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$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

McDaniel

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

Goodson

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.

Ark. SC rules against Internet cafe over sweepstakes promotions

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 23, 2012, 7:25am

Hannah LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has affirmed a ruling against an Internet cafe and business center over its so-called "sweepstakes promotions."

Ark. SC reinstates man's complaint against Union Pacific

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 9, 2012, 1:45pm

Brown LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last month reversed a lower court's dismissal of a man's complaint against Union Pacific Railroad Company for work-related injuries.

Ark. SC dismisses AG's case against Utah law firm

Jessica M. Karmasek Mar. 27, 2012, 10:50am

Danielson LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled this month that the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act has no application to the practice of law by attorneys.

Ark. SC grants new trial in stillborn case

Jessica M. Karmasek Mar. 13, 2012, 3:48pm

Danielson LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week remanded a wrongful death action, filed against a doctor by a man whose baby was stillborn, for a new trial.

Ark. SC: Cause of action for negligent credentialing doesn't exist

Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 14, 2012, 5:00pm

Brown LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week affirmed a ruling in favor of hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Ark. SC rules clerk's signature on summons was valid

Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 1, 2012, 12:10pm

Corbin LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week affirmed a lower court's order upholding a default judgment and damages of more than $700,000 in a case hinging on the validity of a circuit clerk's signature.