Tagged: john goodson

Holmes Highlights Other Class-Action Cases Settled in State Court

by Mark Friedman 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Going to Arkansas state courts to settle class-action cases and avoid federal review has generated a total of $8.34 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses in five cases.

John Goodson: No Role Model (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Judges and lawyers who pervert the judicial system for their enrichment undermine the public’s faith in that system. They should not be board members of the state’s university system.

Lecture by Footnote (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/18/2016 11:38 am

U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes seemed to use footnotes to deliver his most direct lectures to the 16 attorneys he plans to sanction in a case related to a USAA class-action lawsuit.

Judge Holmes Intends to Sanction 16 Attorneys After June 10 Hearing

by Mark Friedman 4/15/2016 10:57 am

U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III said Thursday that he intends to sanction 16 attorneys involved in a controversial class-action case for abusing the federal court system.

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Law

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/21/2016 12:00 am

A legal resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions.

John Goodson Claims 'Little Involvement' in Controversial Class-action Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Class-action attorney John Goodson said he had "very little involvement" in the case of Mark and Katherine Adams v. United Services Automobile Association.

John Goodson Helped Law Firms Get State Auditor Contract Potentially Worth Millions

by Mark Friedman 2/22/2016 12:00 am

State Auditor Andrea Lea agreed to pay inexperienced out-of-state attorneys a fee nearly twice as high as other states have committed to pay in a pursuit of unredeemed U.S. Treasury bonds.

Update: Judge Questions Attorneys Over 'Forum Shopping' in Hearing

by Mark Friedman 2/18/2016 2:15 pm

Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III said Thursday that it might take up to four weeks before he issues a ruling involving possible sanctions against more than a dozen attorneys involved in a controversial class-action case.

Federal Judge Holmes Previews Schedule for Class-Action Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Judge P.K. Holmes III previews how events will unfold Thursday in the show-cause hearing involving more than a dozen attorneys in a controversial class-action forum-shopping case.

Group Launches Ad Blitz in Arkansas Chief Justice Race

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/8/2016 4:11 pm

A group launches TV ads portraying Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson as being beholden to trial lawyers and criticizing her over gifts and campaign contributions.

No Time Like The Present (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/8/2016 12:00 am

People satisfied with the status quo seem to think it is “too close” to the judicial elections to actually talk about judicial elections or the people standing for election in them.

Attention Must Be Paid (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Robert Brown, the retired Arkansas Supreme Court justice, best summarized the problem with the state’s court system: “I think you have to do something about the money. That’s what it comes down to.”

John Goodson, Others Respond to Judge; Court Date Reset

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/18/2016 12:00 am

The "show-cause" hearing date involving more than a dozen attorneys in the controversial class-action "forum shopping" case has been moved up a day to Feb. 18.

Federal Judge Sets Hearing on Threat to Sanction Goodson, Taylor, Others

by Gwen Moritz 1/11/2016 12:54 pm

A hearing in which attorneys in a controversial class-action case can try to talk U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes out of imposing sanctions has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 19 at the federal courthouse in Fort Smith.

Give Me One Good Reason (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/11/2016 12:00 am

The effects of an astonishing reaction to a Dec. 14 Arkansas Business story about a new legal strategy for class-action cases may not have been completely felt yet.

The Rule of Law (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/11/2016 12:00 am

The foundation of any civilized society, including the United States, is the rule of law. And when the law is mocked and those mocking it escape consequences, citizens lose respect for the law. And when citizens lose respect for the law, they lose respect for the systems — municipalities, states and country — founded on the law.

Controversial Class-Action Settlement Approved in Polk County

by Mark Friedman 12/23/2015 10:27 am

A Polk County Circuit Court judge has approved a class-action settlement that a federal judge said he wouldn't have. Judge Jerry Ryan awarded $1.85 million in fees and expenses to attorneys John Goodson of Texarkana, his law partner Matt Keil, and W.H. Taylor and other attorneys in a case against United Services Automobile Association

Goodson, Taylor Threatened With Sanctions Over Class-Action Abuse

by Gwen Moritz 12/22/2015 10:09 am

Attorneys John Goodson of Texarkana, W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville and others involved in a class-action lawsuit against the USAA insurance company have been ordered to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned for abusing the federal court system.

John Goodson's New Class-Action Strategy Takes Place of One Blocked by US Supreme Court

by Mark Friedman 12/14/2015 12:00 am

Since the U.S. Supreme Court found a previous strategy to be illegal, Keil & Goodson and other class-action attorneys have taken a different approach to keeping their class-action settlements out of the hands of federal judges: strike a deal with the defendants to settle the case in state court.

Arkansas Supreme Court Ruling Unleashes Flurry of Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 12/14/2015 12:00 am

Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down a class-action strategy that had been wildly lucrative for Keil & Goodson of Texarkana, a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court opened up a new business opportunity.