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***FOR PRINT*** Judge in Ark. Colossus class action did not 'play'

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 30, 2012, 10:40am

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Arkansas high court will examine power plant approval process

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 12, 2010, 10:16am

Arkansas Supreme Court TEXARKANA, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on April 15 about the process used to approve the certificate that granted SWEPCO's construction of the John W. Turk Power Plant located in southern Arkansas.

Sanctioned insurance company petitions Arkansas Supreme Court

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 29, 2009, 3:55pm

Judge Kirk Johnson TEXARKANA, Ark. � Shortly after an order for $315,000 in sanctions, Foremost Insurance Co. may have the opportunity to be dismissed from a pending Arkansas class action.

State AGs, supreme courts don't go unnoticed in Hellholes report

John O'Brien Dec. 15, 2009, 5:19am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Several state attorneys general and state supreme courts were put under the microscope by the American Tort Reform Foundation in its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, released Dec. 15.

Judge dismisses discrimination, retaliation suit against Weyerhaeuser

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 20, 2009, 6:23am

TEXARKANA, Ark. � U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes dismissed an Arkansas resident's claims that Weyerhaeuser terminated him based on his age and as retaliation for a workers' compensation claim.

Portion of Arkansas tort reform law ruled unconstitutional

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 7, 2009, 8:00am

Arkansas Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Declaring a portion of the 2003 tort reform law violates the Arkansas Constitution separation of powers clause, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled two provisions of the Civil Justice Reform Act unconstitutional on April 30.

Legally Speaking: For Better or Verse? Poetic Justices

John G. Browning Dec. 23, 2008, 10:55am

In earlier installments of this series ("When Judges Get Cute," "Lyrical Law"), we examined how judges have used song lyrics and humor in writing judicial opinions. In this final segment, we'll look at how judges over the years have employed rhymed verse in their opinions.

U.S. Supreme Court to issue ruling regarding Arkansas class action against GM

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 17, 2008, 12:16pm

TEXARKANA, Ark. � The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to release a decision Jan. 12 regarding a petition for a writ of certoriatia filed by General Motors in a class action pending in the Miller County Circuit Court of Arkansas.

Colossus defendant claims it has been denied due process

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 26, 2008, 9:19am

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Claim IQ Inc. is petitioning the Arkansas Supreme Court to order a state circuit court to cease what the company calls improper exercise of jurisdiction and dismiss the defendant without prejudice from the Colossus class action.

Colossal class action hits Texarkana

The SE Texas Record Jul. 14, 2008, 5:11am

Judge Kirk Johnson TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - Like the common lore, everything may be bigger in Texas, except, it seems, when it comes to staggering legal action. Nobody tops Texarkana, Ark., these days.

Arkansas Supreme Court rules class action against GM will continue

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 25, 2008, 5:55am

Arkansas Supreme Court TEXARKANA,Ark. -- Variances in state laws will have no effect on class certification of multi-state class actions, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled June 19.

Legally Speaking: If You Can't Teach 'Em, Sue 'Em

John G. Browning Jun. 11, 2008, 10:52am

John G. Browning There are some strange things afoot within the ivory towers of academia. For example, a recent perusal of the University of California-Berkeley Law School's faculty Web site listed "Test Dummy" among the names of its many legal scholars.

Oral arguments heard over class certification in product liability cases

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 2, 2008, 6:19am

Associate Justice Donald Corbin LITTLE ROCK, Ark. � The Arkansas Supreme Court heard arguments over multi-state class certification issues relating to product liability cases on Thursday, May 29.

Arkansas 'click fraud' class action settled

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 8, 2008, 5:44am

TEXARKANA, Ark. � Miller County Circuit Court Judge Joe Griffin approved the final order for the last defendant's settlement in the Arkansas "click fraud" class action.

Arkansas SC set to hear multi-state class certification issues

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 1, 2008, 3:56am

TEXARKANA, Ark. � The Arkansas Supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the Miller County Circuit Court erred in certifying a nationwide class prior to considering choice-of-law issues. The oral arguments are scheduled for May 29 in Little Rock.

Class counsel attempts to disqualify defense attorney in Foremost Insurance case

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 13, 2008, 7:11am

TEXARKANA, Ark. � After almost four years of litigation in the Circuit Court of Miller County, Ark., plaintiffs' attorneys are attempting to remove opposing attorney Richard Griffin and his law firm Jackson Walker LLP from representing Foremost Insurance Company.

Arkansas Supreme Court orders dismissal of class action against Centerpoint Energy

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 20, 2008, 5:00am

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered Circuit Court Judge James Hudson Jr. to dismiss the class action suit against Centerpoint Energy, which alleged Centerpoint was involved in a fraudulent natural gas selling scheme.

Class certification delayed in Colossus litigation

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 9, 2007, 11:42am

Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson TEXARKANA, Ark. -- In a recent hearing, Miller County Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson heard defendants' attorneys request for a hearing for ruling on issues in the Colossus software case.

$45 M discovery dispute heading to the Arkansas Supreme Court

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 26, 2007, 11:50am

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Taking their argument to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Foremost Insurance Company is appealing Circuit Court Judge Kirk Johnson's Order to produce all of its claim files. The insurance company estimates the required production of 600,000 claim files would cost around $45 million.

Legally Speaking: Making sure justice doesn't get lost in translation

John G. Browning Aug. 29, 2007, 11:46am

As a nation, we pride ourselves on a legal system that promises equal access to justice for everyone.