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Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Karen Baker wrote the majority opinion on a 4-3 decision that contractual waivers of the right to a jury trial are not enforceable. Attorney Robert T. Smith said people were caught "off guard" by the decision. Randy Zook, CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, said the ruling took him by surprise.
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Ruling Voids Jury Waivers, Sounds Alarm

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that contractual waivers of the right to a jury trial are not enforceable, triggering concerns from attorneys and business leaders because just about every commercial contract has a provision that contains that waiver. read more >
Clockwise from top left: Mr. Dunderbak's makes its return to McCain Mall, Arkansas Children's Hospital makes grand plans, Gus Malzahn returns to Auburn from a one-year stint at Arkansas State, Jon Brawner thought it was wild goose season and Oxford American makes some changes in its masthead.
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Arkansas Business: The Best & Worst News of 2012

There was good news and there was bad news in Arkansas in 2012. And in case you’ve forgotten the details, the Arkansas Business staff is here to remind you. read more >
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Arkansas Business: Best Quotes of 2012

From John L. Smith’s pep talk to reporters to U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson’s withering remarks to out-of-line prosecutors, they said it all in 2012. read more >