Legal Archive

EEOC Filing Fewer Discrimination Cases In Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas' federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

Redman & Associates Reaches Deal With Chinese

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Redman & Associates, the Rogers company that had hoped to take over the manufacturing of battery-operated riding toys for sale to Wal-Mart, has called a temporary truce in its legal dispute with Chinese importer Sales Chief Ent. (Hong Kong) Co.

Judge Awards $725K, Turns Screw on VA Hospital in Malpractice Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently found that a surgeon at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Little Rock had botched a surgery and awarded the 75-year-old patient $725,000.

Big River Steel Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 05:00 pm

Attorneys representing Big River Steel are asking a judge to throw out a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the construction of a $1.3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas.

Judge: Signatures OK in Arkansas Minimum Wage Case

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 04:34 pm

A special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court says backers of a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage turned in enough valid signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

John Stacks, Mountain Pure Owner, Convicted of Seven Federal Counts

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2014 06:13 pm

A federal court jury deliberated for most of three days before reporting that it was hung on three additional counts of money laundering.

At Arkansas Supreme Court, Arguments For, Against Including Alcohol Measure

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/9/2014 04:48 pm

A lawyer challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales statewide tells Arkansas' highest court that the secretary of state should have opened his office on Independence Day to process petitions and avoid missing a deadline.

Arkansas Supreme Court Won't Delay Proceedings in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 10:11 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:46 am

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday.

Judge Dismisses Complaint Against Fort Smith

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:23 am

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against Fort Smith's city clerk.

FTC: AT&T to Pay $105M for Bogus Phone Charges

by Associated Press 10/8/2014 03:50 pm

AT&T wireless customers may want to take a closer look at their old phone bills because they may have money coming back to them.

Eric Holder: Ferguson Highlights Need for Collaboration

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/8/2014 01:07 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Turner Grain Executive Claims $5.5M in Debts, $2M in Assets

by Lance Turner 10/7/2014 11:36 am

Dale Bartlett of Marvell, president of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, on Monday filed a more detailed bankruptcy filing, listing about $5.5 million in debts and $2 million in assets.

DHS Says Ted Suhl Was 'Person C' in Steven Jones Bribery Case

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 01:31 pm

Ted Suhl, owner of behavioral health companies, including one formerly called Lord's Ranch, has been identified by the Arkansas Department of Human Services as "Person C," who allegedly provided bribes to former DHS Deputy Director Steven B. Jones.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Alcohol Sales

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/6/2014 10:03 am

A case heading to Arkansas' highest court this week could determine whether the state's voters can decide to expand alcohol sales throughout the state. It could also determine whether a proposal to raise the minimum wage also remains on the ballot.

Crittenden Regional Hospital's True Financial Status Surprised Directors

by Mark Friedman 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Directors of Crittenden Regional Hospital learned on Aug. 19 that its monthly revenue was only $2 million — about half what they had previously been led to believe — while expenses were about $5 million, the CEO of the shuttered hospital revealed in a bankruptcy court filing.

Examination of UAMS Radiology Grinds On

by George Waldon 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Two UA audits of the radiology department at UAMS and its business dealings with Medical Assets Holding Co. of North Little Rock are under review for possible criminal charges.

Former Crittenden Regional Employees Sue Over Unpaid Medical Bills

by Mark Friedman 10/6/2014 12:00 am

The closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital put about 400 people out of work, and their woes were compounded by the discovery that they were already uninsured. Several employees filed a lawsuit in Crittenden County Circuit Court last month because their medical bills were unpaid even though the hospital withheld health insurance premiums from their paychecks.

Looking to the Court for Clarity (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/6/2014 12:00 am

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. There are second acts in American lives. America was founded by people looking for their second act. And because we're all about the second acts in life, Americans are a forgiving people and that means that Arkansans are a forgiving people.