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Lisa Hammersly

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State bar to study judges' impartiality

updated: 01/30/2016 5:59 a.m. Comments 4

The Arkansas Bar Association voted Friday to study in depth how to maintain the independence and impartiality of state court judges, citing a series of news articles about campaign contributions and state Supreme Court decisions published this week in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Electing judges best, says justice

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson affirmed her support Wednesday for electing members of the state's highest court even as others, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson, want to consider different methods for choosing justices.

CASH & THE COURT PART III: Campaign money stirs debate over how judges picked

posted: 01/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

A national study of ethics rules, campaign donations and state judges gave Arkansas a grade of "F."

State justices respond to donation questions

posted: 01/26/2016 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Five of the seven Arkansas Supreme Court justices answered questions or issued statements regarding their campaign donations and court decisions.

CASH & THE COURT PART II: Top donors net big wins

posted: 01/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

On June 27, 2013, the Arkansas Supreme Court handed down welcome news to a certain group of class-action law firms. The state's highest court unanimously reversed and remanded a decision from Washington County Circuit Court in a lawsuit involving Internet privacy against the TV Guide company.

CASH & THE COURT PART I: 6 law firms top donations list

posted: 01/24/2016 4:55 a.m. Comments 5

First in a series - High-profile class-action lawyer John Goodson, his Texarkana law firm and five law firms headquartered outside Arkansas rank among the biggest campaign donors to state Supreme Court justices, an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analysis of public records shows.

Attorneys say acted 'properly' in lawsuit

posted: 01/15/2016 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Texarkana attorney John Goodson and a dozen more plaintiffs' lawyers say they acted "properly and ethically at all times" in a class-action lawsuit in which a federal judge has ordered them to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned.

Attorneys ordered to hearing on court-shopping concerns

posted: 01/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Texarkana attorney John Goodson and more than a dozen other lawyers have been ordered to appear before a federal judge in Fort Smith to answer allegations that they shopped for court venues to benefit themselves.

Nonprofit loses immunity ruling in patient death

posted: 09/18/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday sent a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Pine Bluff nursing home back to Circuit Court for trial, saying the lower court judge shouldn't have granted Davis Life Care Center's request for immunity as a charity.

Nonprofit loses immunity ruling in patient death

posted: 09/17/2015 5:04 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday sent a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Pine Bluff nursing home back to Circuit Court for trial, saying the lower court judge shouldn't have granted Davis Life Care Center's request for immunity as a charity.

UA trustee to open D.C. lobbying firm

posted: 08/01/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

University of Arkansas trustee and high-profile class-action lawyer John Goodson of Texarkana plans to open a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., within the next six months, Goodson said Friday.

Marriage forms get 'Mr., Ms.' revisions

posted: 06/21/2015 5:01 a.m. Comments 5

"Bride" and "Groom" would be out. So would "Mr." and "Ms."

Internet filing of campaign reports stalls

posted: 03/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- A proposed law that would have made it easier for Arkansans to see who's giving campaign money to the state's highest elected officials appears stalled as the General Assembly winds down this week.

'Dark money' bill fails in voice vote

updated: 03/23/2015 11:17 p.m. Discuss

A proposed bill to reveal the names of individual donors to so-called "dark-money" political campaign ads -- like those that drew criticism in the final weeks of an Arkansas Supreme Court race last year -- failed in a voice vote Monday in a state House committee.

More than 24 bills seek to limit open-records law

updated: 03/19/2015 3:49 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas legislators are considering more than two dozen proposed laws that would limit the state's traditionally strong Freedom of Information Act, which opens most government meetings and records to public access.

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