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Top 10 Arkansas Business Stories from 2017

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/18/2017 12:00 am

These are the top 10 news stories that defined 2017 in Arkansas' business world.

Ruling Voids Jury Waivers, Sounds Alarm

by Mark Friedman 12/18/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that contractual waivers of the right to a jury trial are not enforceable, triggering concerns from attorneys and business leaders because just about every commercial contract has a provision that contains that waiver.

Beaver Water Workers Take National Committee Spots (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/18/2017 12:00 am

Adam Motherwell and Bill HagenBurger of the Beaver Water District have accepted committee assignments from the American Water Works Association.

Top Online Stories of 2017: Fake Will Story Commanded the Clicks

by Lance Turner 12/18/2017 12:00 am

Top web pieces at ArkansasBusiness.com ran the gamut from corruption to Tyson, property deals to zombies.

UA Little Rock Hires First Woman to Lead Bowen Law School

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2017 01:46 pm

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announces the hiring of Theresa Beiner as dean of its William H. Bowen School of Law, effective July 1.

Arkansas Bank 'Moving Forward' on Servicing Medical Marijuana Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2017 12:00 am

An Arkansas bank says it's moving forward with plans to provide accounts for the state's forthcoming medical marijuana businesses and customers.

Brian Light Lands at Rainwater Holt & Sexton (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/11/2017 12:00 am

Brian Light has joined the Rainwater Holt & Sexton firm in Little Rock as an associate attorney in the bankruptcy department.

IberiaBank to Pay $11.7M to Settle False Claims Act Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2017 02:21 pm

A case originating from a whistleblower lawsuit filed in Arkansas has resulted in an $11.7 million settlement between IberiaBank Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice, and two whistleblowers who worked for the bank in Little Rock will receive 20 percent of the recovery.

Sexual Harassment Claims: What Companies Can Do (Michelle Kaemmerling Commentary)

by Michelle Kaemmerling 12/8/2017 11:09 am

Employers are wise to promptly and thoroughly investigate all claims of harassment or inappropriate conduct.

Tyson Foods Names EVP, General Counsel

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 01:49 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale recently named Amy Tu executive vice president and general counsel, effective Dec. 11.

Trust But Verify (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/4/2017 12:00 am

I'm weary of the trope about running government like a business, but both honest government and honest business require enough employees to segregate duties and create internal controls.

Judge Eisele (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/4/2017 12:00 am

G. Thomas Eisele, the long-time federal judge in Little Rock who died Nov. 26, was a rare jurist: a Republican respected by Democrats, a man who treated the powerless with the same courtesy he treated the powerful, a warm man with a fierce intellect.

Attorney's Many Hats Complicate Redstone Trust Case

by Mark Friedman 12/4/2017 12:00 am

The May 2016 death of Michael Allen Lasiter, who owned Redstone Construction Group Inc. of Little Rock, has led to litigation over the handling of his trust, which is expected to be worth more than $10 million after estate taxes are paid.

Walter Quinn Sues Heartland Bank, Richard O' Brien

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Once the largest stockholder in the Little Rock bank, Quinn claims O'Brien contributed to his financial difficulties and pushed him out of Heartland. His complaint alleges breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Judgment Made in '$10 Billion' Fraud Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

A New York investor received a $450,000 judgment last week from an Bryant man who boasted about having connections to former President Bill Clinton.

Request Denied in Rogers Sportsbook Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

As Robert Rogers, 73, awaits trial in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville on one charge of operating a gambling business and one count of money laundering, he asked his judge for a small favor.

Surgeon Logan Lynch Starts at St. Bernards (NEA Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Lynch completed an internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he spent the last year as administrative chief resident of general surgery.

Mitchell Williams Adds Associates in Little Rock, Rogers (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Devin R. Bates and Katie W. Branscum have been hired as associate attorneys in the Little Rock office of the Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard law firm, and Natalie M. Dodd and Jacob McElroy have been hired as associates in the Rogers office.

Legislative Auditor Roger Norman Examines Where Most Accounting Issues Take Place

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2017 12:00 am

Norman, a past president of the National State Auditors Association, serves on the board of the Arkansas Society of CPAs.

New Frauds Land John Rogers in Prison

by George Waldon 11/27/2017 12:00 am

Testimony at the Nov. 20 bond revocation hearing of serial fraudster John Rogers shed more light on new evidence uncovered by federal investigators.