Showing posts from April, 2020

The Arkansas Supreme Court Issues Updated Response to COVID-19

The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued an updated response to COVID-19 with per curium opinion 2020 Ark. 164 .  Pursuant to this new order, the Arkansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the following litigation service and response dates: Ark. R. Civ. P. 4(i) (Time for Service of Complaint),  Ark. R. Civ. P  33(b) (Time to Respond to Interrogatories),  Ark. R. Civ. P  34(b) (Time to Respond to Requests for Production of Documents),  Ark. R. Civ. P  36(a) (Time to Respond to Requests for Admission), and  Ark. Dist. Ct. R. 3 (Time for Service of Complaint).  The Court did not address any other deadlines.  It is very important for litigants to understand that despite this suspension on certain service and response times, because the courts remain open, statutes of limitation on new filings have not been tolled. Plaintiffs should remain diligent in pursuit of filing new claims.  Also, the Supreme Court's order is silent on effective date.  It is presumed th

Covid-19 Presents New Legal Challenges and Unique Opportunities for Arkansas Citizens and Businesses

Covid-19 Presents New Legal Challenges and Unique Opportunities for Arkansas Citizens and Businesses Without question, everyone's life has been effected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.  So much has changed over the last 30 days, and since little is still known about the coronavirus that has sickened so many, including how it spreads, and how it can be mitigated, governmental guidance has been a swift-moving target.  Individuals and business owners have been forced to navigate social norms and laws that seem to change every day. My legal practice is a small business, so believe me, I understand. The coronavirus has altered the way we conduct our business at Daily & Woods  and has expanded the scope of our practice.  This post will touch on some of the changes we have seen, and while there have certainly been challenges, we have also seen how the new laws have provided our clients with some good opportunities in a variety of substantive legal areas.  Legal Serv