Arkansas Supreme Court News

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 Supreme Court reverses decision made in Arkansas Community Correction case over sovereign immunity claims

By Dawn Geske | Apr 26, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed and dismissed an order by a circuit court after an appeal from Arkansas Community Correction (ACC) citing sovereign immunity in an Arkansas Whistleblower Act case.

Arkansas Supreme Court decertifies class in pawn shop case

By Angela Underwood | Dec 20, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – An appeal from the Pulaski County Circuit Court rules out class certification sought by two customers of a pawn shop in an Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices suit.

Arkansas high court returns class action case over employee vacation pay

By John Sammon | Nov 30, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Nov. 16 remanded a case back to the Union County Circuit Court asking the lower court for more specifics in a case of employees suing their employer over vacation pay they claimed is owed to them.

Majority of Ark. SC affirms $10K sanction against Little Rock; Hart files strong dissent

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – On June 8, the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed a $10,000 fine assessed to the city of Little Rock by a circuit judge.

Ark. SC makes decisions on immunity defense by state employee

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Jun 23, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled on the appeal of a public official sued by her former employee over racial discrimination allegations.

Ark. SC justice says alternative dispute resolution is 'eroding the cornerstone of our democracy'

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The lone dissenting Arkansas Supreme Court justice in an arbitration case otherwise upheld by the court earlier this month warned against alternative dispute resolution.

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

By Jessica Karmasek | May 15, 2017

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

By Carrie Salls | May 15, 2017

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

By Tabitha Fleming | Apr 10, 2017

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

By John Myers | Apr 4, 2017

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

By Christopher Knoll | Mar 14, 2017

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

By Nicholas Gueguen | Feb 28, 2017

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 8, 2016

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 30, 2015

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 28, 2015

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 17, 2015

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

ACLU says Ark. voter ID law disenfranchised primary voters

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2014

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.

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