Legal Archive

Judgment Rises in '$10B' Fraud Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2018 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge increased a judgment last month in favor of a New York investor against an Arkansas man who boasted about having connections to former President Bill Clinton.

Fayetteville Wedding Venue Grooms Lawsuit Against Pet Kennel

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Officials of a wedding venue in west Fayetteville filed an appeal in Washington County Circuit Court to overturn a decision that would allow a dog and cat boarding facility to operate on an adjacent property.

Trust, But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/5/2018 12:00 am

UAMS, ostensibly accountable to the public, is selling its doctors' services, and the taxpayers who employ those doctors aren't allowed to know how much the buyer is paying.

On Passing, And Failing, Civics (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas students are required to pass a civics test, the same test immigrants must pass to become naturalized American citizens, to be eligible for high school diplomas or General Educational Development certificates. If only legislators had to take it too.

Cantrell Drug Hiring in Face of Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Cantrell Drug Co. of North Little Rock said last week that it has hired about 25 people since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in November.

Amazon Has Not Delivered a Sales Tax Windfall, So Far

by Marty Cook 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Amazon, the online retailing goliath based in Seattle, announced last February that it would start collecting sales tax owed on purchases made by Arkansas residents. The early, non-exact results are in: more, but not as much as predicted by many.

Gill Ragon Owen Promotes Beach, Hires Dennis (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2018 12:00 am

Robert Beach has been named shareholder and director of Gill Ragon Owen in Little Rock.

Wright Lindsey Jennings Names Four New Partners

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2018 01:19 pm

Wright Lindsey Jennings announced Thursday four new partners: attorneys Neemah Esmaeilpour, Jason Hendren, Jaimie Moss and Glenn Ritter.

Arkansas Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Immunity Ruling

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2018 06:49 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Tuesday they're concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that they can't scale back the state's immunity from lawsuits, and said they may need to put the issue before voters.

State Sen. Jake Files Pleads Guilty to Federal Crimes in GIF Scandal

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2018 03:41 pm

The Fort Smith Republican waived indictment and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud in connection with money routed to him from the state General Improvement Fund.

'The King Can Do No Wrong': Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Right to Sue State (Adrienne Griffis Commentary)

by Adrienne Griffis 1/29/2018 01:07 pm

An Arkansas Supreme Court decision this month has a serious impact on the rights of state employees.

Outside Groups May Factor in Arkansas Court Race (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/29/2018 06:55 am

Courtney Goodson and David Sterling are about to face off in what could be another costly and heated fight for a state high court seat that could overshadow other races on the ballot this year.

Governed Vs. Governors (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/29/2018 12:00 am

At a time when the free press is attacked daily by a man whose oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States seems as sacred as his marriage vows, the story of newspapers taking existential risks to tell the truth worked on me like a tonic.

Your Virtual Staff Is Clocking In (Stephen Carlisle Expert Advice)

by Stephen Carlisle 1/29/2018 12:00 am

Businesses across the country have become increasingly flexible with regard to remote workers — those people who work from an off-site location on a project basis and aren't part of the company's full-time staff. It's an attractive model for employers and workers alike, and presents unique opportunities and challenges to both parties.

New Jersey Company Cleans Up in Fayetteville (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 1/29/2018 12:00 am

A New Jersey finance company has invested in northwest Arkansas property again, this time buying two Fayetteville car washes.

As Market Values Fall, Malls Seek Lower Tax Assessments

by Mark Friedman 1/29/2018 12:00 am

Two Arkansas malls are challenging their 2017 property assessments, saying they are millions of dollars too high, a move that could become a trend as market values fall for malls and department stores struggling to attract shoppers.

Soul of the South Legal War Drags On

by George Waldon 1/29/2018 12:00 am

The legal battle over the broadcast license of KMYA-TV, Channel 49, is entering its 23rd month with resolution nowhere in sight.

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 1/29/2018 12:00 am

After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors' money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out.

Bentonville Case Reflects Wave of Suits By White Men

by Mark Friedman 1/29/2018 12:00 am

A Benton County man who claimed he lost his job because he was male and not Jewish recently lost his case in federal appeals court, but his allegations reflect a growing trend of white men suing employers for discrimination.

Mother, Daughter Plead Guilty in Fake Will Crime

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2018 03:23 pm

A former Camden real estate agent and her 22-year-old daughter have pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to a fake will for a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion who later died in a car wreck.