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Law­suit filed over LR club shoot­ing that in­jured 28

LITTLE ROCK — One of

28 peo­ple in­jured when gun­fire erupted dur­ing a con­cert at a Little Rock night­club on Tues­day sued the club’s man­ager and the owner of the build­ing where it oc­curred.

An at­tor­ney for Pa­trick Hardy filed the law­suit in Pu­laski County Cir­cuit Court against Her­man Lewis. Lewis man­ages the Power Ul­tra Lounge where the July 1 shoot­ing oc­curred dur­ing a per­for­mance by Ricky Hamp­ton, a rap­per who goes by the name

Fi­nese2Tymes. The law­suit also names 6th and Cen­ter LLC, which owns the build­ing where the shoot­ing oc­curred.

The law­suit ac­cuses Lewis and the build­ing’s own­ers of neg­li­gence by al­low­ing the club to op­er­ate de­spite mul­ti­ple po­lice in­ci­dents. Hardy was shot and jumped from the sec­ond

the sec­ond floor to es­cape the gun­fire, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit. Josh Gil­lispie, Hardy’s at­tor­ney, said in a state­ment the 29-year-old missed weeks of work re­cov­er­ing from the shoot­ing and suf­fers emotional dis­tress from it.

An at­tor­ney for Lewis did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment Tues­day af­ter­noon, while 6th and Cen­ter LLC de­clined to com­ment on the law­suit. The club was evicted from the build­ing fol­low­ing the shoot­ing.

Twenty-five peo­ple were shot when gun­fire erupted at the club, and three were in­jured try­ing to es­cape. Ken­trell Gwynn, Hamp­ton’s body­guard, was charged ear­lier this month with 10 counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault in the shoot­ing. Po­lice have said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case is on­go­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor: Fort Smith of­fi­cials vi­o­lated FOIA

FORT SMITH — A pros­e­cu­tor says of­fi­cials of a western Arkansas city vi­o­lated the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act by dis­cussing city busi­ness in emails.

Pros­e­cu­tor Dan Shue said in a letter to the Fort Smith Board of Di­rec­tors that the pub­lic should be privy to all board dis­cus­sions. The letter doesn’t say if Shue in­tends to pros­e­cute.

The South­west Times Record re­ports that at­tor­ney Joey McCutchen filed two FOIA law­suits on be­half of a res­i­dent. One is against the city, and the other is against City Di­rec­tors Keith Lau, An­dre Good and Mike Lorenz.

The law­suits al­lege that emails di­rec­tors ex­changed dis­cussing city busi­ness amounted to an un­law­ful meet­ing. The law­suits ask the court to stop di­rec­tors from con­duct­ing busi­ness out of pub­lic view.

Lau and Lorenz have said the law isn’t clear about what de­fines a for­mal meet­ing.

More pay­ments or­dered in cig­a­rette law­suit

LITTLE ROCK — Ad­di­tional pay­ments have been or­dered to about 9,500 peo­ple who filed claims in a $45 mil­lion set­tle­ment of a law­suit over Marl­boro Lights and Ul­tra-Lights cig­a­rettes.

Those who re­ceived less than $400 be­cause their claims were deemed faulty will re­ceive the dif­fer­ence, up to $300.

The Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ports Pu­laski County Cir­cu­ity Judge Tim Fox or­dered the pay­ments Fri­day af­ter hun­dreds of peo­ple filed ques­tions about how the claims were de­ter­mined to be valid.

Fox said hold­ing hear­ings on each ques­tioned ap­pli­ca­tion could take up to 10 years and cost mil­lions of dol­lars from the fund for those mak­ing the claims.

A to­tal of 20,251 claims were filed with 7,372 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing the min­i­mum $100 and an­other 2,002 re­ceiv­ing less than $400 be­cause their ap­pli­ca­tions were found to be faulty.

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