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P.K. Holmes III

The Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building and Courthouse in Fort Smith, serving the Western District of Arkansas.
Government & Politics / Legal

Stilley Rebuffed in Garnishment FightLock Icon

A federal judge recently denied a request by former Arkansas attorney Oscar Amos Stilley to block the government from garnishing his wages to pay off a judgment. read more >
Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema did not have a fond parting with Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville; he was fired after several lackluster seasons. But he had a multimillion-dollar buyout clause, and that bonanza is at the center of a bitter legal battle.
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Knives Out for Lawyers As Bielema Feud Festers

The feud between former University of Arkansas Head Football Coach Bret Bielema and the Razorback Foundation is getting worse. read more >
Rick Merechka built this 6,000-SF home in Alma  in the 2000s. It burned to the ground in April 2015, triggering a legal fight with his insurance carrier.
Banking & Finance / Legal / Real Estate

Judge Tosses Homeowner’s $1.1M Insurance Claim

A federal judge recently sided with an insurance company against a Crawford County man who said he had amassed nearly $600,000 worth of furnishings in less than five years between bankruptcy and a catastrophic house fire. read more >
Education / Legal

Assault Claims Grow Costly for Colleges

A former student recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging Southern Arkansas University mishandled her sexual assault complaint. read more >
Dr. Michael Raber
Business Services / Health Care / Legal

Neurosurgeon Bailed on Fayettevile Job, Now Must Pay

Washington Regional Medical Center recently won a judgment against a neurosurgeon who received a $48,000 signing bonus but quit before his first day at the Fayetteville hospital. read more >
Judge P.K. Holmes III said in a recent order that he has "a strong impression" that attorneys Josh Sanford and Steve Rauls, shown in order on right, have directed most of their efforts "toward obtaining a settlement for Plaintiffs that includes a large fee award for attorneys appearing from the Sanford Law Firm."
Health Care / Insurance

Judge Holmes Tells Little Rock Lawyers to Pay UpLock Icon

The chief federal judge for the Western District of Arkansas recently ordered two Little Rock lawyers to pay a total of $4,586 in costs and fees related to two of their clients not showing up for depositions. read more >
Judge P.K. Holmes III said in a recent order that he has "a strong impression" that attorneys Josh Sanford and Steve Rauls, shown in order on right, have directed most of their efforts "toward obtaining a settlement for Plaintiffs that includes a large fee award for attorneys appearing from the Sanford Law Firm."
Energy / Health Care

Little Rock Attorneys Ask Judge Holmes to Rethink SanctionsLock Icon

Two Little Rock lawyers have asked the chief federal judge for the Western District of Arkansas to reconsider sanctions he imposed on them after a string of cases in which he was critical of their law firm’s work. read more >
Jake Files
Construction / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

State Sen. Jake Files Pleads Guilty to Federal Crimes in GIF Scandal

The Fort Smith Republican waived indictment and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud in connection with money routed to him from the state General Improvement Fund. read more >
John Goodson
Insurance / Legal

8th Circuit Reverses Holmes, Tosses Sanctions Against Goodson, Others

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that attorney John Goodson of Texarkana and four other lawyers didn't engage in "forum shopping" in an Arkansas class-action case and tossed the sanctions against them. read more >
P.K. Holmes III
Legal

Federal Judge Holmes Tosses Strip Club SettlementLock Icon

The chief federal judge for the Western District of Arkansas threw out a proposed settlement that would have given a plaintiff’s lawyers five times the amount their client received. read more >
Brandon Woodrome
Banking & Finance / Construction / Investments / Legal

Brandon Woodrome Makes Request for Leniency

Brandon Woodrome, the 29-year-old former Fort Smith construction company owner, has asked for a light term in federal prison when he is sentenced next week for one count each of bank fraud and wire fraud. read more >
Brandon Woodrome
Banking & Finance / Construction / Legal / Real Estate

Sentencing Set for Fort Smith Developer Brandon Woodrome

Brandon Woodrome, the 29-year-old Fort Smith construction company owner, will be sentenced April 18 for one count each of bank fraud and wire fraud. read more >
Legal

Punishment for John Goodson Gets New Look on Appeal

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last week to determine if a sanction will stand against attorney John Goodson of Texarkana and four other lawyers found to have engaged in “forum shopping” in an Arkansas class-action case. read more >
From left: Judges Duane Benton, Bobby Shepherd and Lavenski Smith of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
Insurance / Legal

8th Circuit Hears Forum Shopping Case Involving Goodson

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday to determine if a sanction will stand against attorney John Goodson of Texarkana and four other lawyers found to have engaged in "forum shopping" in an Arkansas class-action case. read more >
Insurance / Legal

John Goodson To Defend Himself at Circuit Court of Appeals

Texarkana class-action attorney John Goodson will get his day before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 7. read more >
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal

Dozen Lawyers File Appeal in Holmes Sanction

The 12 plaintiffs’ attorneys who were found to have abused the court system in their manipulation of a controversial class-action case maintain they didn’t do anything wrong in the handling of the case, according to a brief filed last week. read more >
Stephen Engstrom
Health Care / Legal

Stephen Engstrom Pulls Out Of 7 Cases Involving John Goodson

Less than a month after Little Rock Attorney Stephen Engstrom was cleared of wrongdoing in a controversial class-action case, he asked to withdraw from seven other pending class actions in which his co-counsel included Texarkana attorney John Goodson. read more >
Insurance / Legal

Defense Attorneys Appeal Ruling in Class-Action Case

Three defense attorneys last week followed the path of the plaintiffs' attorneys and filed notice that they will appeal Chief U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III's finding that they abused the court system in a controversial class-action case. read more >
Education / Legal / Media & Marketing

The Company You Keep (Editorial)

It’s time for John Goodson to resign as a UA trustee. We are known by the company we keep — and the people we empower. read more >
The Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse (white building right of the Gateway Arch) in St. Louis, home of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Insurance / Legal

John Goodson, Others Appeal Reprimands in Class-Action Case

Twelve plaintiffs' attorneys on Monday filed notice that they will appeal U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III's finding that they abused the court system in a controversial class-action case. The attorneys include five who were reprimanded by Holmes last week, including John Goodson, the husband of a state Supreme Court justice. read more >