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Summer Sandlot Program Sponsored by McMath Woods

Published on Aug 11, 2018 at 3:56 am in Uncategorized.

Summer Sandlot participants and family members enjoy a movie at Junior Deputy to end the season.

Math Woods P.A. proudly sponsored Junior Deputy Baseball’s annual Summer Sandlot program that ran throughout the months of June and July.  The program, open to all JD players, friends, and first-time players, taught the 7-12 year-old participants new techniques and hosted a classic game of baseball without umpires each night. Players and their families gathered on the field for a movie night to end the Summer Sandlot season. Each player received a Summer Sandlot t-shirt sponsored by McMath Woods.  Registration is now open through August 24 for Junior Deputy fall league baseball.

A Price on Life

Published on Jul 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm in Wrongful Death.

How much is your life worth? In November, Arkansans will have the opportunity to cast a vote that will determine whether an arbitrary price tag is placed on the value of their lives.

Issue 1, which will appear on statewide ballots in Arkansas on November 6th, is an amendment which proposes to cap Arkansans’ loss of life damages at $500,000, regardless of the wrongdoer’s conduct.  If Issue 1 passes, citizen juries would not be allowed to enter a verdict of more than $500,000 for the loss of life damages of a child, a stay at home mother, or an elderly nursing home resident.

 All life is precious.  All lives are valuable.  All lives are worth more than $500,000. Protect the value of your life and the right for local juries to make their own decisions. Vote No on Issue 1.

McMath Partners Selected as 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

Published on Jul 19, 2018 at 4:07 pm in Partners.

Super Lawyers announced their annual list of Mid-South Super Lawyers that will appear in the 2018 Super Lawyers Magazine.  Six partners from McMath Woods P.A. have again been selected to appear on the list, Will Bond, Neil Chamberlin, John D. Coulter, Samuel E. Ledbetter, Bruce McMath and Carter C. Stein.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than various practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.

ATLA Elects New Leadership; Stein Elected Secretary-Treasurer

Published on Jul 17, 2018 at 7:06 pm in Partners, Uncategorized.

Members of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) recently voted the organization’s 2018-2019 Board of Governors into leadership. Carter C. Stein, McMath Managing Partner, was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Stein will serve in the Secretary-Treasurer position for one year, and support the Board’s goal of strengthening the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety, and specifically to preserve the right to trial by jury. ATLA, incorporated in 1963, is a statewide voice for consumers. The organization’s 750 members are committed to improving the quality of legal representation for Arkansas families by providing high quality legal education and by keeping abreast of legislative and judicial activities.

Stein’s litigation practice focuses on injury and wrongful death. Stein has been an active member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association since joining the bar. He has served on the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors since 2008 and was named the 2010 Outstanding Member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Division. Stein graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2000 with a B.A. in History. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2003.

McMath’s Carter Stein Featured in Arkansas Democrat Gazette for Commitment to Junior Deputy Baseball

Published on Jul 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm in Junior Deputy, Stein, Uncategorized, Volunteer.

Carter C. Stein, Managing Partner of McMath Woods, PA, was featured in the July 1 edition of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for his dedication and active roles within Little Rock’s Junior Deputy Baseball program. The article, Volunteer Throws Support Behind Junior Deputy Ball, highlights Stein’s history with the program from his childhood to his involvement now as a board member, coach and parent. Junior Deputy Baseball serves more than 1,000 children, ranging in age from 4 to 15, and multiple leagues.

Stein’s litigation practice focuses on injury and wrongful death. Stein has been an active member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association since joining the bar. He has served on the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors since 2008 and was named the 2010 Outstanding Member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Division. Stein graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2000 with a B.A. in History. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2003.

Verdict Ruled for McMath Client; $1.6M Not Owed

Published on Jul 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm in Employment Law, Uncategorized.

MidCon Gathering LLC, represented by McMath Woods PA’s John D. Coulter and Preston T. Kamin of Gray Reed & McGraw LLP, received a defense verdict in a suit after Stephen Carleson and his company, Producers Credit Protection Group, Inc., alleged he developed a credit facility for the company but wasn’t paid $1.6 million he was owed. U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division ruled that he didn’t have the necessary insurance license to carry out the deal.

It was ruled that the “credit facility” Carleson and his company, helped develop acted as a “credit insurance policy” issued by a third party for MidCon’s benefit. However, Carleson does not have a license to sell insurance in Arkansas. This resulted in a fatal problem.

Safety Town Teaches Students Safety for Life; McMath Sponsors Community Program

Published on Jun 20, 2018 at 10:26 pm in Uncategorized.

On Friday, June 15, 2018, approximately 200 children within the Little Rock community graduated from Safety Town, a fun five-day safety awareness program designed for rising kindergartners. Through the use of music, crafts, movies, books, community speakers and a child-sized town, the curriculum focuses on basic safety lessons that the children use for the rest of their lives.  McMath Woods P.A. was again a proud lead sponsor of this vital community program.  In addition to providing volunteers throughout the week, McMath Woods P.A. took an active role in adding a distracted driving component to the curriculum, and for each graduate, donated a CD of 22 safety songs written and produced by Brian Kinder.

“We are grateful to Mayor Wendy Saer for her dedication to this outstanding program and for creatively incorporating distracted driving into the week’s curriculum. Now with technology at everyone’s fingertips and the number of automobile catastrophes due to cell phone usage drastically increasing, it’s imperative that children understand the concept of distracted driving. Our hope is that if they are aware, then they can remind parents that a phone call or text isn’t more important than their safety. And, of course, one day when they are old enough to drive, we hope they remember the valuable lessons learned at Safety Town,” says Carter Stein, McMath Woods Managing Partner.

Safety Town has been an annual program in Central Arkansas and operated solely by volunteers since 1984.

JUDGMENT OF MORE THAN $17 MILLION ENTERED IN TRAGIC DEATH OF LE YANG DUE TO DELAYED CITY OF LITTLE ROCK 911 RESPONSE

Published on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:18 pm in Little Rock 911.

The estate of Le Yang, who died at age 7 on January 19, 2015, from injuries suffered in a January 14, 2013, drowning incident following a delayed emergency response, has been awarded a judgment of $17,627,638.04 against Candance Middleton, the former City of Little Rock 911 call taker who mishandled the 911 call.
On January 14, 2013, Jinglei Yi, and her then five-year-old son Le Yang, were driving to Le’s preschool when her SUV hit a patch of black ice near the intersection of Capitol Hill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue/Rushmore Avenue in Little Rock. Jinglei’s SUV left the roadway and ended up in a pond just south of Capitol Hill Boulevard. Jinglei called 911 and was told by Candace Middleton, a City of Little Rock 911 Call Taker, that help was on the way. Middleton dispatched MEMS to the scene. When MEMS arrived at the scene, it was discovered that Middleton had failed to dispatch police and fire department water rescue. Approximately 55 minutes passed from the time Jinglei called 911 until Le was pulled from the submerged SUV. Jinglei died later that morning. Le lived for two years before dying from his drowning related injuries.

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