Legal Archive

Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect 50 Arkansas Inmates

by Associated Press 1/26/2016 06:44 am

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday will allow more than 50 Arkansas inmates serving life sentences without parole for murders they committed as juveniles a chance to one day be free, but how that will happen is still in question.

Federal Judge OKs Bid to Expand Planned Parenthood Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/25/2016 02:48 pm

A federal judge has approved Planned Parenthood's request to expand its lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to cut off Medicaid funding to the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

As Sentencing Approaches, Dennis Smiley Attorney Says Banks Share Responsibility

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank's Benton County market, expects to go to federal prison after he is sentenced Thursday for bank fraud.

Oklahoma Bank Registers $3M Judgment Against Phil Herrington

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

The judgment represents the outstanding balance on a $4 million loan from First Commercial Bank of Edmond, Oklahoma.

A Matter of Life in Debt (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Dennis Smiley is almost a caricature. How could any intelligent, well-educated person — a banker, no less — mistake debt for wealth? How could he have overspent more than the vast majority of Americans, even well-paid ones, will earn in a lifetime of honest work?

Judge Approves Sale of John Rogers Photos

by George Waldon 1/25/2016 12:00 am

One of the historic treasures of early 20th century major league baseball is headed toward the auction block, but conflicting claims on the famed Conlon Collection still await courtroom resolution.

Ryan Younger Takes New Role at Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

R. Ryan Younger has been named a member of Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull PLLC in Little Rock. Younger, whose practice concentrates on civil litigation, joined the firm in 2010 after serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson in Arkansas' Western District.

A Master Class in Feedback (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 1/25/2016 12:00 am

Every year, aspiring singers participate in auditions for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Judges provide feedback to each of the singers. Most of the conversations were great examples of powerful feedback, delivered with skill and impact.

Labor Judge: Wal-Mart Strikes Protected Under Law

by Associated Press 1/22/2016 10:04 am

A National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unlawfully disciplined workers who staged protests in May and June of 2013 and ordered the retailer to reinstate 16 former employees, as well as give them back pay.

Arkansas Court Asked to Revive Case Over Magazine Loan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/21/2016 11:24 am

A Hot Springs man is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to revive his lawsuit challenging a university's loan to the Oxford American magazine, arguing the textbook revenues and other cash used to pay for the loan are public funds.

Judge Takes No Action in Civil Contempt Case Against John Rogers

by George Waldon 1/20/2016 12:05 pm

Civil contempt proceedings against John Rogers were put on hold this morning in Pulaski County Circuit Court. But the judge did give the green light to the sale of the famed Charles Conlon Collection of glass-plate negatives.

Supreme Court Rejects Arkansas Bid to Revive Abortion Law

by Associated Press 1/19/2016 09:13 am

The Supreme Court is refusing to revive an Arkansas law that would have banned abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 09:12 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced appointments to state boards and commissions as well as judicial appointments.

John Goodson, Others Respond to Judge; Court Date Reset

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

The "show-cause" hearing date involving more than a dozen attorneys in the controversial class-action "forum shopping" case has been moved up a day to Feb. 18.

Albert Solaroli Due To Be Sentenced in One Bank Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Albert Solaroli, the Florida businessman who pleaded guilty last April to money laundering related to an infamous $1.5 million loan from One Bank & Trust, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock.

Bingaman Sentenced to Four Months in Prison

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Last week John T. Bingaman of Benton was finally sentenced, two years and four months after he pleaded guilty to two federal felony charges.

Attorneys Title Group Adds Matt Martin (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Matt Martin of North Little Rock has joined Attorneys Title Group of Little Rock as an escrow officer.

Guilty Plea in Feeding Program Funds Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/15/2016 04:26 pm

A 25-year-old North Little Rock man pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with fraudulently receiving government funds intended to feed children in low income areas during the school year.

Former Arkansas Chief Justice Hannah Dies at Age 71

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/14/2016 01:06 pm

Former Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah, who led the court as it tackled high-profile cases involving voter ID, gay marriage and school funding, has died. He was 71.

Rutledge Rejects Medical Marijuana Measure's Wording

by Associated Press 1/13/2016 04:04 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.