Legal Archive

Lawsuit in Arkansas Challenges Beer, Wine Sales Proposal in Texas

by Associated Press 8/11/2014 09:43 am

Two Texarkana, Arkansas, liquor store owners are challenging a proposal to allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption in Texarkana, Texas.

Whistleblower Case Alleges Fraud Against Wal-Mart

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

A former executive of a personal care products company said she was canned for reporting an alleged fraud that her firm was committing against its biggest customer — Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Bonding Company Gets OK To Garnish Portion of Joyce Judy's Paycheck

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Cumis Insurance Society Inc., the bonding company that was stung by Joyce Judy, will start to recover some of the money she swiped when she was president of the Arkansas Employees Federal Credit Union in Little Rock.

Greene County Unveils $16.5M Jail Expansion

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The first phase of a $16.5 million expansion project at the Greene County Detention Center was recently completed.

The Maggio Effect (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Reading the findings of fact included in the state Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission's sanctions against suspended Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio were more than we could take.

Gary Head: Smiley Told Me He'd Made Mistakes

by George Waldon 8/8/2014 08:00 am

Gary Head, chairman, president and CEO of Fayetteville's Signature Bank of Arkansas, says he learned of the multimillion-dollar loan scandal involving Dennis Smiley Jr. in a phone call from Smiley himself.

Arvest Bank Settles With 18 Dennis Smiley Creditors

by George Waldon 8/8/2014 07:58 am

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has settled with 18 of 20 creditors who loaned money to one of its former executives, Dennis Smiley Jr. Only First State Bank of De Queen, where Smiley's namesake father is chairman, and Signature Bank of Arkansas in Fayetteville remain as possible claimants seeking money from Smiley's Arvest Bank Group stock purchase and stock option plans.

Arkansas Judge Mike Maggio to be Suspended for Online Comments

by Associated Press 8/6/2014 02:36 pm

An Arkansas judge has agreed to never seek judicial office again in the state after admitting that he made inappropriate comments online, including the revelation of confidential details involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.

Union Power Partners Files for Chapter 11 Reorganization

by Mark Friedman 8/6/2014 11:07 am

The Entegra Power Group LLC of Tampa, Florida, and several of its subsidiaries, including Union Power Partners L.P., of El Dorado, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business' CFO of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2014 11:28 am

Arkansas Business is searching for the state's most outstanding chief financial officers for its sixth "CFO of the Year" awards. You can nominate CFOs here.

Gay Couples Ask Justices to Recuse in Marriage Case

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 04:19 pm

Same-sex couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban are asking any state Supreme Court justices who plan on seeking re-election to recuse from the case, arguing a legislative resolution supporting the prohibition could sway their opinion.

Asa Hutchinson Vows to Join Lawsuit Challenging EPA Ruling

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 04:15 pm

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal's government's proposed rules for power-plant pollution that are aimed at reducing global warming.

FDIC Still Mopping Up Kevin Lewis' Fraud Mess

by Mark Friedman 8/4/2014 12:00 am

More than two-and-a-half years after former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for bank fraud, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. continues to clean up his mess.

Power List Incomplete (Feedback)

by Tré Kitchens 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock attorney Tré Kitchens saw a few glaring omissions in Arkansas Business' recent Power List issue.

New Human Rights Campaign Post Shows Arkansas as Battleground (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/3/2014 11:00 am

With the hiring of a state director for the first time in Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign has highlighted how much of a battleground the state has become in the fight over equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Forest Place Arsonist Pleads Guilty to Two Counts

by Gwen Moritz 8/1/2014 05:04 pm

Lacey Rae Moore faces at least 12 years in prison and has agreed to pay restitution of more than $12.5 million for damage caused by seven fires, including five for which criminal charges were dropped as part of her plea deal.

Judge Rules Allens Inc. Must Pay $2M Claim

by Mark Friedman 8/1/2014 11:35 am

A U.S. District Bankruptcy Court judge rules that the defunct Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs has to pay a claim totaling $2.25 million to D&E Farms Inc. of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

Hospitals, Medical Society At Odds Over New Legislation

by Mark Friedman 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Medical Society and the Arkansas Hospital Association don't see eye-to-eye on new legislation that deals with physician peer reviews. Last month, Baptist Health of Little Rock, Mercy Health System of Chesterfield, Missouri, which operates six hospitals in Arkansas, and Washington Regional Medical Center of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court challenging the constitutionality of the Peer Review Fairness Act of 2013.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.