Legal Archive

‘I've Got Suits Older Than You' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

When I arrived at Arkansas Business in August 1999, I really didn't know any business leaders in Arkansas. I was born and raised in Arkansas, and I had been a local government reporter in Pine Bluff and an education reporter for the old Arkansas Gazette. But the only business reporting I had done was in Nashville, Tennessee, so even business legends like William H. Bowen were new to me.

Grant Merrill Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Mismanagement of KEWI

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The bad blood between the former partners of KEWI-AM, 690, has arrived at the Saline County Courthouse.

Summit Properties Names AB Engineering in Survey Suit

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

There is mounting trouble for a Hot Springs man who admitted forging documents to make it appear he was a licensed surveyor when he wasn't. Doug Fellenz now is facing a lawsuit filed by a former client he allegedly duped.

Michael Booker Neglected Property Target of Capitol Zoning District Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The Capitol Zoning District Commission is taking legal action to try to get a home on South Louisiana Street owned by Little Rock lawyer and former state Rep. Michael Booker fixed up.

William H. Bowen Dead at 91; Funeral Details Released

by Gwen Moritz 11/13/2014 11:38 am

William H. Bowen — lawyer, banker and political adviser — died Wednesday at age 91. The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Two Conway Women Face Medicaid Fraud Charges

by Lee Hogan 11/11/2014 10:16 am

A Conway mother and daughter are accused of fraudulently billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for nearly $100,000 and fraudulently withdrawing more than $65,000 from the accounts of patients at a shuttered Faulkner County facility for the developmentally disabled.

Guilty Plea Rejected, Martha Shoffner's Trial Set for February

by Gwen Moritz 11/10/2014 04:04 pm

A federal judge on Monday rejected Martha Shoffner's plea of guilty to a single count of mail fraud because the former state treasurer could not admit that she raised campaign funds with the intention of spending the money on personal expenses.

Crittenden Regional Board Extends Liability Coverage, Then Files for Bankruptcy

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Crittenden Regional Hospital's directors raised concerns about potential lawsuits against them and voted to extend the board's liability insurance the day before filing for bankruptcy in September.

Josh Bishop Estate Sues Chubby Cheeks Over Beating Death

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The death earlier this year of a 28-year-old who allegedly stole a bottle of wine from a Texarkana liquor store could serve as a cautionary tale for business owners and employees.

Mike Nelson Disputes His Firm's Debts to State Workforce Services

by Marty Cook 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The Great Recession was very bad for Mike Nelson. His Jonesboro business, Nelson Design Group, sells home designs to builders and homebuyers, and revenue that reached $4 million in 2006 was down to $1 million by 2008.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

James Van Doren: I Shouldn't Have Signed the Plea Agreement

by George Waldon 11/10/2014 12:00 am

James Van Doren freely admits he was weak and didn't do the right thing. The New York investment banker isn't talking about his involvement in financial dealings that culminated in his being sentenced last week to 15 months in federal prison.

Crittenden Hospital's Directors, Officers Compensation Could Pay Off

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association paid its directors and officers' liability insurance ahead of employee health benefits, and that may have been a smart strategic decision for all concerned.

Jay Bradford Worries Lloyd's Challenge Could Create Crisis

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says Lloyd's of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in Arkansas. But a lawsuit filed last year keeps moving forward, and Bradford says he's worried that it could create a crisis in the Arkansas insurance market.

Judge Dismisses Ben Burris Lawsuit Over Dental Practices Act

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2014 08:21 am

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller has dismissed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners by orthodontists Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith and Elizabeth Gohl of Fayetteville. The judge said the matter belongs in state court. Burris filed the suit in May.

James Van Doren Sentenced to 15 Months For Money Laundering

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 05:03 pm

James Van Doren, appearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith this afternoon, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment as part of a disputed plea agreement.

Judge To Hear Dispute Over $28K Tab Spent at Visions Nightclub

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A dispute over a bill of nearly $30,000 from the “gentlemen's club” Visions on the northern outskirts of Maumelle has made its way to Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Anthony Puts Heat on Insurance Company After Sawmill Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Anthony Forest Products Co. is hauling its insurance carrier into court for allegedly failing to pay off a claim for a 2013 fire that caused $5.6 million in damage.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Character References Help Brandon Barber Elude 20-Year Sentence

by Marty Cook 11/3/2014 12:00 am

When it came to sentencing in federal court, Brandon Barber could have had the book thrown at him. But facing U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes last Tuesday, he still had some things going for him.