Tagged: p.k. holmes iii

State Supreme Court Keeps Eye on Attorney Sanctions

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

The 16 attorneys facing sanctions for abusing the federal court system in a controversial class-action case aren’t the only ones interested in what U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III will do on June 24.

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.

No Ruling Yet from Holmes on Attorney Sanctions in Class-action Cases

by Mark Friedman 3/28/2016 12:00 am

As of Monday morning, an order had not been issued involving possible sanctions against 17 lawyers who were involved in a class-action lawsuit.

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.

Old Ruling Haunts Class-action Lawyers

by Mark Friedman 2/29/2016 12:00 am

When 17 attorneys submitted briefs explaining why they moved a class-action case out of Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes III’s court and into Polk County Circuit Court, something was curiously missing.

Posturing for the Press (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/29/2016 12:00 am

Respect for judges and respect for the courts seemed to be an underlying theme at Judge P.K. Holmes’ Feb. 18 “show-cause” hearing for attorneys involved in controversial class-action cases.

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.

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.

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.