Legal Archive

Arkansas Seeks to Resume Executions as Drug Expiration Nears

by Associated Press 5/19/2016 10:52 am

A lawyer representing Arkansas' prison system says the state Supreme Court should let eight executions proceed because questions raised about a sedative's efficacy have been adequately addressed by judges in other parts of the country.

Leslie Rutledge Asks Court to Dismiss Suit Over Ethics Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/18/2016 03:41 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging her rejection of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions.

Broyles-Backed Publicity Rights Bill Gets 2nd Chance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/17/2016 05:05 pm

A publicity rights bill backed by legendary former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles' family that was vetoed last year is getting a new chance before lawmakers as they meet for a special session this week.

Former Fort Smith Insurance Agent Indicted for Investment Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 5/17/2016 03:33 pm

An indictment unsealed Monday by federal prosecutors in Fort Smith accuses William Jackson Moates Jr. of operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than a dozen clients out of more than $2 million.

Developer Brandon Woodrome Accused of $6 Million Loan Fraud

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Rioux Capital of Austin, Texas, charges northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Woodrome with committing fraud.

BKD Settles With FDIC Over Kevin Lewis Fraud

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last week settled its lawsuit against the accounting firm BKD LLP, just days before the trial was scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

Business Travel Fuels Uber Growth in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Business travelers needing a ride in Arkansas are increasingly using their thumbs — not to hitchhike, but to tap the Uber app on their smartphones.

Facebook Page Offers Peek Into John Rogers' Thinking

by George Waldon 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Even the conservative assessment by a court-appointed receiver proved to be overly optimistic regarding the insolvent business interests of John Rogers, whose Facebook page recently offered up what read almost like a confession.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration's new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Attorney Jean Block Joins Little Rock Wastewater (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Jean Block has been hired as chief legal officer of Little Rock Wastewater. In the new position, Block will serve as legal adviser and counsel to the wastewater utility's staff and the Little Rock Water Reclamation Commission.

Janet Pulliam To Chair Bar Association's Committee for Breast Cancer (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Janet L. Pulliam, an attorney of counsel with Mitchell Blackstock Ivers Sneddon & Marshall in Little Rock, has been named chair of the American Bar Association's National Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee for 2016-17.

Lawsuit Filed Over Arkansas Ethics Measure's Rejection

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/13/2016 03:08 pm

A Little Rock attorney is suing Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for rejecting the wording of his ballot proposal that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials and impose new campaign finance restrictions.

Wal-Mart Shareholder Suit Over Bribery Allegations Dismissed

by Associated Press 5/13/2016 12:53 pm

A judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit over alleged bribery involving Wal-Mart's operations in Mexico.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/12/2016 11:17 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced appointments to state boards and commissions.

Three Former Employees Plead Guilty to Stealing $3.9M From Walnut Ridge Bank

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2016 05:15 pm

Brenda Montgomery and Cindy Tate, both of Walnut Ridge, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and Peggy Sutton of Biggers admitted guilt on Wednesday. They will be sentenced at a later date.

Civil Lawsuit Filed by Men Alleging Sex Abuse by Judge Joe Boeckmann

by Associated Press 5/11/2016 09:18 am

A fourth alleged victim will join a civil lawsuit filed against a former Arkansas judge who resigned this week amid an investigation into allegations he engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants in his court.

Wal-Mart sues Visa in Dispute Over Chip-Enabled Debit Cards

by Associated Press 5/10/2016 03:24 pm

Wal-Mart is suing Visa Inc., charging the payment network is not allowing the retail giant to let customers verify chip-enabled debit card transactions with what it believes is a more secure method: personal identification numbers.

Judge Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

by Associated Press 5/9/2016 12:35 pm

An Arkansas judge accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with male defendants has resigned.

FDIC Asks for Over $1.2M in Judgments Against Alex Golden, Amy McCay

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

The FDIC has locally registered judgments of nearly $900,000 against Allied Bank president Alex Golden and more than $324,000 against his sister, Amy McCay.

New Bankruptcy Filing Shows Deeper Debts for Phil Herrington

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

In the recently released, more detailed filing, Phil Herrington listed debts of $13.45 million and assets of $5.06 million. When he initially filed for Chapter 11 in March, the real estate developer listed his estimated debts at between $1 million and $10 million.