John T. Jones Construction Co. v. City of Grand Forks

20020195 John T. Jones Construction Co., Plaintiff, Appellant
and Cross-Appellee
v.
City of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Defendant, Appellee
and Cross-Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, Northeast Central Judicial District, Grand Forks County
Judge Lawrence E. Jahnke
Nature of Action: Contracts
Counsel:
Appellant: Olson, Juntunen & Sandberg, Ltd.
Appellant: Lawyer not licensed in N.D.
Appellee: Howard D. Swanson , City Attorney
Appellee: Pearson Christensen & Clapp, PLLP
Appellant: Lawyer not licensed in N.D.
Appellant: Michael Francis Daley
Term: 03/2003   Argument: 03/31/2003  2:45pm
ND cite: 2003 ND 109
NW cite: 665 N.W.2d 698

Listen to recording of oral argument in MP3 format

Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. In addressing the Type II differing site conditions claim, did the Arbitrator err as a matter of law by holding that John T. Jones Construction Company could not establish that it encountered a differing site condition based upon the Arbitrator's determination that the unanticipated behavior of a known material does not give rise to a Type II differing site condition?
2. Did the Arbitrator err as a matter of law by holding that John T. Jones Construction Company did not provide evidence sufficient to prove a Type II differing site condition?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
1. Whether the Arbitrator's finding that the plaintiff/appellant-cross appellee John T. Jones Construction Company ("JTJ") had not met its "heavy burden" of establishing a Type II differing site condition claim is clearly erroneous.
2. Whether JTJ's differing site condition claim is precluded by JTJ's breach of contract with the defendant/appellee-cross appellant City of Grand Forks ("City") by failing to obtain and implement an OSHA evacuation plan prepared by a professional engineer.
3. Whether JTJ's differing site condition claim is precluded by JTJ's breach of contract with the City by failure to present its claim within the time frame and in the manner required by the contract.
4. Whether the City is entitled to recover its costs, expenses, engineer's fees and attorney's fees incurred as a result of JTJ's breach of contract.

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Docket entries:
107/30/2002 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 07/26/2002
207/30/2002 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 07/26/2002
308/05/2002 NOTICE OF CROSS APPEAL (filed in trial court on 8-2-02)
408/14/2002 RECORD ON APPEAL (Not rec'd: Entry Nos. 55-66 -- 12 Arbitration Hearing Video Tapes)
509/11/2002 SUPPLEMENTAL CLERK'S CERTIFICATE OF RECORD (ENTRIES 71 THRU 77)
609/12/2002 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT
709/12/2002 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT (MTR). Granted: 10/25/2002
810/25/2002 Transcripts dated 11-26-01, 11-27-01, 11-28-01, 11-29-01, 11-30-01, & 12-3-01 (6 vols.)
910/25/2002 Supplemental Clerk's Certificate dated 10-24-02 (Entry Nos. 78-145A)
1010/28/2002 DISK - (TRA) (11-26-01, 11-27-01, 11-28-01, 11-29-01, 11-30-01, & 12-03-01)(3 disks)
1110/28/2002 TRANSCRIPTs DATED 12-4-01 & 12-5-01 (2 vols.)
1210/29/2002 DISK (TRA) (12-4-01 & 12-5-01)
1311/04/2002 MOTION FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE (Affidavit of Thomas R. Olson, w/copy of letter dated 10-31-02)
1411/04/2002 ACTION BY CLERK (under N.D.R.Ct. 11.1, cont. apperance in this appeal is authorized). Granted
1511/04/2002 MOTION FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE (Affidavit of Brian J. Wisdorf, w/copy of letter dated 10-31-02)
1611/04/2002 ACTION BY CLERK (under N.D.R.Ct. 11.1, cont. appearance in this appeal is authorized). Granted
1711/06/2002 Affidavits of Service for transcripts
1812/06/2002 APPELLANT BRIEF
1912/06/2002 APPELLANT APPENDIX
2012/11/2002 DISK - ATB e-mailed
2112/27/2002 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF & Affidavit in Support
2212/27/2002 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 01/21/2003
2301/16/2003 MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM RULE 28(G) N.D.R.APP.P. (WORD LIMITATION) (faxed copy)
2401/16/2003 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (3,000 ADDITIONAL WORDS FOR AEB). Granted
2501/20/2003 Original Motion for Relief from Rule 28(g), N.D.R.App.Proc. (Word Limitation)(same as faxed copy)
2601/21/2003 APPELLEE BRIEF
2701/21/2003 Addendum to Appellee's Brief
2801/21/2003 APPELLEE APPENDIX
2901/22/2003 DISK - AEB
3002/07/2003 REPLY BRIEF of Appellant/Cross-Appellee John T. Jones
3102/09/2003 DISK of RYB (Appellant John T. Jones)
3202/24/2003 REPLY BRIEF of Appellee-Cross Appellant City of Grand Forks
3302/24/2003 DISK of RYB (Appellee City of Grand Forks)
3403/31/2003 APPEARANCES: Thomas R. Olson, Michael F. Daley; Ronald F. Fischer, Howard D. Swanson
3503/31/2003 ARGUED: Olson; Fischer (Vol. Y; Page 103)
3603/31/2003 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
3707/16/2003 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
3807/16/2003 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Neumann, William A.
3907/16/2003 No costs will be taxed on this appeal
4007/17/2003 Order/Judgment Mailed to Parties
4107/29/2003 PETITION FOR REHEARING
4207/29/2003 DISK - PER
4308/20/2003 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (PER). Denied
4408/28/2003 MANDATE
4509/04/2003 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
4609/05/2008 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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