Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Wyatt Jr. Thursday issued a summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit arguing that
The suit was brought by the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission, the city of North Little Rock and “all others similarly situated.’
Wyatt ruled in favor of the cities when considering competing motions for summary judgment.
Having decided on liability, Wyatt said the case now continues to the question of damages. He appointed Jim Tilley, a Little Rock lawyer, to work as a mediator to attempt to reach an agreement on damages. The defendants could appeal his ruling on liability. The case has been working through the courts since 2009. The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a class action certification in 2013, which allowed the case to go to trial on liability.
This case is one of
Judge Wyatt’s decision also explicitly rejected an opinion by the state Finance and Administration Department that the