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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Arkansas Law Notes

Insurance Law

Shannon v. Wilson and the Arkansas Dramshop Act of 1999

On January 28, 1995 two young men (both age thirteen) were passengers in a Ford pickup truck driven by another young man age sixteen. The three of them drove up to a drive through window of a liquor store in Fayetteville, Arkansas and purchased a six pack of beer as well as a six pack of malt liquor. They were not asked to provide any proof of age. Sometime later the party stopped at a pool hall in St. Paul, where the sixteen year old exited the vehicle. The remaining boys stayed in the vehicle drinking the rest of the liquor. Eventually they departed. Shortly after 9:00 PM the Arkansas State Police were notified of an accident in Madison County. Upon their arrival at the scene they observed a pickup truck which had left the road, hit a fence, a telephone pole, and finally came to rest after hitting a tree. The two occupants were pronounced dead on the scene.

Insurance, Misrepresentation, Causation, and Statutory Rescission

Arkansas’s rescission statute, Arkansas Code Annotated § 23-79-107, codifies misrepresentation law and is relevant to applications for life or health insurance. Section 23-79-107 becomes an issue when a policy holder of a life or health insurance policy makes a claim for benefits. The carrier engages […]

Further Thoughts About Insurance Misrepresentation Cases

The task of undertaking to draft jury instructions for a statutory cause of action or defense, and thus the need to articulate elements and consider their application, can highlight questions latent in the statutory text and interpretive case law. This point certainly […]

Mouse II: Public Policy Issues in Arkansas Insurance Law

This set of annotations was developed in the context of an insurance survey course taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law in the spring of 2008. The course enrollment was capped at 32 students; 16 volunteered to participate in “the Mouse […]

Nonprofit Risk; Nonprofit Insurance

Volunteerism provides an outlet for talented individuals to give back to the community. One potential impediment to volunteer activity, however, is the potential for legal liability.  Two primary areas of concern include 1) the vulnerability of the nonprofit organization itself, and 2) the status and potential […]