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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.

Dent-A-Med alleged to have called Wyoming woman without her permission

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 21, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A Casper, Wyoming alleges a Springdale, Arkansas business has placed automated calls to her phone without permission.

EEOC sues Walmart stores in D.C. for allegedly denying accommodations to deaf employees

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit June 4 against Walmart Stores East LP for allegations of denying reasonable accommodations to employees who are deaf.

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 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 Court of Appeals upholds termination of teacher who allegedly slapped students

By Dawn Geske | Apr 26, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A teacher from Northridge Middle School lost her appeal against the Van Buren School Board and has had her termination upheld after allegedly slapping two students.

Arkansas Court of Appeals reverses order for Entergy to produce documents to allegedly injured worker

By Dawn Geske | Apr 24, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by the Pope County Circuit Court that granted a man allegedly injured in a nuclear plant accident to receive root-cause evaluations as part of written discovery.

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.

Murphy USA Inc. customers file suit over allegedly improper charging of sales tax

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2018

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Customers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a retail gas station chain over allegations it improperly charged money from its customers.

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.

Purdue Pharma, others seek dismissal of man's opioid marketing suit, alleges claims are 'defective'

By Pam Wright | Nov 15, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers and sellers has moved to dismiss a class action suit filed by a consumer who alleges prescription opioids were fraudulently marketed.

Alcohol retailers challenge Arkansas' permits that allow wine to be sold in grocery stores

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 9, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Controlled beverages retailers in Arkansas are challenging permits that allow grocery stores in the state to sell an expanded selection of wine.

Arkansas man files class action against opioid manufacturers over unjust enrichment allegations

By Wadi Reformado | Jul 25, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – A consumer has filed a suit against several manufactures and/or sellers of prescription opioids over allegations of misrepresentations about the drugs.

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.

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