Legal Archive

Arkansas Supreme Court Says Current Justices Should Hear Marriage Case

by Associated Press 5/7/2015 09:36 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court says its current lineup of justices should decide whether to legalize gay marriage in the state.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Private Option Enrollment High Among Arkansas Parolees

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 01:32 pm

About 70 percent of the state's more than 52,000 parolees and probationers have signed up for Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, prison and parole officials told a legislative task force Thursday.

Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Over Energy Regulation

by Associated Press 5/4/2015 01:09 pm

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Jacksonville Funeral Home Buried Under Barrage of Lawsuits

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The emergency suspension of Arkansas Funeral Care & Crematory's license in January was just the beginning of its problems. The Jacksonville funeral home is now the target of six lawsuits in Arkansas state courts from angry family members.

Judge Finds Arvest Violated Bankruptcy Code by Firing Employee

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ben Barry has ordered back pay for David Dwelle of Arkadelphia, who challenged his firing from an Arvest subsidiary because he couldn't repay a credit card issued by Arvest Bank.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Receives Chapter 7

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Dale C. Bartlett has his Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation — and not everyone's happy about it.

Former Windstream Sales Rep Sues for Owed Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

A former sales representative who helped a Windstream Holdings Corp. subsidiary secure a $12 million contract is now suing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in commission.

Cross County Responds to Ambulance Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Southern Ambulance of Wynne last month sued the county, members of the quorum court and its competitor, Ambulance Services of Forrest City LLC, which drives emergency vehicles under the name of Cross County EMS. Southern Ambulance said it has exclusive rights to the serve the approximately 17,500 people who live in the east Arkansas county, according to its lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Executive Moves Made at Simmons First Investment Group (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Carolyn May has joined Simmons First Investment Group in Little Rock and Ken Adams, David Seay, Joe France, Reed Willett and Angela Johnson have been promoted.

Partners Work To Revive Back Yard Burgers Brand

by Jan Cottingham 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Josh Powell and his father, Gifford, are working to revive a brand once popular in central Arkansas: Back Yard Burgers.

Consolidation Pares Roster of Arkansas Banks

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 started with 120 separate banks chartered in Arkansas and ended with 109. Two have become inactive in 2015.

New Offer Ready, But Will Money Materialize for John Rogers Collection?

by George Waldon 5/4/2015 12:00 am

John Rogers has been working closely with a would-be buyer of his former sports memorabilia and photo archive, according to a sworn deposition given by one of his many creditors. The proposal, $28 million in cash plus stock, is awaiting court review. It isn't the first problematic business deal visited on Arkansas by Tim Holly and his Red Alert Media Matrix Inc.

Lawyer for Martha Shoffner Challenges Possible Sentence

by Associated Press 5/1/2015 03:37 pm

An attorney for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is objecting to a presentencing report that suggests she spend at least 15 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions.

US Attorney Conner Eldridge Named to Advisory Committee

by Associated Press 4/30/2015 01:34 pm

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas is one of six new members named to the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee.

Independent Citizens Commission Backs 23 Percent Pay Raise for Prosecutors

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/30/2015 11:30 am

An independent committee is calling for giving Arkansas' full-time prosecutors a 23 percent pay raise.

As Unrest and Arrests Grow, Hillary Clinton Evolves on Crime

by Associated Press 4/30/2015 07:14 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton issued an impassioned call for overhauling an "out of balance" criminal justice system Tuesday, using her first major public policy address as a presidential candidate to reflect on the recent unrest in Baltimore and push for an end to "the era of mass incarceration."

Matthew Sweet, Former One Bank Controller, Sentenced to Probation

by Gwen Moritz 4/29/2015 04:03 pm

Federal prosecutors agreed to seek no prison time for Sweet, who had repaid One Bank for $110,000 embezzled to pay his personal credit cards.

8th Circuit Court of Appeals Defers Gay Marriage Cases

by Associated Press 4/29/2015 03:34 pm

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has deferred arguments and a decision on four same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.