Shackleford, Phillips & Ratcliff, P.A. has joined PPGMR Law, PLLC.

call 501.603.9000 menu

News & Articles

PPGMR’s Amanda Denton Interviewed by Arkansas Business on new Privacy Laws

Amanda Denton was featured in the July 16, 2018 issue of Arkansas Business to address recent changes in foreign privacy regulations, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR), and their impact on local data collection and privacy policies. More recently, California’s legislature has now adopted its own privacy law overhaul, which could have a more immediate effect on compliance efforts for Arkansas companies. According to Denton, there’s a very practical reason behind all of the privacy policy updates that consumers in the U.S. are seeing in their inboxes. U.S. companies, including many tech-based businesses in Arkansas, must adopt new procedures and privacy policies to govern how they handle EU data in order to comply with the EU’s GDPR. But there’s now even more reason to revamp privacy policies, including for companies focused on the domestic market. On the heels of the GDPR’s entry into force, California’s legislature on June 28 adopted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Businesses collecting personal information from Californians must offer new choices to users, including to allow users to prevent the sale or sharing of their data, request records of collected information, and more. It’s clear that major U.S. businesses have already begun offering domestic consumers EU-inspired data protection rights. Emerging businesses setting their sights on foreign and nationwide consumers will not want to be behind the times. U.S. companies can avoid the need to cherry-pick and segregate their data sets according to jurisdiction by adopting a single new policy for all of their data. Contact PPGMR Law to inquire about privacy policy consultations.

PPGMR Successful on Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Case

PPGMR Law recently obtained summary judgment dismissal for firm client Brookshire Grocery Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. PPGMR attorneys Scott Morgan and Molly Shepherd successfully achieved dismissal of all claims in an employment discrimination case brought by a former Brookshire Grocery Company employee. Plaintiff’s causes of action were based upon alleged sex discrimination leading to his termination. In his Complaint, he alleged that he was treated differently than similarly situated employees. In its Order dismissing all claims, the Court held that he failed to establish a prima facie case because he failed to establish a similarly-situated employee who was treated differently than he was.

Supreme Court to Review Reach of Endangered Species Act

On Monday, January 22nd the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an environmental law case that centers on the question of whether the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) allows an agency such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to designate private land as “critical habitat” when it is neither a habitat nor critical.