Hoffner v. Johnson

20020208 Monte L. Hoffner and
Kris Hoffner, Plaintiffs and Appellants
v.
George M. Johnson, M.D.
and Fargo Clinic/MeritCare, Defendants and Appellees

Appeal from: District Court, East Central Judicial District, Cass County
Judge Lester Ketterling
Nature of Action: Malpractice
Counsel:
Appellant: Smith Bakke Porsborg Schweigert & Armstrong
Appellant: Lee R. Bissonette
Appellee: Vogel Law Firm
Term: 11/2002   Argument: 11/21/2002  10:45am
ND cite: 2003 ND 79
NW cite: 660 N.W.2d 909

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1) There are factual issues in dispute as to whether Dr. Johnson should be equitably estopped from asserting the statute of limitations as a defense
2) There are factual issues in dispute as to whether there was a continuing course of treatment which would not trigger the 2-year statute of limitation period until December 27, 1999
3) There are genuine issues of material fact concerning whether the plaintiff knew, or reasonably should have known, of his injury, the cause, and the defendants' possible negligence before December 27, 1999
4) Whether the North Dakota medical malpractice 6-year statute of repose violates North Dakota's constitutional equal protection guarantee

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Docket entries:
108/09/2002 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 08/07/2002
209/09/2002 RECORD ON APPEAL (w/exception of Clerk's Cert. No. 27 - Tape)
309/09/2002 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning
409/13/2002 APPELLANT BRIEF
509/13/2002 APPELLANT APPENDIX
609/19/2002 Original signature page, corrected TOA & pages for ATB. Corrected TOC & docket sheets for ATA
709/19/2002 DISK - ATB
810/14/2002 APPELLEE BRIEF
910/15/2002 DISK - AEB
1010/18/2002 Ltr from Douglas A. Bahr, AG's Office, dtd 10-17-02, stating they will not be filing a separate
1110/18/2002 brief in regard to constitutionality issue.
1210/29/2002 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Schmalenberger, Allan L.
1310/30/2002 REPLY BRIEF
1410/31/2002 DISK - RYB
1511/21/2002 APPEARANCES: Lee R. Bissonette, Scott K. Porsborg, Crystal Hoffner; Angela E. Lord
1611/21/2002 ARGUED: Bissonette; Lord (Vol. Y; Page 57)
1711/21/2002 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
1811/25/2002 MOTION TO SUBSTITUTE PARTIES
1912/06/2002 Opposition to Appellants' Motion to Substitute Parties (Part of Motion to Dismiss)
2012/06/2002 MOTION TO DISMISS (part of Opposition to Appellants' Motion to Substitute Parties)
2112/13/2002 APPELLANT'S BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO DISMISS (to be considered w/the merits)
2212/19/2002 Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss
2305/12/2003 NO ACTION TAKEN (Motion to Dismiss)
2405/12/2003 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Motion to Substitute Parties). Denied
2505/12/2003 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
2605/12/2003 SPLIT OPINION: VandeWalle, Gerald W.
2705/12/2003 (DISSENT): Maring, Mary Muehlen: DISSENT
2805/12/2003 (JOIN DISSENT): Neumann, William A.: JN/DIS
2905/12/2003 COSTS ON APPEAL TAXED IN FAVOR OF APPELLEE
3005/13/2003 Judgment Mailed to Parties
3106/05/2003 MANDATE
3206/10/2003 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
3308/11/2008 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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