Legal Archive

King Coal Investigation Heating Up; FBI Executes New Search Warrant

by Gwen Moritz 8/27/2014 03:40 pm

The federal criminal investigation of King Coal LLC is apparently heating up again: A search-and-seizure warrant was executed Wednesday at the company's offices in Little Rock's Riverdale area, the FBI confirmed.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Settle With Justice Department Over $8.5B Merger

by Lance Turner 8/27/2014 01:56 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago say they have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division that, if approved, would allow the companies' $8.5 billion merger to proceed.

Armed and Dangerous in Ferguson (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 8/27/2014 01:19 pm

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the role of a militarized local police in our communities. The resources on display in that small Missouri town exist in many communities across the country, and shedding light on them is both necessary and justified.

Butch Calhoun Requests Assistance for Turner Grain Farmers

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 11:58 am

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun has requested assistance from his national counterpart, Tom Vilsack, for Arkansas farmers and others in nearby states affected by the unraveling of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

In Lawsuit, Arvest Bank Seeks $467K From Dennis Smiley Jr.

by George Waldon 8/26/2014 10:33 am

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has sued to collect more than $467,000 in delinquent debt associated with its former Bentonville market president Dennis Smiley. Arvest's actions make it the 11th bank to file details of delinquent loan claims associated with Dennis Smiley Jr. The two lawsuits pushes the known claims against Smiley to about $2.5 million.

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy.

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/25/2014 12:00 am

If Jonesboro wants to be perceived as a player in economic development — and an effort by Arkansas State University to create an osteopathic medical school and hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial construction in the last few years indicate it does — then it should consider reining in its “Dukes of Hazzard”-quality police chief, Michael Yates.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Orders Turner Grain Not to Dispose of Assets

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2014 03:10 pm

A Lee County Circuit judge on Wednesday ordered Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related entities not to sell any assets that might belong to a group of farmers who sued them.

Court Ends Part of Arkansas Desegregation Lawsuit

by Associated Press 8/21/2014 02:55 pm

A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957.

Jonesboro Sun Says Police Chief Bullied Reporter

by Associated Press 8/21/2014 09:17 am

The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun newspaper wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied a reporter into quitting by making a series of derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

8 Farmers File Fraud Lawsuit Against Turner Grain

by Mark Friedman 8/20/2014 12:50 pm

A group of farmers sue Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. for fraud, saying they haven't been paid for grains they sold to the Brinkley company. And Bruce Oakley Inc. of North Little Rock files an interpleader asking a judge to decide what to do with the $360,000 it owes Turner.

NLR Woman Pleads Guilty to $1M Payroll Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 8/19/2014 05:36 pm

Regina Lynn Paff, 53, who handled the payroll for AGL Corp. of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud filed directly by federal prosecutors.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Texarkana Hotel Group to Pay $915K

by Associated Press 8/19/2014 07:43 am

A settlement has been reached between a Texarkana hotel owner and the contractors who built the city's new convention center and hotel.

Bruce Oakley To Give Turner Grain Money To Judge

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 03:28 pm

A North Little Rock company plans to hand over money it owes Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley to a judge to decide how to divide it among Turner's creditors.

Couples: Deny Stay in Arkansas Gay Marriage Case

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 8/18/2014 03:19 pm

Couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban have asked the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings in the lawsuit pending a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar case.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Reveals Cyberattack

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 10:40 am

Community Health Systems Inc., which operates hospitals in Fort Smith, Bentonville, Springdale and seven other cities in Arkansas, on Monday blamed Chinese hackers for a cyberattack that accessed "non-medical" data on 4.5 million patients of its affiliated physicians.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.