In 2009, Sanford Law Firm secured a verdict in excess of $6.9 million for a corporate client in the Circuit Court of Pope County, Arkansas. A complex case with multiple defendants, the claims included multiple counts of breach of contract; breach of duty of good faith; breach of fiduciary duty; tortious interference with business contract and business expectancy; fraud; conversion; trespass to personal property; misappropriation; unjust enrichment; and civil conspiracy.
In 2012, Josh Sanford and others secured a $32,000 settlement for a Sharp County, Arkansas, bar manager who had been misclassified by her employer as "exempt" from the overtime requirements of the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers do this so that they can work the employee more hours but not pay additional money. This is an all-too-common apporach to "cost savings" by employers. It is illegal unless the employee fits into some narrow categories of applicable exemptions to the overtime requirements. Collectively, cases filed by the Sanford Law Firm since 2009 have resulted in more than $9,000,000 in settlement money for wage and hour violations for more than 300 clients.
In 2010 and 2011, Sanford Law Firm represented three members of a four person limited liability company during the disputed and contentious dissolution lawsuit. After several hearings, we secured a judgement for our clients in excess of $300,000.
In 2009, Sanford Law Firm appealed an adverse ruling regarding interest on unpaid back child support. The Court of Appeals affirmed that interest must be included and paid on back child support, with a final judgement in favor of our client three times the amount of original support due.
In 2008, Sanford Law Firm presented an unusual question to the State's highest court--whether the parent of a child can use an adoption to terminate parental rights of the other parent. The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the right of parents to adopt their own children. (pdf link) ; (pdf link) Representing a mother in one case and a father in another, we successfully appealed both simultaneously.
In 2011, SLF attorney Vanessa Kinney secured a ruling from the Arkansas Court of Appeals protecting and enhancing a father's visitation rights. There is now clear case law in Arkansas that requires that non-custodial parents who live far away from their children receive a visitation schedule that is suited to the great distance between the parents.
In defending against the collection of an allegedly overdue credit card debt, Mr. Sanford and Ms. Kinney effectively persuaded the Arkansas Court of Appeals to reaffirm and apply the procedural rules and the case law that prohibit debt collectors from suing individuals without complying with requirements that control how lawsuits are served: that the collection attorney must properly identify himself and state the nature of the summons—that it comes from the State of Arkansas. The opinion reversed and set aside the judgment that had been unlawfully entered against the Firm’s client. The Court of Appeals went even further and agreed with the Firm’s argument that the lawsuit was served by the wrong person and on the wrong person. The Firm is proud that is has the resources and the desire to take a case that other firms might consider to be a small case and argue it all the way to the Arkansas Court of Appeals—and win the case for the client. At the Sanford Law Firm, the client comes first. In 2009 and 2010, Sanford Law Firm spent over a year fighting back against a debt collection law firm in Arkansas. Without pay of any kind, SLF took the debt collection law firm to the Arkansas Supreme Court, but unfortunately the high court ruled in favor of the debt collection attorneys. Not every case can be a winner. However, we are proud to say that we put up a fight. You can read the case here. And since that time another court has already used the original case as a basis to rule in our favor in another case. You can read that case here.
In 2007, Sanford Law Firm proudly presented this case on appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Having been deprived of his home in violation of statutory law, the Supreme Court reversed the trial court, restoring the client to ownership of his home.
This decision is a point of particular pride for attorneys Vanessa Kinney and Josh Sanford because it represents, in the view of the Firm, a victory of substance over form. The Firm’s client was sued for a credit card debt that was allegedly owed to a company that regularly buys debts from credit card companies. During the course of the jury trial, Mr. Sanford made numerous objections to the Court, and a detailed argument to the jury, that the evidence that was presented by the collection company was insufficient and didn’t prove what the collection attorney claimed that it proved. When the case had to be appealed, the Arkansas Court of Appeals once again agreed with the argument of the Sanford Law Firm: debt collectors must actually be able to prove their cases with facts rather than mere assumptions and innuendo. This case also represents a collaborative effort with the Firm’s client to win the case. Ms. Harp wanted to be actively involved in the defense of the case, and the Firm was able to utilize her assistance to obtain yet another victory at the appellate level.
In 2010, Sanford Law Firm secured a judgment for its client for unpaid child support in the amount of $100,000.00. In this instance, Sanford Law Firm represented a 21 year old who sought to collect child support his father had not paid.
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