Legal Archive

Insurance Agent Steve Standridge Pleads Guilty, With Caveats

by Gwen Moritz 7/2/2014 11:43 am

Steve Standridge pleaded guilty to two of the 35 federal felony counts against him, but he reserved the right to withdraw the plea.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

Waiting Room: Medicare Appeals Tie Up Hospitals' Millions

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Adding to hospital frustration is the way that the RACs, which are private companies, are paid: They have a financial incentive to deny as many claims as possible because they receive up to 12.5 percent of the money recovered.

Jim Bolt Criminal Saga Reveals ‘A Certain Amount Of Genius'

by Gwen Moritz 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A federal judge sentenced James W. Bolt to a sentence 29 months longer than standard sentencing guidelines. It was an acknowledgement that the only way to keep Bolt from breaking the law was to keep him locked up.

Dental Examiners Board Asks Court To Toss Ben Burris Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners recently asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by orthodontist Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith.

We Told You So (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Sometimes it takes a long time, but vindication, like revenge, is tasty even when served cold. In this week's issue we have satisfying news about some of the problematic personalities that had been the subject of earlier reporting in our publication.

Pambra's Says New Jersey Company Should Go Belly Up on Tummy Liner Infringement

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Pambra's said it created and sells the tummy liner, a cotton-based piece of material that is worn under the lower belly fold of obese people to keep the skin dry and preventing chaffing. A pack of three sells for about $20 on Amazon.com.

Insurance Company Hot Over Craighead County Halloween Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

An incident last Halloween season is still haunting the owners of a spook house in Craighead County. Nightmare Productions Haunted House owners Cody and Nicole Russell are facing a lawsuit filed last month by Western World Insurance Co. of New Jersey.

Judge Jolts Electric Supplier in Noncompete Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Not only did U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson recently rule in favor of a group of workers who were sued for quitting their jobs to join a competitor, but he awarded the lawyers who represented them attorneys' fees and costs in the case.

Court Tosses Most Contempt Fines Issued By Wendell Griffen Against Lawyer

by Associated Press 6/26/2014 12:36 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out nine of the 10 contempt violations a judge issued to an attorney who represented a former Little Rock police officer in a manslaughter trial over the shooting death of a teenager.

ACLU Asks Judge Tim Fox to Block Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 6/24/2014 01:31 pm

A civil liberties group asked an Arkansas judge Tuesday to block the state from enforcing its voter ID law, saying more than 1,000 people were disenfranchised during last month's primary election because of the requirement to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Jim Bolt: 100 Months 'Essentially a Life Sentence'

by Gwen Moritz 6/24/2014 11:14 am

U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville threw the book at the career criminal because "there's a high likelihood that Mr. Bolt will recidivate."

Testimony: Arvest Bank Was Jim Bolt's Biggest Victim

by Gwen Moritz 6/24/2014 11:04 am

The Fayetteville bank had to make good on a guarantee it issued when Bolt fraudulently claimed $1.9 million in assets held as unclaimed by the state of California, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Dustin McDaniel Files Suit Against Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 04:28 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Roger D. Pleasant, the businesses he owns and his employees for deception and harassing tactics in their attempts to convince accident victims to visit a chiropractor.

Bolt Sentenced to 100 Months in Prison; Ordered to Pay $2.5M in Restitution

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 02:33 pm

James W. "Jim" Bolt was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison on Monday, and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution. Bolt pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in January.

Government Recovers $4M in Late Mountain Home Doctor's Medicare Fraud Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 02:04 pm

More than $4 million in property has been recovered as result of a claim filed against the probate estate of Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home and a civil forfeiture action.

Barber Attorney Vaughn Knight's Case Remains in Limbo as Conner Eldridge Considers Next Move

by Mark Friedman 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said last week that he's still deciding what to do with the case of K. Vaughn Knight, the attorney for former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber.

Bolt Sentencing Could Hinge on ‘Extraordinarily Lengthy Criminal History'

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

James W. “Jim” Bolt's defense attorney has been squabbling with federal prosecutors over the seriousness of the crimes to which Bolt pleaded guilty in January.

Barber Banker James Van Doren Reconsiders Guilty Plea

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

James Van Doren, the New York investment banker and ex-friend of former high-flying northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, has asked to withdraw his guilty plea to one count of money laundering for Barber. U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III recently denied that motion.