Legal Archive

Downtown Little Rock Attracts More Hoteliers

by George Waldon 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Downtown Little Rock has drawn the attention of three hotel developers who have invested more than $7.3 million to secure locations.

Arkansas Surgical Hospital Registers $56.6 Million Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Broadstone Ash Arkansas LLC, an affiliate of Broadstone Real Estate of Rochester, New York, bought the Arkansas Surgical Hospital at 5201 Northshore Drive.

Let the Sun Shine (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Arkansans have had the legal right to know more about what all levels of our government are saying and doing for longer than most other Americans, but legislators do keep chipping away at the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act — and refusing to adopt technology that could improve its service to taxpayers.

Thank God for Mississippi (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/14/2016 12:00 am

Paul Bookout of Jonesboro, a former president pro tempore of the Arkansas Senate, will report to federal prison on May 2 to start serving an 18-month sentence for spending $150,000 in campaign contributions for personal benefit. It's a shame he wasn't a legislator 80 miles away in Mississippi.

Confronting Dark Money in Judicial Races (Scott C. Trotter Commentary)

by Scott C. Trotter 3/14/2016 12:00 am

We should advocate state legislation to curb the dark money abuses through spending limits and disclosure of contributors in judicial elections.

Albert Solaroli Restitution in One Bank Case Fails to Appear

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2016 12:00 am

A $120,000 restitution payment from Alberto Solaroli as part of his plea deal still hadn't been paid by Wednesday, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Harris was not amused.

'When You Steal $1.5 Million …' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/7/2016 12:00 am

For the second straight week, I'm going to write about listening to the Chief U.S. District Judge deliver a well-reasoned message on fair play.

Bill Martin Recognized for Philanthropy (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/7/2016 12:00 am

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. William A. Martin of North Little Rock recently received an Award of Excellence from the National Conference of Bar Foundations in recognition of outstanding contributions to law-related philanthropy by an individual.

You Can Make Nominations Now for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2016 07:00 am

For the 23rd consecutive year, Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.

Update: Little Rock Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Cruz, Rubio Eligibility

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/1/2016 08:35 am

A federal judge in Little Rock has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Republicans Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to run for president on the grounds that they are not "natural-born" citizens of the United States.

Former ThermoEnergy CFO Andrew Melton Convicted of 17 Counts

by Gwen Moritz 2/29/2016 11:20 am

A federal court jury convicted Melton, 69, of stealing $109,000 to pay an interior decorator's bill and of failing to remit $1.8 million in payroll taxes to the IRS.

Scanning Completion on Horizon for Fairfax Media

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Processing progress has been made in the wake of a June 15 settlement agreement between Fairfax and the court-appointed receiver for the Rogers assets, Michael McAfee.

John Goodson Claims 'Little Involvement' in Controversial Class-action Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Class-action attorney John Goodson said he had "very little involvement" in the case of Mark and Katherine Adams v. United Services Automobile Association.

Lase Med's Antonella Carpenter Convicted on Cancer Scheme

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/29/2016 12:00 am

After a 15-day trial in federal court in Tulsa, the 71-year-old was found guilty on 29 of 41 counts. She was acquitted on nine counts and the jury hung on three counts.

M&M Cleanup Company Meets Messy End

by Mark Friedman 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Instead of soaring under new ownership, M&M Environmental Group, which provided environmental services to the oil and gas industries, went into a tailspin. So did the relationship between McFadin and the Omega Group; eventually the two sides deadlocked on whether to file for bankruptcy protection late last year.

Scooter Stuart's Fall Still Feeds Litigation

by George Waldon 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Only a handful of lawsuits that erupted from the upheaval at One Bank & Trust continue to wind through the court system.

Twin Sales Offer Kilgore Crash Course in Running Carwash (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Joe Kilgore and his wife, Sheri, paid $950,000 for two northwest Arkansas carwashes: the Miracle Carwash on West Main Street in Farmington and the Electric Avenue Carwash on Old Missouri Road in Springdale.

Old Ruling Haunts Class-action Lawyers

by Mark Friedman 2/29/2016 12:00 am

When 17 attorneys submitted briefs explaining why they moved a class-action case out of Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III's court and into Polk County Circuit Court, something was curiously missing.

Posturing for the Press (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Respect for judges and respect for the courts seemed to be an underlying theme at Judge P.K. Holmes' Feb. 18 “show-cause” hearing for attorneys involved in controversial class-action cases.

Be Careful What You Wish For (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Tomorrow's party primaries will start the misery of Arkansas' extended general election season. There is this one bright spot: The same ballot will conclude a blessedly short nonpartisan campaign for judicial candidates.