Legal Archive

Don't Be Surprised by Delays on Arkansas Death Row (Kelly Kissel Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/14/2015 07:33 am

It should come as no surprise that two years after Gov. Mike Beebe floated the idea of perhaps doing away with the death penalty, eight condemned inmates would be lined up for their turn in Arkansas' death chamber. But no one should be surprised if some or even all of the execution dates set between now and Jan. 14 pass without anyone dying.

New Name Doesn't Change Age of Arkansas' Second-Oldest Law Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/14/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Business wrote in July about the Hot Springs law firm of Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines. We joined the firm in mistakenly believing it to be the second-oldest law firm in continuous practice in Arkansas.

Ashley Madison and the News (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/14/2015 12:00 am

The hacked list of Ashley Madison subscribers is like the divorce files down at the courthouse. Things are filed in divorce court every day, and some of them would undoubtedly produce plenty of hits on the website if “click-bait” were my goal. But we simply don't mine divorce files for news unless there is a business angle that outweighs gossip value.

Mayor Mark Stodola Looks to Keep Main Street Makeover Moving

by George Waldon 9/14/2015 12:00 am

A mix of retail and of-fice buildings that decades ago were part of the city's historic commercial core have combined with new construction to recast a string of properties. A foundation of restaurants, apartments and the performing arts will be joined by a high-rise hotel redevelopment and the Little Rock Tech Park.

Countdown Ticks: Cash Or Court for One Bank & Trust?

by George Waldon 9/14/2015 12:00 am

The third anniversary of the regulator-mandated regime change at Little Rock's One Bank & Trust is approaching. The national bank has endured a tumultuous ride since Layton “Scooter” Stuart was removed as chairman, president and CEO on Sept. 28, 2012.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Board, Commission Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/11/2015 04:19 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments.

Planned Parenthood Sues Arkansas Over Loss of Medicaid Money

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 9/11/2015 12:48 pm

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging Arkansas' cancellation of its Medicaid provider contract, which Gov. Asa Hutchinson terminated amid concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Huckabee: Arkansas Clerks Could Deny Gay Couple Unions

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 9/10/2015 12:53 pm

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that since the state hasn't changed its laws to accommodate same-sex marriages, county clerks could rightfully withhold licenses from gay couples.

Fayetteville LGBT Protections Face Legal Fight

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2015 02:30 pm

Opponents of a northwest Arkansas city's ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity say they'll continue challenging the legality of the measure after it was ratified by voters.

Conner Eldridge Launches Bid to Unseat Republican John Boozman

by Mark Carter 9/9/2015 10:07 am

It's official: Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge will run in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican John Boozman.

Arkansas Inmate Awarded More Than $5,000 from Jailers

by Associated Press 9/8/2015 07:05 am

An Arkansas state prison inmate has been awarded more than $5,000 for excessive force used against him by Hempstead County jailers.

One Bank & Trust Lawsuit Moves to Federal Court

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2015 12:00 am

The legal donnybrook was started by Donna Adams, former senior vice president at Little Rock's One Bank & Trust. She sued the bank, its president and CEO, Jerry Pavlas, and its chief financial officer James Schnoes.

Judgment Increased in Hillcrest Home Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2015 12:00 am

Kathleen “Kathy” Blasingame of Maumelle was ordered last month to pay $173,874 in court costs and attorneys' fees in the case she lost to Dr. Joel Dworkin, who had bought the Hillcrest home.

Legal Digest Brought Up During Smiley Sentencing

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/7/2015 12:00 am

There isn't usually a lot of levity during court hearings, especially when a defendant is there to plead guilty to something such as felony bank fraud, like Dennis Smiley Jr. did on Aug. 25.

Court Date Set For Burris Case

by Mark Friedman 9/7/2015 12:00 am

Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith is scheduled to have his case heard before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Sept. 21.

Planning Key For Passing On Illiquid Assets

by Marty Cook 9/7/2015 12:00 am

Estate planning may be a simple, two-page will and testament that specifies who gets the savings account balance and the 2005 Toyota Camry. The deceased's assets can range from cash to shares of stock to rental houses to acres of land.

Fayetteville Businessman Gets 1 Year for Defrauding First Security Bank

by Gwen Moritz 9/4/2015 12:59 pm

Former Fayetteville businessman Andrew C. Judkins was sentenced Thursday to 12 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $438,500 in restitution for two counts of bank fraud.

Dr. Richard Johns Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

by Gwen Moritz 9/2/2015 02:55 pm

Dr. Richard Johns, the Little Rock physician who was charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County in May, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday as part of a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

Appeal Court Upholds Decision to Toss K. Vaughn Knight Convictions

by Gwen Moritz 9/2/2015 10:47 am

Federal prosecutors in the Western District of Arkansas have to decide whether to retry K. Vaughn Knight after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the trial judge's decision to throw out his convictions.

Seeco Unit to Pay $950K to Settle Mineral Trespass Claim in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 9/1/2015 04:41 pm

SWN Production (Arkansas) LLC has agreed to pay the federal government $950,000 to resolve claims that the company tapped unleased federally owned minerals in Conway and Van Buren counties over a three-year period.