Arkansas News

Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $7.8M to Settle Arkansas Lawsuit

Court filings show pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle a lawsuit over how the company marketed an antipsychotic drug to Arkansas doctors. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported $2 million will go to a Texas …

Disasters Declared in Arkansas, Texas Following Severe Weather

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in counties hit in recent days by severe weather that’s included tornadoes, thunderstorms and heavy rains that brought flooding. Likewise, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a disaster proclamation for 10 …

5 Dead After Twisters Hit Texas, Arkansas

Emergency responders on May 11 searched through wreckage in parts of the states of Texas and Arkansas after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least five people, including a young couple whose daughter survived. At daybreak, as …

Maumelle, Arkansas Settles Employee Sexual Harassment Case

A $15,000 settlement has been reached in a case between a central Arkansas city and two of its employees over accusations that City Clerk and Treasurer Joshua Clausen sexually harassed them. The payment approved by the Maumelle City Council ends …

Insurer Files Suit against Follower of Imprisoned Arkansas Evangelist

An insurance company is asking a Pulaski County, Ark., judge to declare it has no responsibility to pay court judgments against the homeowners policy of a follower of imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo. The judgments are based on allegations that 71-year-old …

CNA Appoints Cox as Arkansas, Oklahoma Branch VP

Chicago-based CNA announced it has appointed John Cox as vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches. Cox will be responsible for leading both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA’s customers. He will report to Greg Vezzosi, …

Arkansas Plaintiffs Want Order Dismissing Exxon Oil-Spill Lawsuit Vacated

Plaintiffs are urging a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., to vacate his order dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil, claiming the oil giant suppressed evidence in the case. The lawsuit, filed over a 2013 oil spill in a …

Arkansas Workers’ Comp Rates to Drop

The Arkansas Insurance Department announced a decrease in workers’ compensation rates effective July 1, 2015. The overall loss cost decrease in the voluntary market is 2.1 percent, while the overall decrease in rates for the assigned risk is 3 percent. …

Crop Insurance Uncertainty Hindering Arkansas Farmers

Lower commodity prices and uncertainties about new federal crop insurance programs are making it tougher for Arkansas row crop farmers to secure operating loans. Tight cash flow has already struck some growers as the percentage of loans going into state …

Ex-AG Says Arkansas Religious Protection Bill Would Allow Discrimination

Several dozens of people, including former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, gathered in Little Rock to show their distaste for a proposed law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. They oppose the bill prohibiting state and local …