Legal Archive

Signs of $14.7 Million Medicare Fraud from Mountain Home Doctor Date Back for Years

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly Faces Federal Charges, Will Resign

by Associated Press 3/28/2014 01:47 pm

Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly — who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges — has announced plans to resign.

Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Card Fees, Alleges Conspiracy to Fix, Inflate

by Associated Press 3/28/2014 10:12 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is suing Visa Inc. over fees that it charges the world's largest retailer when customers use a credit or debit card. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Wal-Mart alleges that Visa conspired with banks to illegally fix and inflate fees that retailers pay on transactions.

Video: Acxiom's Scott Howe on Privacy, Data at Delta Trust Conference

by Lance Turner 3/28/2014 09:28 am

Acxiom Corp. CEO Scott Howe is continuing to make the rounds, explaining Big Data, marketing and consumer privacy.

Judge Delays Martha Shoffner's 2nd Trial

by Associated Press 3/27/2014 11:40 am

A federal judge is delaying until December the trial of former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges that she used campaign funds for clothing, cosmetics and other personal items.

Wal-Mart Bribery Investigation Tally Tops $439M

by Lance Turner 3/27/2014 11:09 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says the retailer has spent $439 million in the past two years to investigate allegations that it paid foreign bribes.

Highway Department Cleaning Contract at the Center of Another Complaint

by Mark Friedman 3/26/2014 05:22 pm

The cleaning company that lost the $380,000 Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department janitorial contract last month has filed a petition with Pulaski County Circuit Court to get it back.

Stephens Inc.'s Ethics Complaint Against Heath Abshure Dismissed

by Gwen Moritz 3/26/2014 11:36 am

The Arkansas Ethics Commission voted 4-0, with one member not present, to dismiss the complaint against Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure that Stephens General Counsel David Knight filed in November. Abshure says he never saw any gray area in the settlements that included donations to NASAA.

Federal Agents Raid Hot Springs Housing Authority

by Associated Press 3/26/2014 07:30 am

The administrative offices of the Hot Springs Housing Authority have been raided by federal agents with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.

Simmons First Sues Mountain Pure for Defaulting on $16.5M in Loans

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2014 04:17 pm

Simmons First National Bank has sued Mountain Pure and its owner, John B. Stacks, for defaulting on $16.5 million worth of loans. Meanwhile, Stacks is launching a website to offer his take on events surrounding his indictment in separate case.

Arkansas Supreme Court Reassigns Judge Mike Maggio's Cases

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/24/2014 04:07 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reassigned the caseload of a judge who is being investigated for online comments he posted anonymously and contributions he received linked to a nursing home that appeared before his court.

Conway Chiropractic Duo Working To Resolve Complaints

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Keith and Natalie Currie, a husband-and-wife chiropractor team in Conway, hope to end their five-year battle with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners next month.

What Happened to Saline County's Only Radio Station KEWI-AM?

by Luke Jones 3/24/2014 12:00 am

In 2011, Grant Merrill bought KEWI-AM, 690, in Benton: Saline County's only functioning radio station. Before he owned it, the station had run stably for years, but three years after his purchase, it's closed and silent.

Wal-Mart Seeks Another Stay in Mexican Bribery Case

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has once again asked a U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas to stay a lawsuit that shareholders filed against it and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico.

Death Penalty Still Supported in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Later this year New Hampshire is expected to become the seventh state in seven years to abolish capital punishment. But there's no reason to think Arkansas could join the 19 states that have no death penalty.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

St. John's Apartments Subject of Latest Lawsuit Against Henry Corp.

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Add one more to the pile of suits stacked on the remains of Little Rock's Henry Corp. The latest strike against the former property management group is a complaint filed against the company's leader, David Henry, and his ex-wife, Madeline Henry, by Bank of the Ozarks.

Lawsuit Alleges Dirty Work by Cleaning Service

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Razorclean Maids Inc. of North Little Rock was awarded a $380,000 one-year contract from the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department. The janitorial contract had been held by O.J.'s Service Two Inc. of North Little Rock. And apparently it wasn't happy about losing the work, according to Razorclean's lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Jason Stallcup Gets 27 Years in Prison for Fayetteville Jewelry Store Robbery

by Lee Hogan 3/20/2014 02:31 pm

A Michigan man was sentenced Thursday to 327 months, or more than 27 years, in prison and ordered to pay more than $173,000 in restitution for the 2008 armed robbery of a Fayetteville jewelry store on Dickson Street.

Arkansas Supreme Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment In Risperdal Case Against Johnson & Johnson

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/20/2014 10:26 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.