Legal Archive

Ad for Accountability Website Rejected by Arkansas Bar Association Magazine

by Mark Friedman 8/31/2015 12:00 am

A website set up by a North Little Rock nonprofit hopes to improve the job performance of Arkansas judges by asking attorneys and litigants to rate them anonymously.

Sins of Commission And Omission (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Waiving his right to be indicted by a federal grand jury and pleading guilty has made Dennis Smiley Jr.'s prosecution faster and cheaper for all concerned, but it also means that there are a lot of things we'll probably never know about his crimes.

‘Living Beyond His Means' Catches Up With Dennis Smiley Jr.

by Gwen Moritz 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Henry Dennis Smiley Jr. — the Jr. matters in this case — pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of bank fraud. But the plea agreement identifies 23 banks as his victims, and that doesn't include Arvest Bank, which had trusted him to be president of its Benton County market.

Leslie Rutledge: Arkansas Law Allows 'Open Carry' of Guns

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 04:07 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says a 2013 law allows someone to openly carry a handgun as long as they don't plan to illegally use it against another person.

At the Martha Shoffner Sentencing, Questions Over 'Benefit,' Jurisdiction

by Gwen Moritz 8/28/2015 02:13 pm

Prosecutors scored point after point Friday, but U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison — less than half the time that the U.S. Attorney's office sought.

Update: Judge Sentences Martha Shoffner to 30 Months in Prison

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 8/28/2015 02:08 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes on Friday sentenced former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

Judge Blocks New Federal Rule on Jurisdiction of Waterways

by Associated Press 8/27/2015 04:06 pm

A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.

Receiver Seeks Another Contempt of Court Ruling Against John Rogers

by George Waldon 8/27/2015 03:24 pm

John Rogers has drawn another contempt of court action after allegedly taking property under the control of the Sports Cards Plus receiver. Includes video.

Hutchinson Names Law Professor as New Chief Justice

by Mark Carter 8/25/2015 11:33 am

Long-time University of Arkansas law professor Howard Brill will serve out the term of retiring Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.

Update: Dennis Smiley Jr. Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

by Gwen Moritz and Marty Cook 8/25/2015 11:28 am

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank's Benton County market, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to defrauding 20 banks out of more than $4 million.

Lyn Pruitt Named Director of International Association of Defense Counsel

by Alexis Hosticka 8/25/2015 09:25 am

Lyn Pruitt, partner at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard PLLC in Little Rock was named director of the International Association of Defense Counsel's 2017 Trial Academy.

John Rogers Case Attracts Attention from Chicago Feds

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas road trip included agents from the Chicago office of the FBI and others who were gathering material and talking with witnesses and, in some cases, possible co-conspirators.

Peck Family Trust Squabble in Court Again

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Little Rock restaurateur Capi Peck and her sisters, Ashley Peck O'Dell of Little Rock and Alison Ashley Peck of White Plains, New York, have both taken legal shots against their father's widow, Hannah Peck, concerning her actions as trustee of the Peck Family Trust.

Case Closed in Clint Stoerner Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The lawsuit involving Razorbacks star quarterback Clint Stoerner and his three former business partners has been settled. The joint motion to dismiss was filed last week in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Operation Pilluted Defendants Go Back to Work; Richard Johns Still Faces Only State Charges

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Johns is currently charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County Circuit Court, and he's scheduled for trial starting Oct. 7.

Judicial Accountability Lets Judges Get Judged

by Mark Carter 8/24/2015 12:00 am

A new site from the American Foundation for Judicial Accountability promises to be a legal “game changer.”

The Grad Student Debt Bomb (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Federal programs that encourage massive borrowing by grad students and then allow much of the debt to be “forgiven,” a deceptively benign term, are behind this disturbing trend. And critics from both the left and the right are critical of the situation.

Being Interesting to Buyers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The rules of customer engagement have changed dramatically in recent years: Your potential buyers know more — or at least believe that they know more — than ever.

No Clean Bill of Wealth for Comet Cleaners Franchise

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/17/2015 12:00 am

A Little Rock company said it was taken to the cleaners when it dealt with Comet Cleaners Franchise Group LLC of Arlington, Texas.

To Tell the Truth (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/17/2015 12:00 am

I received a letter in the mail last week from Anonymous. (Most of the anonymous letters I receive simply aren't signed, but this writer actually called himself, or herself, Anonymous.) Anonymous challenged Arkansas Business to investigate the alleged misdeeds of a certain public official.