Legal Archive

Legislators Tell State Supreme Court: Uphold Ban on Gay Marriages

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 6/20/2014 11:25 am

A resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which a circuit judge recently overturned, won support from state lawmakers Friday.

Video: Both Sides Claim Harassment in Wet-Dry Signature Drive

by Lance Turner 6/20/2014 08:31 am

Feelings are running high over the wet-dry question, particularly Faulkner County. Meanwhile, the groups that want to put it for a vote have until July 7 to collect the signatures they need.

David Couch Files Complaint Against Wet-Dry Opposition Group in Faulkner County

by Lee Hogan 6/19/2014 04:42 pm

Little Rock attorney David Couch, who is leading an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize sales in all Arkansas counties, has filed an ethics complaint against an opposition group in Faulkner County.

Reports Shed Light on Backers of Wet, Dry Groups in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 6/19/2014 04:12 pm

Ballot question committees have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on wet-dry county battles across the state as the deadline for signatures and the all-important November election loom.

Lawmakers Consider Bills to Shed Light on Contracts, Spending

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 6/18/2014 05:12 pm

Members of a legislative panel on Wednesday looked at ways to expand Arkansas' open records law so taxpayers can find out more about spending in government contracts and possibly get access to other financial records now held in secret.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Tired of eBay? IRS Has Its Own Online Auction Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/16/2014 12:00 am

If you're interested in bidding on assets seized by the Internal Revenue Service, auction items are just a click away.

Bryant Man Tells TaxMan How It Will Be

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/16/2014 12:00 am

In a scathing complaint, Brannon Wells of Sheridan, owner of Arkansas Resale LLC, tells how he allegedly was defrauded out of $19,500 by Robert A. Byram, owner of TaxMan Central Inc. of El Dorado.

Ouachita County Judge Pleads Guilty to Bribery Involving FEMA Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/11/2014 12:04 pm

Ouachita County Judge James Michael Hesterly pleads guilty to one count of bribery concerning a program receiving federal funds, according to Conner Eldridge, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

Mike Beebe Announces 16 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/11/2014 11:57 am

Gov. Mike Beebe announces appointments to state boards and commissions.

Contract Clauses Keeping Cases Out of Court Loved by Companies, Not by Customers

by Mark Friedman 6/9/2014 12:00 am

More companies are eagerly adding language to contracts and terms of agreements that require any disputes that arise to be handled in arbitration. Once there, the complaint is decided by an arbitrator rather than in the courts with a judge or jury deciding the case, a procedure that one proponent described as “simpler, fairer, faster.”

Wilkes & McHugh Law Firm's Departure Highlights Fall in Nursing Home Lawsuits

by Jan Cottingham 6/9/2014 12:00 am

The departure of Wilkes & McHugh, known for winning historic, multimillion-dollar verdicts against nursing homes, illustrates the changing economics of nursing home litigation in Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas Law Firms Feeling the Recovery

by Marty Cook 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Some of northwest Arkansas' largest law firms were able to handle the post-recession market thanks to some planning and diversity. During northwest Arkansas' economic growth in the early years of the 21st century, many outside law firms made moves into the area and opened local offices.

Is Our Judicial System Broken? (Brian Ratcliff Commentary)

by Brian H. Ratcliff 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas must work to preserve its judicial independence or glove up for the constant battle of the branches that will divide our state as we have never seen before.

Arkansas Trial Lawyers President George Wise on Technology, Tyranny and Tort Reform

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/9/2014 12:00 am

George Wise is the 51st president of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, which was incorporated in 1963.

Wild River Country Turns Cold Shoulder on Snow Maker

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Wild River Country's attempt at bringing snow rides to the park resulted in “substantial additional costs and expenses and [it] suffered catastrophic damages, both financially and to its reputation," according to court filings by its attorney, David Grace of North Little Rock.

New Position at Hendrix College Filled by W. Ellis Arnold

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/9/2014 12:00 am

W. Ellis Arnold III has been chosen to fill a new position at Hendrix College in Conway: senior executive vice president, dean of advancement and general counsel. He has served as acting president of the college since J. Timothy Cloyd's resignation in February 2013.

Runoff Testing Outside Groups' Clout (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/8/2014 10:55 am

Outside groups have long been playing a major role in Arkansas' top campaigns, spending millions of dollars on nationally watched races for the U.S. Senate and governor. Tuesday's primary runoff will test just how much clout they have in matchups farther down the ballot.

Bitter End to GOP Runoff for Attorney General

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/6/2014 01:03 pm

Little Rock lawyers Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling are locked in an increasingly acrimonious fight over each other's experience and conservative bona fides as they approach Tuesday's primary runoff election.

Simmons First Seeks Foreclosure on Funk

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 12:00 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff has filed suit against a local manufacturer for some unpaid loans. According to the suit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, the defendant is O.D. Funk Manufacturing Inc., a company that builds outdoor metal buildings like storage sheds and carports.