Legal Archive

Deal To Buy Soul of the South HQ Scorched

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 12:00 am

An offer to purchase the note on the building housing Soul of the South and several related entities fell through after three days late last month.

Waste, Fraud & Abuse (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Wherever there are human beings, there will be waste, fraud and abuse. There is waste in your household budget. In any business of any size, someone is abusing a policy or a credit card. But hardly any human institutions present the opportunity for waste, fraud and abuse on the scale that we've seen in Medicare and Medicaid. And the revelations just keep on coming.

Relationships Form Core of Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines

by Jan Cottingham 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Though no family members of the founders are now associated with Wood Smith, the firm still understands the importance of relationships, particularly in a town the size of Hot Springs. And its members understand the importance of stories, narratives that explain their place in the world.

RaiseTheMoney.com Promises To Revolutionize Political Fundraising

by Austin DuVall 7/13/2015 12:00 am

RaiseTheMoney.com, a nonpartisan online fundraising company in Little Rock, signed on 71 new campaigns in June, totaling more than 200 accounts since its founding 18 months ago by Chris Stewart, the company's CEO.

Medicaid Fraud Leads To $33.6M Lawsuit Against LR Care Center

by Mark Friedman 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The alleged Medicaid fraud at Step-by-Step Senior Care Inc. of Little Rock was so widespread that the company billed for services that a fictitious employee didn't provide.

Democrat-Gazette Policy Changes After Same-Sex Marriage Decision

by Sean Beherec 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The first known same-sex marriage announcement to be published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette appeared in the statewide newspaper last week.

Overtime Rule Big Change for Business (Missy Duke Commentary)

by Missy Duke 7/13/2015 12:00 am

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary for employees exempt under the “white-collar” exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to $970 per week, the equivalent of $50,440 annually, which represents the 40th percentile of earnings for all full-time salaried workers throughout the United States.

Marriage Ruling Opens Fight Within Arkansas GOP (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/12/2015 01:28 pm

A social conservative who once called for banning gay couples from becoming foster parents, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was an unlikely foil for members of his own party outraged at the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

Leslie Rutledge Launches Metal Theft Initiative

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 7/10/2015 07:33 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge launched an initiative Thursday to deter Arkansas' persistent problem of metal theft through increased training and tracking.

Little Rock Man Accused of Defrauding USDA Feeding Program

by Associated Press 7/9/2015 02:08 pm

Prosecutors have accused a Little Rock of defrauding a federal feeding program.

US Appeals Court Denies Rehearing in Arkansas Abortion Case

by Associated Press 7/9/2015 10:22 am

A federal appeals court has denied the Arkansas attorney general's request for a rehearing after the state's 12-week abortion ban was found unconstitutional.

Federal Prosecutors Sue Scooter Stuart's Estate, Family Trusts

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2015 10:27 am

The lawsuit is the latest in a cascade of civil and criminal cases alleging widespread and long-term fraud by Stuart and other executives of One Bank & Trust and its holding company.

Securities Department Seeks Steele Stephens Fine Payment

by Sean Beherec 7/8/2015 10:27 am

The Arkansas Securities Department has filed a complaint against Steele Stephens, stating he has not yet paid a $20,000 fine that was ordered in May.

Mayflower Oil Spill Consent Decree Put Up for Court Approval

by Associated Press 7/8/2015 06:53 am

The federal government has asked a U.S. District Court judge to approve a final version of a consent decree with the state of Arkansas and Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower in central Arkansas.

Arkansas Settles with USA Publishing

by Associated Press 7/8/2015 06:52 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she's reached a settlement with Conway-based USA Publishing over allegations of deceptive practices.

Leslie Rutledge Urges Data Breach Law Enforcement

by Associated Press 7/8/2015 06:49 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has added her name to a letter signed by 47 state attorneys general urging Congress to ensure that any future federal data breach notification or data security law provides consumers with the best protection.

Groups Call for Hindu, Satanic, Vegan Displays at Arkansas Capitol

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 7/7/2015 03:43 pm

Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, firefighters and the Little Rock Nine might be joined by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.

Arkansas Supreme Court Punts on Gay Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/6/2015 07:07 am

By punting a same-sex marriage case that sat before it for more than seven months, members of the Arkansas Supreme Court left unresolved a serious question about how sacrosanct a voter-approved constitutional amendment really is.

Allied Bank Properties Put Up On the Block

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Allied Bank of Mulberry has retained the services of Little Rock's Blackmon Auctions to sell real estate collected mostly from borrowers on loans gone bad.

Heartland Bank's Walter Quinn Building Loan Settlement with Texas Bank

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Walter Quinn, a leading investor in Heartland Bank of Bryant, is working through some financial difficulties in Oklahoma.