah Neal's plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Arkansas Business has determined the identities of several of them.

Volkswagen to Face Lawsuit by Arkansas Highway Employees Fund, Others

by David Shepardson, Reuters 1/5/2017 09:22 am

Volkswagen AG must defend an investor lawsuit filed by pension funds, including one representing Arkansas State Highway Employees, over the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal, a U.S. judge rules.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over LGBT Protections

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 06:48 am

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will hold oral arguments Feb. 2 in the state's appeal of a Washington County judge's decision upholding Fayetteville's anti-discrimination ordinance.

1 Sentenced, 1 Pleads Guilty in Arkansas Food Program Fraud

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 06:46 am

A former Arkansas Department of Human Services employee has been sentenced to nine years in prison for fraud related to a program that provides food for low income children.

State Rep. Micah Neal Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks on GIF Money

by Gwen Moritz 1/4/2017 12:39 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that state Rep. Micah Neal, R-Springdale, had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to direct state funds to two nonprofits in exchange for $38,000 in kickbacks.

Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Arkansas Judge Timothy Parker Steps Down

by Associated Press 1/3/2017 11:35 am

An Arkansas judge has left office and agreed to never serve on the bench again after a disciplinary panel said it was prepared to administratively charge him with trading sexual favors with female defendants in exchange for their release.

US Sen. Warren Seeks to Pull Pot Shops out of Banking Limbo

by Associated Press 1/2/2017 07:46 am

As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block — lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.

AP: Medical Marijuana Was Arkansas' Top News Story in 2016

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:32 am

A decision by Arkansas' voters to let residents with certain medical conditions obtain marijuana to ease their symptoms was an overwhelming choice as the state's top news story of 2016.

Medical Pot, Trump Shape Arkansas Politics in '17 (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:26 am

From establishing the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt to the future of a hybrid Medicaid expansion program covering thousands, the state faces plenty of questions in the new year.

Bumpers, Thornton Among Arkansas Notables Who Died During 2016

by Associated Press 1/2/2017 06:20 am

A former U.S. senator who defended an impeached president during his Senate trial and a former U.S. representative who was a member of House committee that brought articles of impeachment against another president are among the notable Arkansans who died during 2016.

2016: The Year in Executive Q&A

by Gwen Moritz 1/2/2017 12:00 am

This week, for the third time, we offer a compilation that appeals to the universal interest in other people: all 50 of 2016's Executive Q&A features in the first issue of Arkansas Business for 2017.

Run-DMC Founder Sues Wal-Mart, Amazon

by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters 12/30/2016 08:28 am

A founder of Run-DMC on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of selling a wide variety of clothing and accessories bearing the pioneering rap group's name without permission.

In the Workplace 2017: LGBT Rights and Immigration Law Compliance

by Michelle Kaemmerling and Neemah Esmaeilpour 12/30/2016 07:00 am

A look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

Alexa a Witness to Murder? In Bentonville, Prosecutors Seek Amazon Echo Data

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 12/29/2016 06:54 am

Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker.

Camden Woman Accused of Faking Will for Deepwater Horizon Survivor

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 12/28/2016 06:17 am

A federal grand jury has accused an Arkansas woman of creating a fake will for a Deepwater Horizon oil explosion survivor who was later killed in a car wreck so her daughter would inherit his million-dollar estate.