Legal Archive

James Moody Returns to Wright Lindsey & Jennings

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 03:18 pm

After retiring from the federal bench in March, James M. Moody Sr. has decided to return to his old stomping grounds at Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Southern Rice & Cotton Says Turner Grain Bounced Million-Dollar Check

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Last week, Southern Rice & Cotton LLC filed a lawsuit in Poinsett County Circuit Court against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and a number of defendants, including Jason Coleman, Turner's vice president, and KBX Inc. of Benton.

Landers Auto Dealership Drives $22.1M Toyota Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Luther Auto Group's acquisition of Steve Landers Toyota in Little Rock generated a real estate transaction valued at $22.1 million. A former Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.76 million sale. And a 27,832-SF piece of the Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock changed hands in a transaction valued at $1.2 million.

Matt Lile Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Agrees to 1-Year Prison Sentence

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2014 04:58 pm

Lile, 56, agreed to pay full restitution for stealing from Cosmopolitan Life Insurance Co., which state insurance regulators took into receivership in 2009. Lile was also well known as the former owner of Lulav restaurant in Little Rock.

Harrison Bank Files Lawsuit Against Dennis Smiley

by Marty Cook 9/19/2014 08:11 am

Community First Bank of Harrison files a three-count civil lawsuit against former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr. on Thursday.

State Supreme Court Denies Alltel Motion for Arbitration

by Mark Friedman and Lee Hogan 9/18/2014 11:31 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with a Saline County Circuit Court ruling and denied Alltel Corp. of Little Rock, which sold to Verizon Wireless in 2009, arbitration in a class-action case.

Crittenden Regional Hospital Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

by Mark Friedman 9/17/2014 05:21 pm

Crittenden Regional Hospital of West Memphis filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection last week, listing estimated debts between $500,000 and $1 million.

Court Formalizes Settlement With Banks Over Dennis Smiley Assets

by George Waldon 9/17/2014 03:26 pm

Eighteen lenders were dismissed from the battle over assets once owned by former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr.

Judge Dismisses Case on Hot Springs Water Issue

by Lance Turner 9/16/2014 09:18 am

A circuit judge says a measure that would have stopped Hot Springs from using DeGray Lake as a supplemental water source will not be on the November ballot.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Mike Beebe Replaces Maggio Post, Names Others to Boards, Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 09:32 am

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday appointed Michael Murphy of Conway to replace Mike Maggio as Circuit Judge in the 2nd Division Court of the 20th Judicial District.

John Rogers Asks for Dismissal of Brace Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

North Little Rock sports memorabilia dealer John Rogers denied the allegations of breaching a contract with a photographic estate and asked for a dismissal in Pulaski County Circuit Court last week.

Harvest Problems Crop Up in Turner Grain President's Bankruptcy Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Lee County farmer Keith Wilkison has asked for an emergency hearing in the personal bankruptcy case of Turner Grain President Dale Bartlett so Wilkison can harvest more than 400 acres in Lee County.

Some Are More Equal Than Others (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In at least three cases, politically well-connected Faulkner County couples were able to keep their divorce filings from public release. The divorce files of disgraced former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, former state Sen. Gilbert Baker and Conway Deputy City Attorney Chuck Clawson were sealed in such a way that the very existence of the petitions were kept secret from public for reasons that no one seemed willing to explain.

Lindsey Management Facing Numerous Overtime Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Lindsey Management Co. of Fayetteville, the largest apartment property manager in Arkansas, is dealing with several federal lawsuits from employees who allege they weren't paid overtime.

Royalty Owners Haul Exxon Subsidiary XTO to Court Over Royalties

by Mark Friedman 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Independence County plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit that XTO wasn't getting the highest price possible for natural gas because it was selling the product to its own subsidiary, Cross Timbers Energy Services Inc., at below-market prices.

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

Rabo AgriFinance Inc. Files Suit Against Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 03:10 pm

An agriculture finance company has filed a lawsuit against Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and its executives, alleging breach of contract and saying Turner owes it nearly $1 million.

Arkansas State to Change Helmet Decals After Complaint

by Lance Turner 9/10/2014 02:52 pm

Arkansas State University will modify helmet decals that honor former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer after receiving a complaint that the decal in the shape of a cross is a violation of the separation of church and state.