Legal Archive

Hutchinson Interested in Merit Selection for Judges

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/10/2015 01:47 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says it is time to revisit whether the state's appellate judges should be appointed rather than popularly elected.

Leslie Rutledge Announces Recipients of $21.5M Settlement with S&P

by Associated Press 4/10/2015 12:59 pm

The Arkansas attorney general says the $21.5 million settlement from Standard & Poor's Financial Services will be spent largely on public safety expenses.

Update: Asa Hutchinson to Move Quickly on Supreme Court Appointments for Marriage Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2015 11:44 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he plans to move quickly to appoint three special justices to hear a case before the state Supreme Court related to a challenge over the ban on same-sex marriage.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill Allowing Ten Commandments Display Near Capitol

by Associated Press 4/9/2015 07:04 am

Arkansas' governor has approved legislation that will allow a monument to the Ten Commandments to be constructed near the state Capitol.

Bid to Repeal Limits on Local Discrimination Laws Rejected

by Associated Press 4/9/2015 07:02 am

Arkansas' attorney general on Wednesday rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at repealing a new state law prohibiting local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jonesboro Officials Reject Anti-Discrimination Protections

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 09:34 am

Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Missouri City Repeals Protection for Gays Against Bias

by Associated Press 4/8/2015 06:57 am

Voters in Missouri's third largest city of Springfield voted Tuesday to repeal an ordinance that provided protection against discrimination in housing and hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fort Smith Retakes Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Mark Carter 4/7/2015 09:36 am

The index is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity in Arkansas cities. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Lethal Injection Measure; Lawsuit Filed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/7/2015 06:51 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday approved legislation aimed at restarting executions after a decade-long lull, prompting several death row inmates to ask a court to strike the measure down.

Chinese Manufacturer Countersues Rogers Executives

by Marty Cook 4/6/2015 03:06 pm

Sales Chief Ent. (Hong Kong) Co. LTD has filed a countersuit alleging Redman & Associates CEO Mel Redman and President Rodney Redman committed fraud and defamation.

Plea Deal for Dennis Smiley Jr. In the Works

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

A plea deal for Dennis Smiley Jr., former Benton County market president for Arvest Bank, is nigh.

Foreclosure Sales Lead Off Recent Million-Dollar Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Little Rock provides a trio of million-dollar transactions this week with an apartment complex, mansion and high-rise condo.

Benton County Home Targeted for Repossession by IRS

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

The IRS is trying to take the home of a Benton County man who failed to pay millions in federal employment taxes.

Former Prison Guard Sues Pathway to Freedom After Beating

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2015 12:00 am

A former guard for the Arkansas Department of Correction is suing a private pre-release and reentry services company over injuries he received during a fight in one of the company's barracks.

Soul of the South Mulls ‘Winding Down'

by Sean Beherec 4/6/2015 12:00 am

The board of directors for Soul of the South — the 2-year-old television network backed by nearly $2 million in state money — considered winding down operations at a board meeting last week, CEO Doug McHenry said.

Arvest Firing Challenged in Bankruptcy Court

by Mark Friedman 4/6/2015 12:00 am

An Arkadelphia man says following bankruptcy law was a violation of Arvest's policy on employee debt and cost him his job.

Tech Leaders Unite Against Laws They See as Discriminatory

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/1/2015 03:51 pm

Thirty-nine leaders from many of the country's leading tech firms issued a joint letter Wednesday in opposition to Arkansas House Bill 1228 and laws in other states that the group has deemed discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

FEMA's Climate Change Rule Could Make States Liable in Natural Disasters

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

A climate change expert says FEMA's requirement states consider the effects of climate change if they want to receive federal mitigation money was simply “a way to protect the federal treasury by minimizing claims for FEMA money from places that don't take adequate precautions.

Bean Lumber Case Closed Over 'Failure To Communicate'

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. recently tossed out a case that Grady Bean, CEO of the defunct Bean Lumber Co. of Glenwood, and his company filed back in 2013 because of Bean's “failure to communicate,” according to Moody's order.

Shareholders Fight Over Sale of Livestock Farm

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Shareholders in a Bentonville poultry and livestock farm are suing its controlling shareholders to prevent the sale of the company's assets and to order an accounting of its expenditures.