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.).
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.
PPGMR Law is pleased to announce U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has recognized seven of its practice areas in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" ranking. PPGMR received a Tier 1 rating in Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental, and Oil & Gas Law; Tier 2 rating in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation; and Tier 3 rating in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" recognizes firms for their professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
PPGMR Law welcomes Jessica Fontenot to its Little Rock team. Prior to joining PPGMR Law, Fontenot served as a law clerk for the Association of Arkansas Counties. She graduated cum laude from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she served as associate editor of the UA Little Rock Law Review and president of the Hispanic Law Students Association. A William H. Bowen Scholar and recipient of the Bowen Fellowship, she also received the top paper award in criminal law and legislative drafting. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Harding University.
U.S. EPA Proposes NSPS Rule Changes for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry In response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” section 1(c) (March 28, 2017), EPA reviewed the 2012 and 2016 rules for new source performance standards (NSPS) and national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that apply to the oil and natural gas industry. On October 1, 2019, EPA proposed amendments to the rules for certain provisions that it determined were inappropriate or redundant. Proposed changes include a 2-part “Primary Proposal” and an “Alternative Proposal.” EPA is accepting public comments on the proposed amendments through November 25, 2019.