Tagged: john goodson

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.

Judges of Integrity (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/14/2015 12:00 am

There is a reason that class-action law is viewed with suspicion. In 2005, Congress did what it could to rein in documented abuses of the system, especially those that unfairly favored the plaintiffs or their lawyers. And in 2013, in an especially odorous case out of Miller County, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a strategy designed to pummel defendants into settlements was patently illegal.

UA Trustees Accept Audit Detailing $4.2M Deficit

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 1/23/2014 3:57 pm

University of Arkansas trustees have accepted an audit report that detailed a $4.2 million deficit run up by the advancement division at the Fayetteville campus.

Judge Keeps Texarkana Case In Federal Court

by Mark Friedman 9/2/2013 12:00 am

The potential class-action case that was the subject of a pivotal ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will be staying in federal court, another blow to the plaintiffs’ attorneys who had hoped to continue the case in the historically friendly confines of Miller County Circuit Court.

Miller County Lawyers Want Standard Fire Suit Back in Texarkana

by Mark Friedman 6/3/2013 12:00 am

A loss at the U.S. Supreme Court in March isn’t stopping plaintiffs’ attorneys from fighting to return a potential class-action lawsuit to the friendly confines of Miller County Circuit Court.

A Look at the 3 Law Firms Who Pulled in Profits from Class-action Suits in Miller County

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2013 12:00 am

Although there’s no sign advertising the fact, the Craftsman-style brick house with its wraparound porch at 406 Walnut St. in Texarkana is the home of Keil & Goodson, one of the most lucrative law firms in Arkansas.

Inside the Miller County Class-Action Strategy Invalidated by U.S. Supreme Court

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2013 12:00 am

The high court agreed with dozens of other corporations that have complained that Miller County Circuit Court is a legal backwater where friendly elected judges help prolific local class-action attorneys exploit a loophole in federal law to force giant settlements in cases whose legal merits are never even considered.