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Arkansas SC says it can’t rule on attorney’s disqualification due to lack of hearing transcript

Jessica Karmasek May 15, 2017, 2:18pm

Billy Ray Brocato, doing business as Splash Pool and Spa, filed a complaint against the Helena Country Club in September 2015, alleging claims of breach of contract and a violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, or ADTPA.

Accident victim gets new trial in Arkansas amid allegations of defense misconduct

Carrie Salls May 15, 2017, 9:57am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A case related to back injuries allegedly sustained in an automobile accident is headed for a new trial following a ruling made by the Supreme Court of Arkansas on May 11.

Ark. SC not yet considering appeal in wrongful death lawsuit

Tabitha Fleming Apr. 10, 2017, 11:57am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on March 16 vacated a Court of Appeals decision, ruling it did not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal in a wrongful death lawsuit that involved Baptist Health Medical Center.

Arkansas SC justice criticizes peers for eroding plaintiff's constitutional rights

John Myers Apr. 4, 2017, 11:36am

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice, in a recent dissenting opinion, said she worries her peers have contributed to a trend that is eroding a citizen's constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Arkansas bill seeks to cap compensation levels for attorneys, clients

Christopher Knoll Mar. 14, 2017, 8:54am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Changes have been proposed to the compensation levels for attorneys and clients in jury trials, the maximum amounts of awardable damage rewards as well as limits to the power of the State Supreme Court.

Ark. police, firefighters notch important win in class action

Nicholas Gueguen Feb. 28, 2017, 11:59am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Arkansas on Feb. 16 decided to uphold a Faulkner County Circuit Court certified a class of Conway police and firefighters who are seeking salary increases.

$45 million proposed settlement reached in Arkansas class action over ‘light’ cigarettes

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 8, 2016, 11:48am

A court hearing is scheduled for November to consider whether to approve the settlement. Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA denies the allegations in the lawsuit.

Divided Arkansas SC reverses decision to grant class action status in wage lawsuit

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 30, 2015, 10:55am

The state’s high court, in a 4-3 ruling, said the state Department of Veterans Affairs employees’ claims were too individualized.

Law professor to take over for Arkansas SC chief justice

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 28, 2015, 11:59am

Howard Brill, who has been a professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 1975, will replace Chief Justice Jim Hannah, who is stepping down at the end of the month due to health issues.

Head of Arkansas SC announces his resignation

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 17, 2015, 8:31am

Chief Justice Jim Hannah said he will step down Aug. 31 due to health issues.

ACLU says Ark. voter ID law disenfranchised primary voters

David Yates Jun. 3, 2014, 5:56pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - With the state Supreme Court allowing Arkansas' new law requiring voters to present IDs to go forward, hundreds of absentee votes were not counted in the May 20 primary - a fact that one group says has disenfranchised voters.

Ark. SC overturns $1.2B verdict against Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal

John O'Brien Mar. 20, 2014, 4:07pm


Ark. AG asks state SC to uphold $1.2B judgment against Johnson & Johnson

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 20, 2013, 5:45pm

LITTLE ROCK (Legal Newsline) -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, along with 35 state attorneys general and 65 members of the state's General Assembly, is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Legal foundation asks Ark. SC to overturn $1.2B judgment for improper drug labels

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 9, 2013, 5:45pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) -- A Washington D.C.-based law and policy center is urging the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a $1.2 billion civil penalty imposed by the state based on claims that a drug manufacturer included inadequate risk information on a product label.

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice reports $50k gift from plaintiff lawyer

Michelle Keahey Feb. 12, 2013, 5:04pm


Ark. SC: Safety consulting firm not responsible for worker's severed fingers

Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 7, 2013, 2:45pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled last week that a safety consulting firm cannot be held responsible for a rubber company employee's severed fingers.

Ark. SC: Medical marijuana proposal can appear on ballot

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 28, 2012, 9:15am

Baker LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of allowing state residents to vote on a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

Ark. SC dismisses farmer's appeal over law firms' fees

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 20, 2012, 1:30pm

Goodson LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court this month dismissed an appeal over attorneys fees by a farmer who sued Bayer for its contamination of the nation's long-grain rice supply.

ANPAC group chose to fight rather than settle in Miller County, Ark.

Michelle Keahey May 18, 2012, 1:28pm

TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Rather than battle it out in a rural Arkansas court, most insurance companies targeted in a 2005 class action lawsuit forked over millions to settle conspiracy and fraud allegations involving the claims adjusting software Colossus.

Judge in Ark. Colossus class action did not 'play'

Michelle Keahey Apr. 25, 2012, 7:00am

Justice Goodson FORT SMITH, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A Sebastian County, Ark., judge known for being a no-nonsense jurist apparently had no patience for class action attorneys who asked him to be more like Miller County Circuit Court Judge Kirk Johnson.