Legal Archive

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.

Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal on Federal Charges

by Associated Press 3/21/2014 12:06 pm

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.

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.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

You're Not the Boss of Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/17/2014 12:00 am

It does seem to me that having leadership skills is one of those areas in which women still have to be better than men in order to be recognized, because men can still get away with demanding followership without immediately being written off as bossy.

Majestic Fire Puts Spotlight on Hot Springs' Vacant Buildings

by Luke Jones 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The February fire that destroyed the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has focused concerns on two troubling issues facing the resort city's historic downtown: the fire danger posed by other largely vacant properties and the failure of building owners to maintain their properties.

Summit Mall Developer Back in Arkansas on Conway Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The redevelopment of the Conway airport site (dubbed Central Landing) marks a return to Arkansas after more than two decades for Jim Wilson & Associates of Montgomery, Ala.

May Construction Target of New Lawsuit Over 5-Year-Old Projects

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Lewis May, president of dormant May Construction Co., recently was sued by Berkley Regional Insurance Co. of Urbandale, Iowa, to collect nearly $3 million paid out on performance bonds in connection with five construction projects between 2008 and 2009.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

Jurors Deliberate in Martha Shoffner Corruption Case

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/11/2014 04:34 pm

Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed Tuesday that a former Arkansas treasurer shouldn't have accepted $36,000 from a bond dealer who did business with the state but differed on whether she committed a federal crime.

Securities Department Goes After Firm That Did Business With Martha Shoffner's Office

by Gwen Moritz 3/11/2014 09:06 am

Robert Keenan, CEO of St. Bernard Financial Services, says the state Securities Department is retaliating for an ethics complaint he filed against Heath Abshure, although he was given notice of the department's plans before he filed the complaint.

Watch The '60 Minutes' Report on Data Brokers Here

by Lance Turner 3/10/2014 11:22 am

CBS News' "60 Minutes" aired a report Sunday on the data brokers that are mining the Internet for your personal information.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Proposed Change in State Securities Law Out of Step With Neighboring States

by George Waldon 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arbitration clauses and courtroom avoidance are common in the securities business. That norm stands in contrast to a not-so-modest proposal by Stephens Inc. to go straight to a judge to rule on enforcement actions by the Arkansas Securities Department.