Arkansas Attorney General News

Arkansas AG's office adds division to fight public corruption

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently established a new sector within the AG office’s Special Investigations Department called the Public Integrity Division, assigning two extra investigators to focus on public corruption.

Arkansas joins coalition to support not extending Title VII protection for sexual orientation

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — A coalition of eight states led by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief to support Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC regarding Title VII protection for sexual orientation.

Committee to Restore Arkansans' Rights alleges part of state's code is unconstitutional

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 4, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – An Arkansas ballot question committee is challenging the rejection of its proposed amendment to the state's constitution.

Arkansas AG certifies ballot titles for proposals to raise the minimum wage, authorize casino gambling

By Mark Iandolo | May 31, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced May 23 that she is certifying ballot titles for proposals to raise the minimum wage, authorize casino gaming and revise the legislative redistricting process.

New state AG opioid lawsuits show diverging strategies, outside counsel pay scales

By Daniel Fisher | May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - The latest wave of state lawsuits over the opioid crisis illustrates sharp differences emerging in how governments litigate these cases, both in whom they choose to sue and whether private lawyers stand to get a piece of the action.

Arkansas' attorney general uses five private law firms to file opioid lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Mar 30, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Another Republican has officially joined forces with the trial bar to sue the makers of prescription painkillers, as Arkansas’ Leslie Rutledge recently filed her anticipated lawsuit through five different private law firms.

Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 20, 2018

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

Mike Moore, of tobacco litigation fame, signs on to help Arkansas with opioid probe

By Michael McGrady | Mar 6, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently announced that her office will retain help from private firms to potentially sue opioid makers - and one of those lawyers is a former attorney general of Mississippi who was a main player in the nationwide tobacco litigation of the 1990s that the opioid litigation is often likened to.

Arkansas attorney general alleges NuCold Refrigeration violated consumer protection laws

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 11, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer-protection lawsuit Dec. 21 against Morrilton-based NuCold Refrigeration Inc. and its owner, Jerry Collins of Plumerville. NuCold also conducts business under the names RV Fridge House and RV Icebox.

Arkansas targets Capital Credit Solutions, alleges violations of multiple state laws

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 10, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer-protection lawsuit Dec. 21 against Florida-based Capital Credit Solutions Inc. and Willie J. McKenzie for allegations of deceiving consumers in the state about their credit repair services.

Arkansas attorney general targets multiple automotive retailers for alleged deception

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer protection lawsuit Dec. 17 against multiple automotive retailers and their owners and officers for allegations of violating the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Arkansas targets United Networks of America in consumer protection lawsuit

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer-protection lawsuit Dec. 20 against Louisiana-based United Networks of America Inc. (UNA).

Adobe Systems pays penalty, agrees to update security measures after alleged data breach

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 18, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Adobe Systems Inc. has agreed to resolve claims related to a 2013 data breach, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Nov. 11.

Delaware case of missing money heads to Supreme Court

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an original action case against the state of Delaware, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced.

Multiple states seek to join Arkansas' action against Delaware over MoneyGram funds

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has notified the U.S. Supreme Court that attorneys general from California, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, Washington and the commonwealth of Virginia seek to join Arkansas’ complaint against Delaware.

Eight-state coalition urges EPA to reconsider regional haze rules

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 19, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is leading a coalition of eight attorneys general in pleading with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the effects and costs of its proposed changes to regional haze rules.

WLF to Arkansas federal court: U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’ is too ‘aggressive,’ should be struck down

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 18, 2016

The Washington Legal Foundation, a D.C.-based public interest law firm, recently filed an amicus brief in Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas v. Perez. The foundation, citing a recent Texas federal court ruling, argues the new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule violates First Amendment protections.

Arkansas attorney general settles on alleged illegal payday loan scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 29, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced her office has settled a consumer-protection lawsuit against Western Sky Financial, CashCall Inc., WS Funding, Martin A. Webb and J. Paul Reddam that had alleged the entities conspired to offer illegal payday loans.

Federal court enjoins U.S. Department of Labor's Persuader Advice Exemption Rule

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 28, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that her request to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Advice Exemption Rule was granted; the rule has now been blocked from moving forward nationwide.

Arkansas to receive $131,942.10 in national settlement with Tarceva makers

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 16, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals LLC agreed to pay a total of $67 million to federal and state Medicaid programs, including $131,942.10 to Arkansas, after allegations of making misleading representations about its products, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced.

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