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PPGMR Obtains Appellate Reversal of Circuit Court Finding that Church Property Dispute Was Nonjusticiable

Kimberly D. Logue of PPGMR Law successfully obtained a reversal in the Arkansas Court of Appeals of a circuit court ruling that client First Presbyterian Church of Magnolia’s petition to quiet title in the “true owner” of local church property is nonjusticiable. The church claims that Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) unlawfully declared a trust over local church assets, including real property, through the denomination’s governing documents referred to as the Book of Order. The Columbia County Circuit Court dismissed the petition as nonjusticiable on the grounds that there had been no actual harm to the church and the issue was therefore not ripe. The dismissal was reversed and remanded by the Arkansas Court of Appeals with instruction that the court must apply neutral principles of law and determine whether a valid express or implied trust in favor of the denomination exists and resolve who owns the property.

PPGMR Law Services Continue During Coronavirus Pandemic

Like you, we are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) landscape, and are taking proactive steps to best ensure continued operations and the safety of our people. While we are discouraging non-essential in-person meetings and encouraging remote work in many situations, our attorneys continue to be accessible via email, phone, and video conference. All employees working remotely are equipped to do so in a technologically secure way. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts, but assure you that we are prepared to provide uninterrupted services for our clients during this uncertain time. We are thankful to be part of your team, and will continue to be with you along the way.

PPGMR Defeats Summary Judgment in Antitrust Battle Over Mobile Dial Code Market

January 2020 - Julie Greathouse and Christine Dillard of PPGMR Law, along with co-counsel David Kesselman and Trevor Stockinger of Kesselman Brantley Stockinger LLP, representing plaintiff Sumotext Corp., successfully defeated a motion for summary judgment in a federal antitrust case involving the leasing and servicing of mobile dial codes (often referred to as mobile StarStar numbers). Sumotext contends that defendants Virtual Hold Technology, LLC, StarSteve LLC, VHT StarStar LLC, and Zoove Corp., embarked upon an anticompetitive scheme to restrain trade and monopolize the markets for leasing and servicing of mobile dial codes – in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act. After extensive briefing and oral argument, the district court issued a written order denying in full defendants’ motion for summary judgment on December 20, 2019. Trial is scheduled to commence on February 24, 2020. The case is Sumotext Corp. v. Zoove, Inc., et al., Case No. 5:16-cv-01370-BLF-NMCx (N.D. Cal.).

PPGMR Law's Jamie Fugitt and Julie Greathouse Named in the Arkansas 250

Arkansas Business has selected Jamie Fugitt and Julie D. Greathouse to be included in the 2019 edition of the Arkansas 250. The publication released November 4, 2019 features the top 250 people in Arkansas who are making an impact at the local, regional and state levels. Jamie was selected in the Economic Development category and Julie was selected in the Legal category. PPGMR Law is proud to have Jamie and Julie honored for their achievements and dedication to Arkansas and their community.