Legal Archive

Mail Fraud Charges Dropped Against Martha Shoffner

by Associated Press 11/26/2014 03:56 pm

A federal judge dismissed mail fraud charges against a former Arkansas treasurer Wednesday and directed officials to work on recommendations for a penalty for her previous conviction on 14 bribery and extortion counts.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Federal Judge Overturns Arkansas' Gay Marriage Ban

by Associated Press 11/25/2014 04:39 pm

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses.

US Attorney Files to Dismiss Mail Fraud Charges Against Martha Shoffner

by Gwen Moritz 11/25/2014 03:28 pm

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer of the Eastern District of Arkansas says his office has filed a motion to dismiss the mail fraud charges against former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Arkansas Lawmakers Examine Prison Options

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/24/2014 03:46 pm

Sending some inmates to a private facility, using abandoned school buildings and expanding alternative sentencing programs are among the options being detailed in a report to Arkansas lawmakers on prison overcrowding.

NLR Leaders Want To Deep Six Motel 6

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

The city of North Little Rock is asking a Pulaski County court to declare a Motel 6 by the Laman Library a public nuisance.

Receiver Says Mixed Ownerships Complicating Turner Grain Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Bankruptcy attorney Kevin Keech of North Little Rock, who has been acting as receiver for Turner Grain, has asked a judge for more power to investigate at least eight of Turner's related companies.

Steele Stephens Could Still Face Fines over Shoffner Bribes

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors gave Steele Stephens immunity from prosecution and let him keep the millions in bond sales commissions he received from the business relationship that resulted in the criminal conviction of former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

The Political-Industrial Complex (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/24/2014 12:00 am

There is a parallel between Dwight Eisenhower's military-industrial complex and what has been called the political-industrial complex: the conjunction of an immense political establishment and a large political campaign industry that has been on steroids since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2009.

Car-Mart Uses GPS To Improve ‘Efficiency'

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Car-Mart announced in its quarterly earnings report in August that it had invested in the GPS technology and the devices were now in about 67 percent of the cars it had sold. It should be no shocking news flash that many car buyers at dealerships such as Car-Mart have little credit or not the best of credit and thus are considered high risk.

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court case highlights concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000.

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background.

State Court Signals Ruling on Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/23/2014 12:03 pm

As he urged Arkansas' highest court to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage last week, attorney Jack Wagoner tried to illustrate just how much the national landscape had changed since he filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of 20 same-sex couples.

2 Courts Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Arkansas

by Associated Press 11/20/2014 11:04 am

Lawyers for same-sex couples have asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject a ban on gay marriage.

On AETN, Mike Beebe Defends Plan to Pardon Son's '03 Conviction

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/19/2014 07:43 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday defended plans to pardon his son for an 11-year-old marijuana conviction, saying his son is receiving the same type of second chance that hundreds of others have had over the past several years.

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan Still Recovering from Brain Injury

by David Porter, The Associated Press 11/18/2014 01:06 pm

Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.

‘I've Got Suits Older Than You' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

When I arrived at Arkansas Business in August 1999, I really didn't know any business leaders in Arkansas. I was born and raised in Arkansas, and I had been a local government reporter in Pine Bluff and an education reporter for the old Arkansas Gazette. But the only business reporting I had done was in Nashville, Tennessee, so even business legends like William H. Bowen were new to me.

Grant Merrill Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Mismanagement of KEWI

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The bad blood between the former partners of KEWI-AM, 690, has arrived at the Saline County Courthouse.

Summit Properties Names AB Engineering in Survey Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

There is mounting trouble for a Hot Springs man who admitted forging documents to make it appear he was a licensed surveyor when he wasn't. Doug Fellenz now is facing a lawsuit filed by a former client he allegedly duped.

Michael Booker Neglected Property Target of Capitol Zoning District Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The Capitol Zoning District Commission is taking legal action to try to get a home on South Louisiana Street owned by Little Rock lawyer and former state Rep. Michael Booker fixed up.