Tagged: p.k. holmes iii

The Art of the Plea Deal (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/1/2016 12:00 am

While the sentence was up to Judge Holmes, defense lawyer W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville negotiated a deal in which Dennis Smiley Jr. pleaded guilty to only a single count of bank fraud — but he had to accept responsibility and restitution for more than 20 bank victims and their combined losses of nearly $5 million.

As Sentencing Approaches, Dennis Smiley Attorney Says Banks Share Responsibility

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/25/2016 12:00 am

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank’s Benton County market, expects to go to federal prison after he is sentenced Thursday for bank fraud.

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.

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.

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.

Roy Stanley Wins Case Against IRS

by Mark Friedman 12/21/2015 12:00 am

Earlier this month, Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III awarded Roy Stanley and his wife, Carol, a judgment of $144,428 against the IRS in a dispute over an audit.

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.

Brandon Barber Counteroffers Judge's Order To Cash Out Life Insurance

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/27/2015 12:00 am

Brandon Barber, the former northwest Arkansas real estate developer, urged U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III to reconsider his order that calls for Barber’s life insurance policy to be liquidated.

Fayetteville Company Sues After Getting Stiffed on Chicken Fat

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Kow Commodities Inc. of Fayetteville said it delivered poultry fat and other products to Ethos Holdings LLC of Southlake, Texas, but was stiffed on the bill, according to a lawsuit that is now in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.

Tandem Appeals To Be Heard in Brandon Barber Cases

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/8/2015 12:00 am

A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments Thursday in the appeal of James Van Doren and on Friday in an appeal by federal prosecutors.

The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 7:12 pm

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014.

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.

Friends of Brandon Barber Call for Leniency

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Disgraced northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber wants to be sentenced to five years or less in federal prison instead of the nearly 20 years that federal prosecutors are pushing for. His friends have filled a court filing with supportive statements.

Prosecutors Plan Appeal in Case of Brandon Barber's Attorney, K. Vaughn Knight

by Gwen Moritz 7/8/2014 4:56 pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Johnson filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes' decision to throw out a jury's conviction of Knight on eight felony charges.

Barber Banker James Van Doren Reconsiders Guilty Plea

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 12:00 am

James Van Doren, the New York investment banker and ex-friend of former high-flying northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, has asked to withdraw his guilty plea to one count of money laundering for Barber. U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III recently denied that motion.

Barber Attorney Vaughn Knight's Case Remains in Limbo as Conner Eldridge Considers Next Move

by Mark Friedman 6/23/2014 12:00 am

Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said last week that he’s still deciding what to do with the case of K. Vaughn Knight, the attorney for former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber.

US Judge Sends Gerber Products Wage Case Back to Arkansas Court

by Associated Press 10/30/2013 9:55 am

For a second time, a federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by workers at a Gerber Products plant in Fort Smith should be heard in state court.

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.

Brandon Barber Co-Defendant James Van Doren Set For Plea Change Hearing

by Chris Bahn 8/21/2013 2:30 pm

James Van Doren, a co-defendant in a federal indictment involving former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, is set for a plea change hearing on Friday.