Legal Archive

Women Doctors Sue Veterans Affairs Over Unequal Pay

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two women emergency room doctors at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock have sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly not paying them the same as men in the same position.

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/25/2014 12:00 am

If Jonesboro wants to be perceived as a player in economic development — and an effort by Arkansas State University to create an osteopathic medical school and hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial construction in the last few years indicate it does — then it should consider reining in its “Dukes of Hazzard”-quality police chief, Michael Yates.

Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Orders Turner Grain Not to Dispose of Assets

by Mark Friedman 8/22/2014 03:10 pm

A Lee County Circuit judge on Wednesday ordered Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its related entities not to sell any assets that might belong to a group of farmers who sued them.

Court Ends Part of Arkansas Desegregation Lawsuit

by Associated Press 8/21/2014 02:55 pm

A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957.

Jonesboro Sun Says Police Chief Bullied Reporter

by Associated Press 8/21/2014 09:17 am

The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun newspaper wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied a reporter into quitting by making a series of derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

8 Farmers File Fraud Lawsuit Against Turner Grain

by Mark Friedman 8/20/2014 12:50 pm

A group of farmers sue Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. for fraud, saying they haven't been paid for grains they sold to the Brinkley company. And Bruce Oakley Inc. of North Little Rock files an interpleader asking a judge to decide what to do with the $360,000 it owes Turner.

NLR Woman Pleads Guilty to $1M Payroll Fraud

by Gwen Moritz 8/19/2014 05:36 pm

Regina Lynn Paff, 53, who handled the payroll for AGL Corp. of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud filed directly by federal prosecutors.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Texarkana Hotel Group to Pay $915K

by Associated Press 8/19/2014 07:43 am

A settlement has been reached between a Texarkana hotel owner and the contractors who built the city's new convention center and hotel.

Bruce Oakley To Give Turner Grain Money To Judge

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 03:28 pm

A North Little Rock company plans to hand over money it owes Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley to a judge to decide how to divide it among Turner's creditors.

Couples: Deny Stay in Arkansas Gay Marriage Case

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 8/18/2014 03:19 pm

Couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban have asked the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings in the lawsuit pending a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a similar case.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Reveals Cyberattack

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 10:40 am

Community Health Systems Inc., which operates hospitals in Fort Smith, Bentonville, Springdale and seven other cities in Arkansas, on Monday blamed Chinese hackers for a cyberattack that accessed "non-medical" data on 4.5 million patients of its affiliated physicians.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.

Maumelle Firm Southland Metals Wins $3.8M Judgment

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Southland Metals Inc. of Maumelle won a $3.84 million judgment last month when a federal court jury in Fayetteville considered its breach-of-contract case against a former client, American Castings LLC of Pryor, Oklahoma.

When Discipline Is Required (Robert F. Wayland Expert Advice)

by Robert F. Wayland 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Understanding the arbitrator's viewpoint on disciplinary actions can provide employers guidance even before corrective action becomes necessary.

Turner Grain Possibly Tilting Toward Bankruptcy

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Sources say Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection.

Lindsey's Roy Stanley Takes On IRS

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Roy E. Stanley, the longtime president of Fayetteville's Lindsey Management Co. and current president of Lindsey Communications Inc., and his wife, Carol, are suing the Internal Revenue Service over the findings of an audit performed in October 2012.