Legal Archive

Pharmacists Still Tackling Drug Rates

by Mark Friedman 2/8/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Pharmacists Association said it will be surveying its members in the coming weeks to determine if the reimbursement rates for generic medications paid by pharmacy benefit managers have improved since a new law went into effect in July.

No Time Like The Present (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/8/2016 12:00 am

People satisfied with the status quo seem to think it is “too close” to the judicial elections to actually talk about judicial elections or the people standing for election in them.

Arkansas Supreme Court Race Pits Judge vs Little Rock Lawyer

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/7/2016 11:07 am

The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.

Arkansas Attorney General Again Rejects Marijuana Amendment

by Associated Press 2/3/2016 07:00 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

Dale Bartlett Items Sold at Auction

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Former Turner Grain co-owner Dale Bartlett's sale of rare coins brought in about $18,000, and all the items sold at the Jan. 14 auction generated nearly $60,000.

Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers

by Mark Friedman 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled in December that a woman who was fired for posting “arguably” critical comments about her employer on Facebook could receive unemployment benefits. It's the latest decision in an escalating legal war between employment and social media.

The Art of the Plea Deal (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/1/2016 12:00 am

While the sentence was up to Judge Holmes, defense lawyer W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville negotiated a deal in which Dennis Smiley Jr. pleaded guilty to only a single count of bank fraud — but he had to accept responsibility and restitution for more than 20 bank victims and their combined losses of nearly $5 million.

Attention Must Be Paid (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Robert Brown, the retired Arkansas Supreme Court justice, best summarized the problem with the state's court system: “I think you have to do something about the money. That's what it comes down to.”

Amy Markham Made Partner at Spicer Rudstrom (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Amy Markham has been promoted to partner at Spicer Rudstrom PLLC in Little Rock, a law firm with offices across Arkansas and Tennessee that focuses on companies seeking business, legal and litigation services.

Oaklawn, Mid-America Museum Make Moves in Hot Springs (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Brad Keller has been named controller for Oaklawn Racing & Gaming while Harmony Morrissey has been named director of development for the Mid-America Science Museum

Merit Selection of Arkansas Justices Gets New Look (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2016 12:17 pm

The March judicial elections featuring two contested Supreme Court races won't just be a referendum on the direction voters want for the court. It could also offer a signal on whether voters even want a say in picking members of the state's highest court.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2016 02:48 pm

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

Fired Wal-Mart Worker Who Claimed Discrimination Wins $31M

by Associated Press 1/29/2016 11:55 am

A jury has awarded more than $31 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart pharmacist in New Hampshire who claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting safety concerns about co-workers dispensing prescriptions.

Update: Dennis Smiley Sentenced to 97 Months, Restitution of $4.9M

by Marty Cook 1/28/2016 11:16 am

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former bank president who pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud, was sentenced Thursday to 97 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Commission Hearing Complaint Against Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 1/26/2016 01:55 pm

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has convened behind closed doors to decide whether there is probable cause in a complaint filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect 50 Arkansas Inmates

by Associated Press 1/26/2016 06:44 am

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday will allow more than 50 Arkansas inmates serving life sentences without parole for murders they committed as juveniles a chance to one day be free, but how that will happen is still in question.

Federal Judge OKs Bid to Expand Planned Parenthood Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/25/2016 02:48 pm

A federal judge has approved Planned Parenthood's request to expand its lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to cut off Medicaid funding to the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

As Sentencing Approaches, Dennis Smiley Attorney Says Banks Share Responsibility

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank's Benton County market, expects to go to federal prison after he is sentenced Thursday for bank fraud.

Oklahoma Bank Registers $3M Judgment Against Phil Herrington

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

The judgment represents the outstanding balance on a $4 million loan from First Commercial Bank of Edmond, Oklahoma.

A Matter of Life in Debt (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Dennis Smiley is almost a caricature. How could any intelligent, well-educated person — a banker, no less — mistake debt for wealth? How could he have overspent more than the vast majority of Americans, even well-paid ones, will earn in a lifetime of honest work?