Legal Archive

What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

by Associated Press 7/16/2014 11:31 am

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts?

Dustin McDaniel Reaches Settlement with National Police Defense Foundation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/15/2014 04:25 pm

The New-Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation has agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to Arkansas donors and to permanently stop fundraising activities in the state. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the settlement Tuesday.

Setback for Medical Pot Push in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/13/2014 05:58 pm

In 2012, by the slimmest of margins, Arkansas missed being the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana - less than 2 percent. Nearly two years later, another push to legalize the drug failed to even muster enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart for Crash That Killed 1 in New Jersey

by Associated Press 7/12/2014 10:47 am

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over a highway crash involving one of its drivers that left him seriously injured and a fellow comedian dead.

Opponents Say 12-Week Abortion Ban Won't Stand

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 04:10 pm

Arkansas is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent that abortion is legal until the point a fetus can live outside the womb, opponents of a state law that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy argued Thursday.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create 'Right to Farm'

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 01:56 pm

The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation's food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It's also possible that the right-to-farm idea could sputter as a merely symbolic gesture that carries little practical effect beyond driving up voter turnout in local elections.

Top Senate Democrat Blocks Votes on Gun Proposals

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 09:45 am

The legislation was seen as a political boon to Democratic senators from GOP-leaning states who co-sponsored the bill and face competitive re-election races this November. That included the chief Democratic sponsor, Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, plus co-sponsors Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Udall of Colorado.

Secretary of State: Don't Block Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 09:43 am

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.

Prosecutors Plan Appeal in Case of Brandon Barber's Attorney, K. Vaughn Knight

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2014 04:56 pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes' decision to throw out a jury's conviction of Knight on eight felony charges.

Arkansas Voters May Get to Decide on Minimum Wage, Alcohol Sales

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/7/2014 03:41 pm

Arkansas voters may have the chance this fall to decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage and expand alcohol sales, but won't get a vote on legalizing marijuana after Monday's deadline to qualify for the ballot passed.

Ballot Initiatives: No for Medical Marijuana, Yes for Expanded Alcohol, Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 11:12 am

A measure to legalize medical marijuana falls short of the signatures required to be placed on the November ballot, while initiatives to expands alcohol sales and raise the state minimum wage appear headed to the ballot.

OJ's, Razorclean Kick Up Dirt After Losing Bid Leads to Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Losing a bid in February to clean the headquarters of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department to Madre Hill's Razorclean Maids spurred O.J.'s Service Two owner Charles Hinson to launch his own investigation into his cleaning rival.

The Legal Pitfalls of LEED (J. Cliff McKinney II Expert Advice)

by J. Cliff McKinney II 7/7/2014 12:00 am

I am a major supporter of the LEED rating system and truly believe it is the best way to verify that a building is environmentally friendly. However, as with nearly anything, there are legal pitfalls that participants in the LEED rating system may not be aware of.

Lawsuits Pending In Fatal Crash

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Central Flying is defending itself in three lawsuits filed following a Jan. 24, 2013, incident that killed a pilot and his three passengers near Monroe, Louisiana.

Illinois Company Sour Over Fayetteville Distributor's Lack of Sugar Rush

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

An Illinois company that was expecting nearly 35 million pounds of sugar by the end of 2015 was shocked when the Fayetteville supplier canceled the contract in April.

Whirlpool OKs Proposed Settlement in Fort Smith Contamination Suit

by Associated Press 7/5/2014 01:39 pm

Whirlpool Corp. has agreed to a proposed settlement with property owners in a class-action lawsuit that alleges groundwater contamination near the company's former plant in Fort Smith.

Mike Beebe Signs Lottery, Insurance, Prison Bills Into Law

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 04:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law measures approved during this week's special session addressing teacher health insurance premiums, new limits on the lottery and additional funding for state prisons.

Mike Beebe Plans to Issue 10 Pardons

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 01:58 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has announced plans to grant 10 pardons to applicants who have completed all jail time, fulfilled parole and probation requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Insurance Agent Steve Standridge Pleads Guilty, With Caveats

by Gwen Moritz 7/2/2014 11:43 am

Steve Standridge pleaded guilty to two of the 35 federal felony counts against him, but he reserved the right to withdraw the plea.