Legal Archive

Attorney David Couch Wields Initiatives To Change the Law

by Jan Cottingham 6/13/2016 12:00 am

David Couch's law practice is increasingly devoted to voter-initiated acts and constitutional amendments.

Medical Malpractice Proposal Seeks Out Public Vote

by George Waldon 6/13/2016 12:00 am

Advocates of capping noneconomic damage awards in lawsuits against health care providers have taken a new tack. They want to amend the Arkansas Constitution instead of making change through the Arkansas Legislature.

Class-Action Sanctions Against Lawyers Threaten Other Cases

by Mark Friedman 6/13/2016 12:00 am

When Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III sanctions 16 attorneys in a controversial insurance class-action case next week, it could make life harder for the plaintiffs' lawyers who have other cases pending in federal courts in Arkansas.

The Deterrent Effect (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/13/2016 12:00 am

It's been six months since Arkansas Business published an article by Senior Editor Mark Friedman that will change the careers of more lawyers than you can count on both hands, including some of the most prominent and successful in the state.

Blocking And Tackling (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/13/2016 12:00 am

It's easy in hindsight to spot errors. I don't know enough about auditing to know whether BKD's auditors were incompetent. I do know from hard experience that errors often seem obvious in hindsight, and while they may be the result of lazy technique, some errors are virtually unavoidable.

State Bar Studying Judicial Choice (Denise Hoggard Commentary)

by Denise Hoggard 6/13/2016 12:00 am

Much money has come into Arkansas from unidentified sources to fund advertising in recent judicial elections. That money and the advertising it purchased were aimed at undermining public confidence in our courts. Public confidence in the system is critical. When public confidence is threatened, the Arkansas Bar Association stands ready to protect and restore it.

Sydney Brown Joins Rainwater Holt & Sexton (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/13/2016 12:00 am

Brown is a 2015 graduate of the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

UA Law School Dean Stacy Leeds on What's Leading Law Students Into Business & Industy Roles

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/13/2016 12:00 am

Stacy Leeds has been dean and professor at the UA School of Law since 2011.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business '20 in Their 20s'

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/10/2016 08:44 am

Arkansas Business is once again taking nominations for its annual "20 in Their 20s" list, which honors young professions in their 20s.

Arkansas Agency Moves to Revoke Alcohol License After Deaths

by Associated Press 6/9/2016 04:17 pm

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division has issued an order revoking the alcohol license for a Springdale concert venue, saying it was responsible for the drunk driving deaths of two men.

NFL's Darren McFadden Claims Financial Planner Mishandled $15M

by Associated Press 6/9/2016 10:36 am

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden has sued his longtime business manager, saying he misappropriated and mishandled money over the years, including $3 million lost in a bitcoin business venture.

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Steel Mill Lawsuit

by Associated Press 6/8/2016 04:11 pm

A federal appeals court panel has upheld a judge's decision to dismiss a steel company's lawsuit challenging a rival's $1.3 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas.

US Sen. John Boozman Calls Trump Judge Comment 'Out of Line'

by Associated Press 6/7/2016 03:37 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman says Donald Trump was "out of line" when he said an American-born judge isn't qualified to preside over a case because of his Mexican heritage.

Democratic Rival Targets Boozman Over Trump Judge Comments

by Associated Press 6/7/2016 11:53 am

Democratic Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge is calling Donald Trump's comment that an American-born judge isn't qualified to preside over a case because of his Mexican heritage "outrageous."

Arkansas Judge Investigated for Sex Abuse, Misconduct

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 6/6/2016 11:44 am

For years, rumors swirled around a small-town Arkansas judge. Now many male defendants have come forward to accuse Joseph Boeckmann of misconduct, saying he offered them a way out of traffic fines if they would pose nude for him and allow him to spank them.

Lawmakers Face Growing To-Do List for '17 Session (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/6/2016 07:24 am

It's already clear lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have a full plate for the 2017 session.

BKD Agrees to $4 Million Settlement with FDIC

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Accounting firm BKD LLP agreed to pay the FDIC $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit tied to the 2010 failure of First Southern Bank of Batesville.

Fifth Amendment Rights Behind One Bank & Trust Trial Delay

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

An unusual plea deal struck by former One Bank & Trust executive Gary Rickenbach has delayed the trial of two of his former co-workers, Brad Paul and Mike Heald

Little Rock Law Firm Carney Bates Going Into the Breach Against Google

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Carney Bates & Pulliam PLLC, the Little Rock law firm representing Matt Campbell in his lawsuit against Facebook, also is handling a potential class-action privacy lawsuit against Google and is involved in several other high-profile data breach cases.

Focus in Turner Grain Case Shifts to K.B.X.

by Mark Friedman 6/6/2016 12:00 am

Lonoke County farmers hope to recover the $5.5 million they lost dealing with Turner Grain Inc. from a company they claim worked closely with the Brinkley crop broker: K.B.X. Inc. of Benton.