Adrienne Griffis Sits Down With ABC7 to Discuss Arkansas’ Sovereign Immunity

On January 18, in Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, 2018 Ark. 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to enforce a state employee’s right to be paid for overtime by holding that the employee could not sue the state, even in its capacity as his employer.

On Thursday, Of Counsel Adrienne Griffis spoke with ABC7-KATV on how the decision impacts all Arkansans. She said the Supreme Court has interpreted the constitution essentially a blanket ban on any statute that would allow a lawsuit against the state. [More]

Dover Dixon Horne Mourns the Loss of Allan W. "Dick" Horne

We are sad to report the passing of Dover Dixon Horne name partner Allan W. "Dick" Horne.

Known for his contributions to the insurance industry, early in his long career, Mr. Horne was appointed Insurance Commissioner by Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, a position he held for three years. As Insurance Commissioner, he served on various committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, including Chairman of the Securities Committee. In 1970 he was appointed judge of the Little Rock Municipal Court, a position he held from 1970-1971. He served as principal contact and attorney for the Arkansas Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association, a position he held since the founding of the Association in 1990. [More]

“The King Can Do No Wrong”: Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Citizens' Right to Sue the State

By Adrienne Griffis

Today, in Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, 2018 Ark. 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to enforce a state employee’s right to be paid for overtime by holding that the employee could not sue the state, even in its capacity as his employer. On its face, this case may appear to affect only the tens of thousands of Arkansas citizens employed by hundreds of Arkansas state agencies; however, this Draconian decision unfortunately reaches far beyond the context of employee-employer relationships. If you live or work anywhere in Arkansas, this decision affects your ability to enforce many rights, privileges, and protections guaranteed by Arkansas law. [More]

Column on Dicamba Damage Published in Successful Farming

In November 2017, and reaffirmed in January 2018, the Arkansas State Plant Board voted to restrict the use of new dicamba products, with a few exceptions, from April 16 through October 31. The pesticide is considered volatile because it can convert from a liquid/solid state to a gaseous/vapor state, travel in the air, and cause off-target damage to crops even beyond adjacent fields. [More]