Tagged: arkansas supreme court

Howard Brill Questions Legal Ethics of GoFundMe

by Mark Friedman 5/21/2018 12:00 am

Howard Brill, the renowned University of Arkansas School of Law professor, told a group of attorneys last week that he was troubled by a case involving a Little Rock lawyer who started a GoFundMe campaign to fund a lawsuit.

Stay Suspicious (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/14/2018 12:00 am

So-called dark money has again made its presence known in the race for Arkansas Supreme Court, and it’s just as noxious as it was two years ago.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Case

by Associated Press 5/7/2018 2:30 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it'll hear oral arguments over a judge's decision to prevent the state from licensing companies to grow medical marijuana.

Courtney Goodson Again Fending Off Outside Spending

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/6/2018 2:02 pm

A conservative interest group that spent heavily two years ago to keep a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court from becoming chief justice has her in its sights again, though it's unclear why it has singled out her instead of the two men running for her seat, since all three have hinted at or touted conservative views.

Arkansas Supreme Court: State Can Enforce Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/3/2018 7:29 am

Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday said the state can enforce a voter ID law in the May 22 primary election despite a judge declaring the measure unconstitutional.

State Supreme Court Halts 2 Rulings Against State's Dicamba Ban

by Associated Press 4/26/2018 6:28 am

Arkansas' highest court has halted orders by two judges exempting some farmers from the state's ban of an herbicide that took effect last week.

Court: Arkansas Immune From Whistle-Blower Lawsuits

by Associated Press 4/13/2018 11:31 am

Arkansas' highest court has ruled that the state cannot be sued under a law intended to protect whistle-blowers, ruling the state's constitution makes agencies immune from such lawsuits.

Ruling: Judge's Suit Against Arkansas Justices Can Proceed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2018 11:28 am

Most of an Arkansas judge's lawsuit against members of the state Supreme Court challenging his disqualification from execution-related cases after his participation in an anti-death penalty demonstration can move forward, a federal court ruled Thursday.

State Supreme Court: Some Execution Drug Info Can Be Secret

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/29/2018 2:09 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state prison system must continue to identify the manufacturers of its execution drugs but can conceal information that could be used to identify those who obtain the drugs for the state.

Questions Remain About Arkansas Immunity Ruling (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/26/2018 6:49 am

A judge's decision to toss out a lawsuit challenging the ban of a controversial herbicide is putting even more of a spotlight on an Arkansas Supreme Court decision that's created confusion about whether the state can ever be sued.

Could Marijuana Amendment Be Repealed? (Randall Bynum Commentary)

by Randall Bynum 2/12/2018 12:00 am

With a conservative legislature and a Supreme Court leaning toward literal interpretation, it is not inconceivable that the General Assembly could vote to repeal the Medical Marijuana Amendment and have its actions upheld by this Supreme Court.

Arkansas Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Immunity Ruling

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2018 6:49 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Tuesday they're concerned about the impact of a recent court ruling that they can't scale back the state's immunity from lawsuits, and said they may need to put the issue before voters.

'The King Can Do No Wrong': Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Right to Sue State (Adrienne Griffis Commentary)

by Adrienne Griffis 1/29/2018 1:07 pm

An Arkansas Supreme Court decision this month has a serious impact on the rights of state employees.

Outside Groups May Factor in Arkansas Court Race (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/29/2018 6:55 am

Courtney Goodson and David Sterling are about to face off in what could be another costly and heated fight for a state high court seat that could overshadow other races on the ballot this year.

Proposal Would Allow Legislature to Waive Immunity for Lawsuits

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/24/2018 11:36 am

A group called "The Committee to Restore Arkansans' Rights" proposes a constitutional amendment that would give the Legislature the right to waive sovereign immunity in certain circumstances

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson to Seek Re-Election

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/23/2018 6:51 am

Justice Courtney Goodson will run in the May election for her Supreme Court seat, and David Sterling, an attorney for the state Department of Human Services, plans to challenge her.

Arkansas Court: Lawmakers Can't Waive State's Suit Immunity

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/19/2018 7:28 am

The Arkansas Legislature can't loosen the state's immunity from lawsuits, the state's highest court found Thursday in a ruling that critics said would give officials "king-like" protection from court challenges on a number of fronts.

Ruling Voids Jury Waivers, Sounds Alarm

by Mark Friedman 12/18/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that contractual waivers of the right to a jury trial are not enforceable, triggering concerns from attorneys and business leaders because just about every commercial contract has a provision that contains that waiver.

Judge's Threat May Prompt Court, Legislative Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/4/2017 7:02 am

An Arkansas judge's threat to block the state from issuing any birth certificates if lawyers don't quickly fix a law that was found discriminatory could open up a new fight with a state Supreme Court.

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission Pushes to Unbundle Legal Services

by Mark Friedman 10/23/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission hopes changing the rules on attorneys taking a small part of a client’s case, instead of the whole thing, will give Arkansans wider access to legal counsel.