Heng v. Rotech Medical Corp.

20050311 Debora Heng, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Rotech Medical Corporation and
PSI Healthcare, Inc., d/b/a
Arrowhealth Medical Supply, Defendants and Appellants

Appeal from: District Court, East Central Judicial District, Cass County
Judge John Charles Irby
Nature of Action: Employer/Employee Dispute
Counsel:
Appellant: #Page Law Firm, LLC
Appellee: Nilles, Plambeck, Selbo & Harrie, Ltd.
Term: 04/2006   Argument: 04/25/2006  2:45pm
ND cite: 2006 ND 176
NW cite: 720 N.W.2d 54

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I.Whether the district court erred as a matter of law when it assigned Rotech the burden of proof on an essential element of Ms. Heng's retaliation claim.
Schumacher v. North Dakota Hosp. Ass'n, 528 N.W.2d 374 (N.D. 1995)
St. Mary's Honor Ctr. v. Hicks, 509 U.S. 502 (1993)
II.Whether the district court clearly erred by awarding judgment against Rotech based solely upon Ms. Heng's prima facie case.
Dahlberg v. Lutheran Soc. Services, 2001 ND 73, 625 N.W.2d 241
Zhuang v. Datacard Corp., 414 F.3d 849 (8th Cir. 2005)
Smith v. Allen Health Systems, Inc., 302 F.3d 827 (8th Cir. 2002)
III.Whether the district court clearly erred by concluding Rotech failed to terminate Ms. Heng for legitimate non-retaliatory reasons.
Schumacher v. North Dakota Hosp. Ass'n, 528 N.W.2d 374 (N.D. 1995)
Smith v. Allen Health Systems, Inc., 302 F.3d 827 (8th Cir. 2002)
Heng v. Rotech Med. Corp., 2004 ND 204, 688 N.W.2d 389
IV.Whether Rotech was prejudiced by the exclusion of deposition testimony offered pursuant to rule 32.
V.Whether the district court awarded Ms. Heng unreasonable attorney's fees and costs.
City of Medora v. Golberg, 1997 ND 190, 569 N.W.2d 257
Hensley v. Eckerhart, 461 U.S. 424 (1983)
N.D.C.C.  28-26-06

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Docket entries:
109/08/2005 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 09/06/2005
209/08/2005 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 09/06/2005
309/08/2005 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Crothers, Daniel John
410/17/2005 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Roger L. Mjones)
510/17/2005 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT (MTR). Granted: 12/05/2005
610/24/2005 AMENDED NOTICE OF APPEAL
711/23/2005 Transcript dated 7-7-05
811/23/2005 DISK - tra (7-7-05) (e-mailed)
911/23/2005 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF, MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT, & AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT (E-FILED)
1011/23/2005 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/ATB)
1111/28/2005 NO ACTION TAKEN (Mot/Ext/ATB)
1211/28/2005 Second Amended Notice of Appeal (filed in trial court on 11-25-05)
1311/23/2005 TRANSCRIPTS Commencing April 18, 2005 (5 Volumes)
1411/28/2005 DISK - TRA 6 Volumes, 6 Disks April 2005
1511/28/2005 Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Motion for Extension of Time to File Appellants' Brief
1611/29/2005 MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN REPLY TO APPELLEE'S OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME (FAXED)
1711/29/2005 E-FILED MOTION (MAT) (FAXED)
1811/30/2005 Corrected Vol VI of TRA dated April 25, 2005
1911/30/2005 DISK (Index of Exhibits and List of Witnesses for TRA of 4-18-05)
2011/30/2005 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted: 02/01/2006
2111/28/2005 RECORD ON APPEAL, VI Volumes & separates including TRA Sept. 2, 2003, 7 Depositions. Not sent were
2211/28/2005 Nos. 47, 60, 162, 187, 249, and 292 (Tapes)
2301/31/2006 APPELLANT BRIEF
2401/31/2006 APPELLANT APPENDIX
2501/31/2006 DISK - atb (e-mailed)
2603/06/2006 APPELLEE BRIEF (e-filed pdf)
2703/06/2006 E-FILED BRIEF (AEB)
2803/06/2006 APPELLEE APPENDIX
2903/06/2006 E-FILED APPENDIX (AEA)
3003/07/2006 Received $26 surcharge for e-filed Brief and Appendix
3103/08/2006 Affidavit of Service of Appellee's Brief and Appendix by mail
3203/13/2006 Copies of AEB rec'd from Central Duplicating
3303/13/2006 Copies of AEA received from Central Duplicating
3403/17/2006 REPLY BRIEF of Appellants
3503/17/2006 DISK - ryb (e-mailed)
3603/23/2006 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Mattson, Douglas L.
3704/25/2006 APPEARANCES: Matthew D. Greenley, Adele Hedley Page; Kirsti B. Hourigan
3804/25/2006 ARGUED: Greenley; Hourigan
3904/25/2006 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
4008/02/2006 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED/PT, REVERSED/PT
4108/02/2006 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
4208/02/2006 At the direction of the Court there will be no costs taxed on this appeal
4308/14/2006 Judgment Mailed to Parties
4408/15/2006 PETITION FOR REHEARING
4508/15/2006 DISK - PER (e-mailed)
4608/28/2006 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (PER). Denied
4709/13/2006 MANDATE
4809/19/2006 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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