Legal Archive

Arkansas 'Bathroom Bill' Would Cover Government Buildings

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/7/2017 07:13 am

An Arkansas lawmaker proposed prohibiting people from using bathrooms in government buildings that do not match their gender at birth.

Amazon Shares Echo Data with Arkansas Prosecutor in Murder Case

by Associated Press 3/7/2017 07:06 am

Amazon dropped its fight against a subpoena in an Arkansas murder case after the defendant said he wouldn't mind if the company shared data gathered by an Amazon Echo device.

Update: John Rogers Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Cites 'Greed'

by George Waldon 3/7/2017 06:57 am

John Rogers of North Little Rock, who federal prosecutors say defrauded investors by offering a phony Heisman Trophy as collateral for a $100,000 loan, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. He says his motivation was "greed" and also admitted to selling inauthentic memorabilia.

Arkansas Legislator Wants Concealed Carry at State Capitol

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 3/6/2017 06:40 am

Despite metal detectors and armed guards at the doors to the Capitol and leading to galleries overlooking the Arkansas House, a state lawmaker says he would feel safer if he were allowed to pack his own heat.

Lex Golden Lists Nearly $8 Million in Liabilities in Bankruptcy Filing

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Lex Golden, the Little Rock banker who once controlled two Arkansas financial institutions, recently filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Lawsuit Alleges Companies Attempted To Break Egg Farmers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

An Oklahoma farmer of pasture-raised eggs has filed a lawsuit in district court in Adair County against two egg companies, including Arkansas Egg Co. of Summers (Washington County).

Clinton Distributor In Court Over Missing McDonald's Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

A Clinton food distributor has started a fight over having to pay for nearly 2 million pounds of frozen mozzarella cheese sticks.

Arkansas' Arcane Liquor Laws Slowly Loosen

by Jan Cottingham 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The controversy over the grocery wine bill illustrates the importance of convenience to the alcohol consumer, convenience is a quality-of-life issue, and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to tourism.

Time for an Overhaul (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Like the U.S. Tax Code, Arkansas' liquor laws need an overhaul that recognizes changing attitudes and shopping habits and economic realities of a product that, as the 18th Amendment taught us, will not be denied.

Podiatrist's Purchase of Convention Center Gives Texarkana Officials Cold Feet

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

A Texas podiatrist with a past that includes a federal conviction wants to buy the troubled Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn out of bankruptcy — and that has some Texarkana officials on the Arkansas side concerned.

Midsouth Bank Accuses Arkansas Convention Center Owner of Fraud

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette, Louisiana, has asked a bankruptcy court judge not to allow Dr. Hiren D. Patel, who owns the Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn in Texarkana, to be allowed to walk away from a $13.3 million debt he owes the bank.

Kutak Rock Names Four Partners (NWA Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

G. Nick Arnold of Rogers, Dale Brown of Fayetteville, Ashley Welch Hudson of Little Rock and Samantha Leflar of Fayetteville have all been named partners at Kutak Rock LLP.

Updated: Former State Sen. Jon Woods, Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III Indicted

by Mark Friedman and Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 05:09 pm

Randell Shelton Jr., a mutual friend of Woods and Paris is also charged in the 13-count indictment that represents the second phase of a corruption scandal that came to light with a guilty plea in January by former state Rep. Micah Neal.

Richard Johns Pleads Guilty In Pill Mill Conspiracy

by Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 02:36 pm

Richard Johns' wife, children and priest watched as he tearfully pleaded guilty to taking money in exchange for prescribing tens of thousands of painkiller tablets to middlemen who federal prosecutors said resold them.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bids for Marriage, Abortion Amendments

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/1/2017 06:55 am

The Arkansas Senate endorses a long-shot effort to push for amending the U.S. Constitution to effectively ban gay marriage and abortion, a move one Republican lawmaker said is needed to overturn rulings from the nation's highest court.

Arkansas House Votes to Put Tort-Reform Proposal on Ballot

by Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:03 am

The Arkansas House has voted to place on the ballot a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorney's fees and punitive damages in lawsuits.

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Changes to Campus Guns Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:01 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Monday they're negotiating more changes to a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses after it faced resistance from the National Rifle Association over its age and training restrictions.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve New Limits on Open Records Law

by Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:00 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved bills that would limit public access to government records, including measures keeping security information about the state Capitol and the Governor's Mansion secret.

Leslie Rutledge Elected Vice Chairwoman of Republican AGs Group

by Associated Press 2/27/2017 10:39 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has been elected vice chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Conlon Settlement Offers Small Payouts to John Rogers Investors

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2017 12:00 am

An 11th-hour settlement spared Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza from deciding how to divvy $1.5 million from last year's auction of the famed Conlon Collection, formerly owned by John Rogers