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Walmart & Zest Labs Trial Set for January 2025Lock Icon

U.S. District Judge James M. Moody Jr. of Little Rock in December ordered a new trial in the case that yielded a $115 million verdict against the Bentonville retailer.

Judge Awards $5M to Crain’s Ex-COO

A U.S. District Court judge recently awarded $5 million to the former chief operating officer of Crain Automotive Holdings LLC of Sherwood for money owed under a deferred compensation plan.

Joe Ford, Conway Regional Honored at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Ford received the Legacy of Leadership award in honor of a career spanning business and the highest levels of government.

Family Dollar Plea Deal Includes $41.7M Fine for Rodent-Infested Warehouse in West Memphis

The fine is the largest-ever monetary criminal penalty in a food safety case, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

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Your Vision, Your Life (Marta Loyd On Life & Leading)

A memorable, meaningful and measurable vision statement can inspire us to live in a purposeful way. read more >
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FDIC Sanctions Nine Bank of England Mortgage Employees

Federal bank regulators said a branch in suburban Detroit engaged in bait-and-switch tactics and other systemic deception of customers. read more >
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Courageous Authenticity (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Organizations led with courageous authenticity and integrity outperform their competitors. read more >
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Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO Lobbies for Higher Reimbursement Rates Amidst LayoffsLock Icon

New legislation is being drafted that would force insurers to pay Arkansas hospitals the average being paid in border states. read more >
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State Warns Fantasy Sports Platforms Over Unlicensed Betting

Cease and desist letters target side wagers on player performance, or prop bets, offered by Underdog Fantasy and PrizePicks. read more >
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Blackstone Buys 7 Brew Stake From Jimmy John’s Founder

It was not immediately clear how the deal would impact the ownership battle between Jimmy John Liautaud and the drive-through coffee shop chain. read more >
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Update: Highway Officials Await Proposed Fixes From I-30 Widening Contractor

The $187.3 million project in Saline County is more than 14 months behind its original scheduled completion date. read more >
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Treasury Proposes New Anti-Money Laundering Regulations for Investment Advisers

Advisers would be required to file reports with the government when suspicious activity is detected by clients, among other things. read more >
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Tom Mars Takes On ‘Vulnerable’ NCAALock Icon

Rogers attorney Tom Mars represents Sprye Sports Group of Nashville, Tennessee, an NIL collective that is at the center of the NCAA investigation. read more >
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End the Madness (Editorial)

The internet’s decimation of local news has allowed lies and conspiracy theories to gain traction. read more >
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Sign Here and Here (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Signing two petitions is the first step to protecting our right to government records. read more >
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Fayetteville Investment Banker Faces Guilty Verdict in $18M Fraud Case

The sentencing hearing for John Nock is postponed, with a new date not yet set. read more >
An Arkansas judge ruled that Expedia and two other online travel companies improperly pocketed taxes on hotel room bookings.
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State Chamber Voices Concerns in Case Against Online Travel CompaniesLock Icon

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce wants to file a friend of the court brief that would support the online travel companies like Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity. read more >
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$115M Trade Secrets Case Now Favors WalmartLock Icon

A federal judge has ordered a new trial in the trade secrets case against Walmart Inc. read more >
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A Record Number of Americans Can’t Afford Their Rent. Lawmakers are Scrambling to Help

The latest data from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, released in January, found that a record high 22.4 million renter households — or half of renters nationwide — were spending more than 30% of their income on rent in 2022. read more >
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Arkansas Joins $1.5M Settlement Against Crypto Platform

The investigation determined that TradeStation Crypto Inc. engaged in the unregistered offer and sale of securities. read more >
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An Effective Cybersecurity Tool: Empowered Employees (Chris Wright Commentary)

Criminals don’t have to employ advanced tactics like AI-generated deepfakes to access companies’ systems because employees often unintentionally leave the doors open. read more >
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Caddo Mountain Spring Water Sues Subcontractor Over Botched Well Project

The lawsuit alleges that Missouri-based Environmental Works Inc. didn't follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing a sealant, which caused the well to fail. read more >
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Springdale Attorney Awarded $1.5M in Hearse-Chasing Case

Attorney Jason M. Hatfield of Springdale recently received a $1.5 million award in a case tied to allegations of a scheme in which “runners” who were not lawyers handed out business cards at funerals to recruit plaintiffs for wrongful death suits. read more >
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Baptist Health Names New VP & Chief Medical Officer (Movers & Shakers)

Mackenzie Clyburn has been promoted to vice president of hospital operations at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock, and Dr. David Shenker has been promoted to chief medical officer. read more >