Legal Archive

Dustin McDaniel Reaches Settlement with National Police Defense Foundation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/15/2014 04:25 pm

The New-Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation has agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to Arkansas donors and to permanently stop fundraising activities in the state. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the settlement Tuesday.

Prosecutors Plan Appeal in Case of Brandon Barber's Attorney, K. Vaughn Knight

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2014 04:56 pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes' decision to throw out a jury's conviction of Knight on eight felony charges.

OJ's, Razorclean Kick Up Dirt After Losing Bid Leads to Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Losing a bid in February to clean the headquarters of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department to Madre Hill's Razorclean Maids spurred O.J.'s Service Two owner Charles Hinson to launch his own investigation into his cleaning rival.

The Legal Pitfalls of LEED (J. Cliff McKinney II Expert Advice)

by J. Cliff McKinney II 7/7/2014 12:00 am

I am a major supporter of the LEED rating system and truly believe it is the best way to verify that a building is environmentally friendly. However, as with nearly anything, there are legal pitfalls that participants in the LEED rating system may not be aware of.

Lawsuits Pending In Fatal Crash

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Central Flying is defending itself in three lawsuits filed following a Jan. 24, 2013, incident that killed a pilot and his three passengers near Monroe, Louisiana.

Illinois Company Sour Over Fayetteville Distributor's Lack of Sugar Rush

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

An Illinois company that was expecting nearly 35 million pounds of sugar by the end of 2015 was shocked when the Fayetteville supplier canceled the contract in April.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Insurance Agent Steve Standridge Pleads Guilty, With Caveats

by Gwen Moritz 7/2/2014 11:43 am

Steve Standridge pleaded guilty to two of the 35 federal felony counts against him, but he reserved the right to withdraw the plea.

Waiting Room: Medicare Appeals Tie Up Hospitals' Millions

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Adding to hospital frustration is the way that the RACs, which are private companies, are paid: They have a financial incentive to deny as many claims as possible because they receive up to 12.5 percent of the money recovered.

Jim Bolt Criminal Saga Reveals ‘A Certain Amount Of Genius'

by Gwen Moritz 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A federal judge sentenced James W. Bolt to a sentence 29 months longer than standard sentencing guidelines. It was an acknowledgement that the only way to keep Bolt from breaking the law was to keep him locked up.

Dental Examiners Board Asks Court To Toss Ben Burris Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners recently asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by orthodontist Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith.

We Told You So (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Sometimes it takes a long time, but vindication, like revenge, is tasty even when served cold. In this week's issue we have satisfying news about some of the problematic personalities that had been the subject of earlier reporting in our publication.

Pambra's Says New Jersey Company Should Go Belly Up on Tummy Liner Infringement

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Pambra's said it created and sells the tummy liner, a cotton-based piece of material that is worn under the lower belly fold of obese people to keep the skin dry and preventing chaffing. A pack of three sells for about $20 on Amazon.com.

Insurance Company Hot Over Craighead County Halloween Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

An incident last Halloween season is still haunting the owners of a spook house in Craighead County. Nightmare Productions Haunted House owners Cody and Nicole Russell are facing a lawsuit filed last month by Western World Insurance Co. of New Jersey.

Judge Jolts Electric Supplier in Noncompete Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Not only did U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson recently rule in favor of a group of workers who were sued for quitting their jobs to join a competitor, but he awarded the lawyers who represented them attorneys' fees and costs in the case.

Jim Bolt: 100 Months 'Essentially a Life Sentence'

by Gwen Moritz 6/24/2014 11:14 am

U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville threw the book at the career criminal because "there's a high likelihood that Mr. Bolt will recidivate."

Testimony: Arvest Bank Was Jim Bolt's Biggest Victim

by Gwen Moritz 6/24/2014 11:04 am

The Fayetteville bank had to make good on a guarantee it issued when Bolt fraudulently claimed $1.9 million in assets held as unclaimed by the state of California, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Dustin McDaniel Files Suit Against Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 04:28 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Roger D. Pleasant, the businesses he owns and his employees for deception and harassing tactics in their attempts to convince accident victims to visit a chiropractor.

Bolt Sentenced to 100 Months in Prison; Ordered to Pay $2.5M in Restitution

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 02:33 pm

James W. "Jim" Bolt was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison on Monday, and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution. Bolt pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in January.