Lagerquist v. Stergo

20070285 Dave Lagerquist, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Rudy Stergo a.k.a. Rudy
Strgo, Just Wire Corp.,
West Side Metals Corp.,
Midwest Industrial Metals
Corporation, and John Doe, Defendants
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West Side Metals Corp., Defendant and Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, South Central Judicial District, Mercer County
Judge Gail Hagerty
Nature of Action: Contracts
Counsel:
Appellant: Pearce & Durick
Appellee: Smith Bakke Porsborg Schweigert & Armstrong
Term: 02/2008   Argument: 02/22/2008  10:00am
NW cite: 752 N.W.2d 168

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
Rudy Stergo ("Stergo") bought scrap metal from Dave Lagerquist ("Lagerquist"). Consideration was paid; Stergo took delivery. Stergo did not complete payment to Lagerquist. The district court found an agency relationship existed between Stergo and West Side Metal Corporation ("West Side"). But creation of an agency relationship requires a duty to a principal by its agent. Stergo's only duty was to himself; Stergo sold the metal to Midwest Industrial Metal Corporation ("Midwest") for self-profit. Was it clearly erroneous for the district court to find the existence of actual and ostensible agency?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
Whether the district court's finding of fact that Rudy Strgo was an actual and ostensible agent of defendant West Side Metals Corp. was clearly erroneous.

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Docket entries:
110/01/2007 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 09/28/2007
210/01/2007 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 09/28/2007
310/01/2007 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Maring, Mary Muehlen
410/01/2007 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
510/04/2007 Acknowledgment of OTR and request for Retention of Record: 11/17/2007
610/23/2007 RECORD ON APPEAL (2 vols.), Exhibits & Deposition of Donna Morris
711/08/2007 TRANSCRIPT DATED April 23, 2007
811/08/2007 DISK-tra(4/23/07)
911/08/2007 Certificate of Service of copies of Transcripts
1012/18/2007 APPELLANT BRIEF
1112/18/2007 APPELLANT APPENDIX
1212/18/2007 DISK - ATB (CD Rom)
1301/17/2008 APPELLEE BRIEF (E-filed) (PDF)
1401/17/2008 E-FILED BRIEF (AEB) (PDF)
1501/17/2008 APPELLEE APPENDIX (E-filed)
1601/17/2008 E-FILED APPENDIX (AEA)
1701/18/2008 Rec'd $25 surcharge for e-filed AEB (Receipt #17988)
1801/22/2008 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Herauf, William A.
1901/23/2008 SITTING WITH THE COURT: McLees, William W.
2001/24/2008 Received 7 copies of AEB from Central Duplicating
2101/24/2008 Received 6 copies of Appellee's Appendix from Central Duplicating
2201/31/2008 REPLY BRIEF
2301/31/2008 DISK - RYB (electronic)
2402/22/2008 APPEARANCES: Jerome C. Kettleson, Zachary E. Pelham; Daniel R. Phillips, Scott K. Porsborg
2502/22/2008 ARGUED: Kettleson; Phillips
2602/22/2008 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
2707/02/2008 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED/PT, REVERSED/PT
2807/02/2008 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning
2907/02/2008 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellee.
3007/02/2008 Judgment e-mailed to Parties
3107/25/2008 MANDATE
3207/29/2008 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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