Legal Archive

State Court Signals Ruling on Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/23/2014 12:03 pm

As he urged Arkansas' highest court to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage last week, attorney Jack Wagoner tried to illustrate just how much the national landscape had changed since he filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of 20 same-sex couples.

2 Courts Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Arkansas

by Associated Press 11/20/2014 11:04 am

Lawyers for same-sex couples have asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject a ban on gay marriage.

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson Asks 3 Directors To Stay

by Associated Press 11/19/2014 01:25 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is asking the directors of three agencies to continue in their current roles when he takes office in January.

On AETN, Mike Beebe Defends Plan to Pardon Son's '03 Conviction

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/19/2014 07:43 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday defended plans to pardon his son for an 11-year-old marijuana conviction, saying his son is receiving the same type of second chance that hundreds of others have had over the past several years.

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan Still Recovering from Brain Injury

by David Porter, The Associated Press 11/18/2014 01:06 pm

Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.

‘I've Got Suits Older Than You' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

When I arrived at Arkansas Business in August 1999, I really didn't know any business leaders in Arkansas. I was born and raised in Arkansas, and I had been a local government reporter in Pine Bluff and an education reporter for the old Arkansas Gazette. But the only business reporting I had done was in Nashville, Tennessee, so even business legends like William H. Bowen were new to me.

Grant Merrill Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Mismanagement of KEWI

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The bad blood between the former partners of KEWI-AM, 690, has arrived at the Saline County Courthouse.

Summit Properties Names AB Engineering in Survey Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

There is mounting trouble for a Hot Springs man who admitted forging documents to make it appear he was a licensed surveyor when he wasn't. Doug Fellenz now is facing a lawsuit filed by a former client he allegedly duped.

Michael Booker Neglected Property Target of Capitol Zoning District Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The Capitol Zoning District Commission is taking legal action to try to get a home on South Louisiana Street owned by Little Rock lawyer and former state Rep. Michael Booker fixed up.

William H. Bowen Dead at 91; Funeral Details Released

by Gwen Moritz 11/13/2014 11:38 am

William H. Bowen — lawyer, banker and political adviser — died Wednesday at age 91. The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Mike Beebe to Pardon Son Over Marijuana Conviction

by Associated Press 11/13/2014 07:36 am

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he plans to pardon his son over a 2003 felony marijuana conviction.

Two Conway Women Face Medicaid Fraud Charges

by Lee Hogan 11/11/2014 10:16 am

A Conway mother and daughter are accused of fraudulently billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for nearly $100,000 and fraudulently withdrawing more than $65,000 from the accounts of patients at a shuttered Faulkner County facility for the developmentally disabled.

Crittenden Regional Board Extends Liability Coverage, Then Files for Bankruptcy

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Crittenden Regional Hospital's directors raised concerns about potential lawsuits against them and voted to extend the board's liability insurance the day before filing for bankruptcy in September.

Josh Bishop Estate Sues Chubby Cheeks Over Beating Death

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The death earlier this year of a 28-year-old who allegedly stole a bottle of wine from a Texarkana liquor store could serve as a cautionary tale for business owners and employees.

Mike Nelson Disputes His Firm's Debts to State Workforce Services

by Marty Cook 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The Great Recession was very bad for Mike Nelson. His Jonesboro business, Nelson Design Group, sells home designs to builders and homebuyers, and revenue that reached $4 million in 2006 was down to $1 million by 2008.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Crittenden Hospital's Directors, Officers Compensation Could Pay Off

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association paid its directors and officers' liability insurance ahead of employee health benefits, and that may have been a smart strategic decision for all concerned.

Sentencing Set for Former Ouachita County Judge

by Associated Press 11/7/2014 12:01 pm

Formal sentencing is set for later this month for a former Ouachita County judge accused of awarding a disaster-relief contract in exchange for a campaign contribution.

Judge Dismisses Ben Burris Lawsuit Over Dental Practices Act

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2014 08:21 am

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller has dismissed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners by orthodontists Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith and Elizabeth Gohl of Fayetteville. The judge said the matter belongs in state court. Burris filed the suit in May.

Change-of-Plea Hearing Set for Martha Shoffner

by Associated Press 11/6/2014 04:08 pm

A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for a former Arkansas state treasurer accused of misspending campaign funds on personal items.