Legal Archive

Update: Million-Dollar Dream Home in Hillcrest Focus of Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The perfect home became a nightmare for Dr. Joel Dworkin when he discovered his $1.25 million manor in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood had leaky windows and other issues that would cost more than $300,000 to repair.

Arkansas Business to Honor 2015 Best Places to Work at Sept. 16 Luncheon

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/16/2015 11:33 am

Arkansas Business will honor its 2015 Best Places to Work in Arkansas at an awards luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Rose Law Firm Names Craig Lair CEO

by Alexis Hosticka 7/14/2015 04:12 pm

Craig S. Lair has been elected CEO of Rose Law Firm of Little Rock, the firm said Tuesday.

David Couch Ready To Deal Attorney General New Marijuana Initiative

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 12:00 am

David Couch, the Little Rock attorney who got approval to collect signatures for two ballot items concerning alcohol laws, says he's about to pop the cork on something even bigger.

Deal To Buy Soul of the South HQ Scorched

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 12:00 am

An offer to purchase the note on the building housing Soul of the South and several related entities fell through after three days late last month.

Waste, Fraud & Abuse (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Wherever there are human beings, there will be waste, fraud and abuse. There is waste in your household budget. In any business of any size, someone is abusing a policy or a credit card. But hardly any human institutions present the opportunity for waste, fraud and abuse on the scale that we've seen in Medicare and Medicaid. And the revelations just keep on coming.

Relationships Form Core of Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines

by Jan Cottingham 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Though no family members of the founders are now associated with Wood Smith, the firm still understands the importance of relationships, particularly in a town the size of Hot Springs. And its members understand the importance of stories, narratives that explain their place in the world.

RaiseTheMoney.com Promises To Revolutionize Political Fundraising

by Austin DuVall 7/13/2015 12:00 am

RaiseTheMoney.com, a nonpartisan online fundraising company in Little Rock, signed on 71 new campaigns in June, totaling more than 200 accounts since its founding 18 months ago by Chris Stewart, the company's CEO.

Medicaid Fraud Leads To $33.6M Lawsuit Against LR Care Center

by Mark Friedman 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The alleged Medicaid fraud at Step-by-Step Senior Care Inc. of Little Rock was so widespread that the company billed for services that a fictitious employee didn't provide.

Democrat-Gazette Policy Changes After Same-Sex Marriage Decision

by Sean Beherec 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The first known same-sex marriage announcement to be published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette appeared in the statewide newspaper last week.

Overtime Rule Big Change for Business (Missy Duke Commentary)

by Missy Duke 7/13/2015 12:00 am

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary for employees exempt under the “white-collar” exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to $970 per week, the equivalent of $50,440 annually, which represents the 40th percentile of earnings for all full-time salaried workers throughout the United States.

Federal Prosecutors Sue Scooter Stuart's Estate, Family Trusts

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2015 10:27 am

The lawsuit is the latest in a cascade of civil and criminal cases alleging widespread and long-term fraud by Stuart and other executives of One Bank & Trust and its holding company.

Securities Department Seeks Steele Stephens Fine Payment

by Sean Beherec 7/8/2015 10:27 am

The Arkansas Securities Department has filed a complaint against Steele Stephens, stating he has not yet paid a $20,000 fine that was ordered in May.

Allied Bank Properties Put Up On the Block

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Allied Bank of Mulberry has retained the services of Little Rock's Blackmon Auctions to sell real estate collected mostly from borrowers on loans gone bad.

Heartland Bank's Walter Quinn Building Loan Settlement with Texas Bank

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Walter Quinn, a leading investor in Heartland Bank of Bryant, is working through some financial difficulties in Oklahoma.

St. John's Troubles Continue with Chapter 11

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

In the bankruptcy filing, St. John's showed $8.5 million in debts and $3.03 million in assets.

Consumer Suits Against Collection Firms Growing

by Mark Friedman 7/6/2015 12:00 am

A growing number of Arkansas consumers, with the encouragement of plaintiffs' lawyers, are suing debt collection firms alleging the way the debt was collected violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Millennials Rising as Biggest Share of Workforce

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The millennial generation earlier this year passed Generation X to become the largest share of the U.S. workforce, the Pew Research Center says.

Snapshot: A Guide to John Rogers' Legal Problems

by George Waldon 7/6/2015 12:00 am

After federal agents came calling at his business and home on Jan. 28, 2014, John Rogers lost control of his chaotic financial world. The known claims against the photo archivist and sports memorabilia dealer total more than $45 million, not counting $49 million in requested punitive damages.

Bank Documents Illuminate John Rogers' Dealings

by George Waldon 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Bank of Little Rock's position among creditors battered by the financial wheeling and dealing of John Rogers is uncertain. But the $203 million-asset lender was first in line to accuse Rogers of fraud among the growing crowd of litigants pursuing him in Pulaski County Circuit Court.