John H. Bayird, as Administrator for the Estate of Mamie Elliott, deceased v. William Floyd, 2009 Ark. LEXIS 615 (Oct. 1, 2009)

  • By Master Account
  • 03 May, 2016

In this case of first impression, the firm successfully defended the former CEO of a national nursing home corporation against claims that the CEO was personally liable for injuries sustained by a nursing home resident as a result of allegedly deficient care. The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the claims on summary judgment. The Court applied the general tort principle that a corporate officer or director can be held personally liable only if personally involved in the tortious conduct giving rise to the damages claimed. The defense team included   Teresa Wineland   ,   Jess Askew III   , and   Stephen Hester   .

Opinion of the Arkansas Supreme Court 

By Staff Writer 06 Jun, 2017

Williams & Anderson PLC has been ranked in the   2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers®   "Best Law Firms" list   and   regionally in 19 practice areas .

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By Staff Writer 15 Feb, 2017
 House Bill 1222, The Arkansas Parental Empowerment For Education Choice Act of 2017, if enacted, would allow eligible nonprofit organizations to establish education savings accounts to pay for private school tuition and related expenses. Funds would not be available to public school students. The savings accounts would be funded by businesses and individuals who would receive a tax credit for 100% of each contribution as long as the credits did not exceed 50% of their total taxes due.

 The Act states that nonprofit organizations managing the education savings accounts cannot discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability. However, nothing in the Act requires private schools attended by students receiving the funds to educate all children or to provide special education services, as traditional and charter public schools are required to do. Private schools could maintain their existing enrollment requirements.

 Similar laws in other states have been criticized as benefiting students from middle and high income families at the expense of disadvantaged students. Although the Act provides that the percentage of low-income students (measured by eligibility for free or reduced price meals) who receive the savings accounts should at least equal the percentage of low-income students in public schools, it is unclear how that would be accomplished.

 Critics also claim that education savings accounts indirectly reduce funding for public schools without improving education outcomes. The programs are funded by private donations, but tax credits affect a state’s budget and critics link the implementation of education savings account programs to decreases in public school funding. In response, defenders point to tax credit limits. Under House Bill 1222, total tax credits would be capped at $10,000,000 in the 2017 tax year.

 Proponents of the proposed law argue that it enables families to determine where a child attends school, regardless of cost, and that the bill allows the use of money for services and expenses beyond private school tuition. The bill was introduced by Representative Jim Dotson and is currently in the House Education Committee.
By Staff Writer 23 Dec, 2016

The Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel recently heard the charter renewal applications of open-enrollment public charter schools Little Rock Preparatory Academy , managed by Exalt Education , and LISA Academy . The Panel approved both, recommending that LRPA ’s charter be renewed for three years and LISA ’s for thirteen years, which is the longest charter ever granted in Arkansas. The Panel’s recommendations will go before the Arkansas Board of Education in January.

Exalt Education and LISA Academy are clients of Williams & Anderson PLC. We are proud to work with these organizations, which provide dynamic resource-rich learning environments in partnership with students, their families and the community.

By Staff Writer 18 Nov, 2016
Bonnie Johnson attended the ribbon cutting ceremony held by public charter school LISA Academy on November 15 for its newest campus, LISA Academy Chenal Elementary, in West Little Rock.  The ribbon cutting event included a tour of the school, which comprised of science demonstrations by students and a viewing of the school vegetable garden. The new campus serves 540 students in grades K-6.  Ms. Johnson is pleased to represent LISA Academy in their various legal needs.

Williams & Anderson has represented the LISA Foundation since 2013. 

By Staff Writer 16 Nov, 2016
We are pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney, Heather G. Zachary, to Williams & Anderson PLC.  Ms. Zachary was admitted to Arkansas bar 2004. She attended Hendrix College (B.A., 2001) and Georgetown University (J.D., 2004). She served as a law clerk to Honorable Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber, Arkansas Supreme Court, 2004-2006 and Honorable Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson, Arkansas Supreme Court, 2014-2016. Ms. Zachary practices primarily in the areas of appellate law, environmental law, and business litigation. She has represented clients before the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she teaches Moot Court.  
By Master Account 03 May, 2016

Harold J. Evans   &  Andrew King   ,   The Arkansas Lawyer   , Vol 45 No 2, Spring 2010

Given the growing use of Internet weblogs (blogs), social networking sites, and message boards, it is inevitable that Arkansas lawyers will be called upon to resolve disputes that arise from information placed online. Internet communications can give rise to a variety of causes of action, including copyright and trademark infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy or the right to publicity, breach of contract, and tortious interference. Many of these cases will be resolved by an application of familiar legal principles to the electronic medium. Other cases, such as those involving intellectual property and anonymous Internet users, will require some knowledge of principles unique to the online world.

For the most part, a well-developed body of law governs the protection of intellectual property online. Less developed is how to protect victims of “cybersmears”—tortious attacks by anonymous Internet users. Drawing from federal statutes and cases decided in other jurisdictions, this article will outline what Arkansas lawyers should know to protect their clients from anonymous online attacks (cybersmears) and intellectual property theft (cybersteals).

Click here to download full article in PDF format   .

By Master Account 03 May, 2016
The Legal Guide for Arkansas Nonprofit and Volunteer Organizations Second Edition, by Bonnie J. Johnson is a manual exploring legal issues that pertain specifically to nonprofit organizations. The Guide explains how to establish a nonprofit, discusses the liability of nonprofit board members and other volunteers, and describes ways that nonprofit managers can limit and manage risk. This book was made possible by a partnership between Williams & Anderson PLC, the Department of Human Services Division of Volunteerism and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

Bonnie J. Johnson is an attorney at Williams & Anderson PLC practicing in the areas of litigation, appellate, employment and nonprofit law. Before joining the Arkansas Bar, Ms. Johnson worked for twenty-five years with nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.
By Master Account 03 May, 2016

In this case of first impression, the firm successfully defended the former CEO of a national nursing home corporation against claims that the CEO was personally liable for injuries sustained by a nursing home resident as a result of allegedly deficient care. The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the claims on summary judgment. The Court applied the general tort principle that a corporate officer or director can be held personally liable only if personally involved in the tortious conduct giving rise to the damages claimed. The defense team included   Teresa Wineland   ,   Jess Askew III   , and   Stephen Hester   .

Opinion of the Arkansas Supreme Court 

By Master Account 03 May, 2016
Alison Dennington and David Menz , Arkansas Rural Water Association WATERINSIGHT, Fall 2007.

It is often said that Arkansas has abundant sources and quantities of water, but even in areas where there are sufficient quantities of water, distribution to rural areas can be costly and difficult for a number of reasons. Municipalities traditionally supply what most consider basic services–water, sewer, and fire protections. These services are not available for many rural residents who live outside the city limits. Water and sewer utilities enjoy scale economies, so delivery of basic water service to widely scattered rural residents is far more expensive per capita than such services is for urban residents.

Click here to download full article in PDF format .
By Master Account 03 May, 2016

The Arkansas Supreme Court granted certiorari to require litigants to pay fair market value for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s copyrighted photographs, reversing the trial court’s order requiring production of the photographs through a subpoena. We represented the Democrat-Gazette in this Petition.

Brief of Petitioner

Reply Brief of Petitioner

Opinion of Arkansas Supreme Court

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