Legal Archive

ALL-CAPS OUTRAGE (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

My position has always been that voters should have a reasonable opportunity to decide the wet-dry question. I would prefer that they be able to decide it on a county-by-county basis, but the liquor store owners, through their friends in the Legislature, made it unreasonably difficult and expensive to get county-specific referendums on the ballot. So now we'll get a statewide vote instead.

Receiver Takes Control of Turner Grain

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

U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody Jr. named bankruptcy attorney Kevin Keech and his North Little Rock law firm to take control of what's left of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Fed Uncaps Its Case Against Mountain Pure's John Stacks

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

The criminal trial of John Stacks, owner of Mountain Pure water bottler and former CEO of HomeBank of Arkansas, commenced last week before U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes, 12 jurors and two alternates.

Investor Sued Over Sour Soul of the South Deal

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

SSN Funding Ltd., n affiliate of Soul of the South Media Holdings Inc. of Little Rock, alleges that TVi Media LLC of New York didn't make good on an agreement to invest in the national network dedicated to news and entertainment as told from the perspective of black Americans living in the South.

Supreme Court Justices Signal Skepticism on Voter ID (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/5/2014 01:54 pm

If their questions during oral arguments last week are any indication, some Arkansas Supreme Court justices are skeptical about the idea that the state's voter ID law amounts to merely a verification of registration and not a new requirement for casting a ballot.

Leslie Rutledge Registers to Vote

by Associated Press 10/3/2014 09:00 pm

Republican Arkansas attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge on Friday filed "under protest" her voter registration application with the Arkansas secretary of state's office after her name was removed from voter rolls earlier this week.

Eric Holder, Bill Clinton to Address Leaders in Little Rock

by Associated Press 10/3/2014 03:51 pm

Former President Bill Clinton and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to address a group of mayors and police chiefs gathering in Little Rock next week to discuss race and community policing.

Stephens Attorney: 'Sloppy Process' Put Wage Hike on the Ballot

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/2/2014 04:14 pm

A lawyer for a Little Rock businessman who hopes to strike a minimum wage increase from next month's ballot told a special master for the state Supreme Court on Thursday that a "sloppy process" doomed the idea from the start.

Human Services Deputy Pleads Guilty to Bribery

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/2/2014 03:36 pm

Steven B. Jones, 49, a former deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Arkansas Supreme Court Justices Weigh Voter ID Requirement

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/2/2014 01:49 pm

Arkansas Supreme Court justices on Thursday questioned whether the state's constitution allows for requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot as they heard arguments on whether the voter ID law should be upheld.

Court Sets Oral Arguments in Saline County Alcohol Case

by Associated Press 10/2/2014 10:03 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 23 in a lawsuit that seeks to place a measure on the November ballot that would legalize alcohol sales in Saline County.

Mike Beebe Names Special Justice for Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 10/1/2014 02:07 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe has named a retired judge from Harrison to fill in as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court in the lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

Federal Jury Rules in Favor of Lindsey Management in Overtime Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/1/2014 12:06 pm

A federal jury cleared Lindsey Management Co. of Fayetteville, the largest apartment complex manager in Arkansas, of any wrongdoing in a federal lawsuit from former employees claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Mike Beebe Makes 28 Appointments to Arkansas Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/1/2014 10:49 am

Gov. Mike Beebe announced a judicial appointment along with others to state boards and commissions.

Wal-Mart: Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt in Crash

by David Porter, The Associated Press 9/29/2014 04:56 pm

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday.

Arguments Set This Week in Arkansas Voter ID Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/29/2014 07:46 am

Arkansas' highest court is set to take up a case this week that could decide whether the state's voters will be required to show photo identification at the polls in the November election.

Otter Creek Mall Development Decades in the Making

by George Waldon 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Once upon a time, the current site of the Gateway Town Center and Bass Pro developments was slated to be part of a grand 1.1 million-SF regional mall development. The fabled Otter Creek Mall never achieved escape velocity from its drawing board concept unveiled on April Fool's Day in 1980.

FDIC Sues Members of Acme's Golden Family over Unpaid Loans

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

The president of Allied Bank's Acme Holding Co. and his sister are the subjects of federal lawsuits. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued Alex Golden and Amy Golden McCay in U.S. District Court in Atlanta over delinquent loans totaling more than $1 million.

Former District Judge James Moody Returns to Wright Lindsey & Jennings

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

James M. Moody Sr., who retired earlier this year as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, has rejoined his previous law firm, Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP of Little Rock, in an of counsel role. He will lead private mediations and arbitrations and will consult on litigation strategies with attorneys both inside and outside the firm.

Groups Argue Over Alcohol Measure on Arkansas Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/26/2014 09:43 am

Opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all Arkansas counties argued Thursday it would lead to liquor stores opening near churches and schools, an accusation the group behind the measure denied as the two sides filed briefs before the state's highest court.