Legal Archive

The Rule of Law (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/11/2016 12:00 am

The foundation of any civilized society, including the United States, is the rule of law. And when the law is mocked and those mocking it escape consequences, citizens lose respect for the law. And when citizens lose respect for the law, they lose respect for the systems — municipalities, states and country — founded on the law.

Attorney Micah Goodwin Joins PPGMR Law (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/11/2016 12:00 am

Micah Goodwin's practice places a focus on litigation.

Ben Burris Drops Lawsuit, Will Surrender Orthodontic License

by Alexis Hosticka 1/8/2016 03:00 pm

Dr. Ben Burris of Fayetteville said Friday that he is relinquishing his orthodontic license to grow his general dentistry practice, and he's ended his 18-month-old court case against the state.

Former Tyson Employee Sentenced to 28 Months Federal Prison

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/8/2016 09:52 am

A former Tyson Foods Inc. employee, Brenda Blair, 48, of Gentry, was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release after waiving indictment and pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against Arkansas Funeral Care

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/7/2016 04:27 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit Thursday against Arkansas Funeral Care & Crematory of Jacksonville, which lost its license last year.

Car Dealer in Hot Springs Gets 14 Years for Fraud, Money Laundering

by Gwen Moritz 1/7/2016 10:41 am

A man who sold cars in Malvern, Hot Springs and Harrison has been sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison for defrauding car buyers and sellers who trusted him to consign classic automobiles.

2015: The Year in Executive Q&A

by Gwen Moritz 1/4/2016 12:00 am

This week, for the second time, Arkansas Business offers a compilation that appeals to the universal interest in other people: all 50 of 2015's “Executive Q&A” features in the first issue of Arkansas Business for 2016.

No Daily Report, Morning Roundup on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/31/2015 07:59 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report and Morning Roundup on Friday, New Year's Day.

In the Workplace 2016: LGBT Rights and Exempt Employees

by Stuart Jackson and Michelle Kaemmerling 12/31/2015 07:57 am

This year brought significant developments in several laws that affect LGBT employees. And soon new Department of Labor rules on exempt employees will go into effect, and many employers will be scrambling.

In the Workplace 2016: Social Media and Right-to-Work Laws

by John Davis and Jane Kim 12/30/2015 07:09 am

The right-to-work laws may be under attack by the NLRB. And increasing use of social media can present challenges for employers.

In the Workplace 2016: Active Shooters and Employment Applications

by Troy Price and Regina Young 12/28/2015 08:00 am

Has anyone at your business seriously thought about what to do if there is an active shooter on premises? Should employers be forbidden from inquiring about the criminal records of prospective employees in the early stages of the hiring process?

Controversial Class-Action Settlement Approved in Polk County

by Mark Friedman 12/23/2015 10:27 am

A Polk County Circuit Court judge has approved a class-action settlement that a federal judge said he wouldn't have. Judge Jerry Ryan awarded $1.85 million in fees and expenses to attorneys John Goodson of Texarkana, his law partner Matt Keil, and W.H. Taylor and other attorneys in a case against United Services Automobile Association

J.B. Hunt Settles Software Dispute with MercuryGate

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/23/2015 07:10 am

The brief legal battle between J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell and MercuryGate International Inc. of Cary, North Carolina, is over.

Goodson, Taylor Threatened With Sanctions Over Class-Action Abuse

by Gwen Moritz 12/22/2015 10:09 am

Attorneys John Goodson of Texarkana, W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville and others involved in a class-action lawsuit against the USAA insurance company have been ordered to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned for abusing the federal court system.

Sibling Land Dispute, Glasgow Discovery Drove Clicks in 2015

by Lance Turner 12/21/2015 12:01 am

A long-running sibling dispute involving the national president of Ducks Unlimited that culminated in a multimillion-dollar land sale was the most-read story on in 2015.

Allens Inc. Cited by USDA for Unpaid Produce

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/21/2015 12:00 am

Bankrupt Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing to pay for $9.8 million worth of produce.

Arkansas Business Looks Back at Notable Deaths of 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/21/2015 12:00 am

John Paul Hammerschmidt, Buddy Sutton, Dick Bell, Jim Gaston, Bill Valentine and John Correnti were among the Arkansas political, business and sports leaders who died in 2015.

‘We Were All Going To Get Rich': Arkansas Business' Best Quotes of 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/21/2015 12:00 am

It's what they said: A look back at the spoken gems from some of the biggest newsmakers of the year in Arkansas.

Arkansas Business Presents The Best & Worst of 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/21/2015 12:00 am

From truths to tall tales, Arkansas Business takes a look at the highs and lows of 2015.

Buying Sprees of Arkansas Banks Tops List of Top 10 Arkansas Business Stories of 2015

by George Waldon 12/21/2015 12:00 am

The acquisition trail was well traveled by Arkansas lenders in 2015, with the most prominent destinations for new deals lying in Georgia, Florida and Missouri.