Legal Archive

Oren Paris III of Ecclesia College Pleads Guilty to Fraud

by Gwen Moritz and Lance Turner 4/4/2018 02:43 pm

Oren Paris III, the president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of fraud in a corruption scandal involving kickbacks on state grants.

Dueling Casino Measures Could Dominate Airwaves (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/2/2018 06:46 am

Competing proposals to legalize casinos in four Arkansas counties may guarantee that voters will be inundated with ads on the issue, but the focus likely won't be whether the state needs another gambling option.

Cantrell Drug Still Feeling Heat of FDA

by Mark Friedman 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Federal regulators said last week that it still has concerns about sanitary conditions at Cantrell Drug Co. and asked a U.S. Bankruptcy judge to let them go forward with a lawsuit to stop the Little Rock company from selling the drugs it produces.

Boss Hogg 2.0 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Even after Allied Bank was shut down by the Arkansas State Bank Department in 2016, I wasn't expecting a 40-page report from the Office of Inspector General. But Allied was special.

Informed Consent (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/2/2018 12:00 am

The business of buying and selling personal data, always a little creepy, is overdue for a good, hard look.

Marijuana Commission's Carlos Roman Defends Panel's Choices

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Dr. Carlos Roman, a member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, disputes what he calls the “false narrative” about his scoring of the applicants and defended the honesty of the commission.

Quinn Says Gibbons Promissory Note Already Paid

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2018 12:00 am

That promissory note, assigned to Tom Gibbons on Aug. 29, 2016, originally was held by Lex Golden, the former controlling party of defunct Allied Bank.

Simmons Bank: Darren McFadden Gave Adviser Bank Access

by Mark Friedman 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. has denied any wrongdoing in its handling of the bank account of Darren McFadden, the former Arkansas Razorback and NFL player. McFadden has blamed the Pine Bluff bank for failing to warn him about more than $10 million in cash withdrawals and transfers by his financial adviser.

How the Goldens Ruled: Fed Report on Allied Notes Self-Dealing, Insider Abuse

by George Waldon 4/2/2018 12:00 am

The narrative of the report is dominated by criticism of the Goldens, by title rather than name, and the bank board they held sway over.

Arkansas Sues Drugmakers It Blames for Deadly Opioid Crisis

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/30/2018 07:38 am

Arkansas officials filed a lawsuit against three drug manufacturers Thursday, claiming overzealous and deceptive marketing contributed to an increase in opioid abuse that fueled a spike in overdose deaths.

State Supreme Court: Some Execution Drug Info Can Be Secret

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/29/2018 02:09 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state prison system must continue to identify the manufacturers of its execution drugs but can conceal information that could be used to identify those who obtain the drugs for the state.

Arkansas Company Says Its Pot Growing License Should Proceed

by Associated Press 3/29/2018 11:45 am

A company that had been slated to be among the first to grow medical marijuana in Arkansas is asking a judge who halted the licensing process to allow the firm's permit to go forward.

Firm Asks Judge to Lift Order Halting Medical Pot Licenses

by Associated Press 3/28/2018 11:38 am

One of five companies that had been slated to receive Arkansas' first licenses to grow medical marijuana has asked a state judge to lift his order halting the permitting process and declaring it unconstitutional.

Second Group Proposes Casino Ballot Measure in Arkansas

by Associated Press 3/28/2018 06:33 am

A group is trying to put a measure on the Arkansas ballot in November that would legalize casinos in four counties, the second effort to put expanded gambling before voters this year.

Tom Gibbons Fires Latest Shot in Walter Quinn Disputes

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2018 12:00 am

A new lawsuit has been filed against Walter Quinn and his Quinn Investments Ltd. and Quinn Management Co.

Woman in Camden Fake Will Case Wants Separate Trial from Husband

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2018 12:00 am

A Camden woman doesn't want to be tried with her husband for crimes related to a fake will for a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion who later died in a car wreck.

What Would Jesus Rationalize? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/26/2018 12:00 am

I hope I never get accustomed to public officials being on the take, but it's especially disheartening when they use religion as part of their rationalization. And I'm detecting a pattern.

Plan Now for a 'Black Sky Event' (David Maxwell Commentary)

by David Maxwell 3/26/2018 12:00 am

The causes that would trigger a black sky event take the response and restoration to a new level. In a longer electrical outage, the cascading effects magnify.

Tardy Attorney Matt Campbell Challenges $1.8M Verdict

by Mark Friedman 3/26/2018 12:00 am

Little Rock blogger and attorney Matt Campbell's “calendaring mistake” caused him to miss practically all of his clients' jury trial in February 2017, a trial that ended in a $1.8 million judgment.

Attorney General Appeals Marijuana Case to Arkansas Supreme Court

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2018 02:06 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed to the state Supreme Court a Pulaski County Circuit Court order that stopped the rollout of medical marijuana.