Legal Archive

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

by Mark Carter 12/19/2014 09:38 am

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November.

Arkansas Grand Jury Indicts 3 for Trying to Steal USDA Money

by Mark Friedman 12/18/2014 01:06 pm

Three people, including two state Department of Human Services workers, were indicted Thursday as part of a scheme to steal federal Department of Agriculture money.

Brad Phelps Promoted to University Counsel for ASU System

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/18/2014 12:59 pm

Brad Phelps has been promoted to the position of university counsel for the Arkansas State University System. The move is effective Jan. 1.

Former Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly Sentenced to 33 Months

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/18/2014 12:17 pm

Former Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison and one year of supervised released for one count of bribery related to a federal disaster relief contract.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Donating to Gay Rights Campaign in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi

by Associated Press 12/18/2014 11:41 am

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday.

Batesville Votes to Form Police Department

by Associated Press 12/18/2014 10:26 am

Elected officials in a northeast Arkansas town have voted to create a police department after more than 20 years without one.

Arkansas AG Says 2 Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

by Associated Press 12/16/2014 04:47 pm

Arkansas' attorney general says health care workers from Pulaski and Phillips counties have been arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud.

Wal-Mart Loses Appeal in Pennsylvania Class-Action Lawsuit

by Lance Turner 12/16/2014 10:46 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville says it lost its latest appeal in a class-action lawsuit filed against it in 2002, which will affect earning per share from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Identity Theft Victims Face Months of Hassle

by Associated Press 12/16/2014 08:59 am

While cases are difficult to trace, analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research estimate that one in three Americans affected by a data breach ultimately became the victim of fraud last year — up from one in nine in 2010.

Labor Board OKs Personal Use of Company Email for Union Organizing

by Associated Press 12/16/2014 08:57 am

In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

Officials Say Special Education Unitary in Arkansas District

by Associated Press 12/15/2014 03:49 pm

Attorneys in a longstanding Arkansas school desegregation case have filed a motion agreeing that special education in the Pulaski County Special School District is "unitary," or substantially desegregated.

Arkansas Legislators Eye More Abortion Restrictions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2014 09:51 am

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

IberiaBank Says Funeral Home Mortgage Payments Have Gone Cold

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Gunn Funeral Home of Little Rock is the subject of a foreclosure action filed by IberiaBank of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Mabelvale Couple Ordered To Pay $2.1M to Virginia Rehab Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Judge James M. Moody Jr ordered the parents of a boy who was the victim of a surgical mistake to pay $2.1 million for his care.

Lawsuit Says Turner Grain Companies Shared Assets as 'Same Entity'

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The financial mess at Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is getting messier.

Gray Divorce: Arkansas Attorneys On How Late-Life Splits Threaten Retirement

by Mark Friedman 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The divorce rate for those 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise at an alarming rate. Those who find themselves newly single will have to manage with half the assets the couple saved for retirement — with little time to restore their accounts.

Financial Scams Burden Seniors, Investments

by Sean Beherec 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A growing number of Arkansas seniors are being targeted in fraudulent schemes and investment opportunities, derailing a lifetime of planning and absorbing money that could be used on real investments.

Steve Standridge: No Personal Gain From $7M Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Steve Standridge was emotional but conspicuously unapologetic when he explained to a federal judge why he committed the crimes for which she had just sentenced him to five years in prison.

Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Tracy Morgan's Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart

by Associated Press 12/13/2014 11:02 am

Tracy Morgan has won the latest round in his effort to sue Wal-Mart and others over a fatal crash in New Jersey.

Leslie Rutledge Names Chief of Staff, Legislative Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2014 11:14 am

Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge names Carl Vogelpohl of Little Rock as chief of staff and Cory Cox of Maumelle as legislative director.