State ex rel. Dept. of Labor v. Riemers

20070363 State of North Dakota, by
North Dakota Department of
Labor, for the benefit of Fair
Housing of the Dakotas, Plaintiff and Appellee
Roland Riemers, individually, Defendant and Appellant
Affordable Apartments, LLC, Defendant

Appeal from: District Court, Northeast Central Judicial District, Grand Forks County
Judge Karen Kosanda Braaten
Nature of Action: Other (Civil)
Appellant: Pro se
Appellee: Michael Trent Pitcher , Att. General Office
Term: 09/2008   Argument: 09/16/2008
ND cite: 2008 ND 191
NW cite: 757 N.W.2d 50

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I. Did the Court err by granting a Default Judgment based on a summons, complaint and pleadings that were never served?
II. Did the Court err in awarding the State attorney fees?
III. Did the Court err in awarding Fair Housing damages without any real evidence that it had been damaged by Riemers TRUTHFUL rental advertisement?
IV. Did the Court err and violate Riemers right to free speech by punishing him for publishing a truthful rental advertisement?
V. Can Riemers legally represent Affordable Apartments LLC?

Appellant's Reply Brief Issues

I. Does Riemers have the right to represent Affordable Apartments LLC as well as himself?
II. Was Affordable Apartments LLC ever really part of this action as it held no interest in the chestnut property involved in this dispute?
III. Did Riemers knowingly refuse service to avoid process?
IV. Were Plaintiff's award for damages against Riemers and Affordable Apartments LLC actually listed for previously dismissed Defendants?
V. Was Riemers response to the suit timely and not in default?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Affordable Apartments is not a party to this appeal
II. There are no irregularities on the face of the Judgment
III.The district court did not abuse its discretion in granting default Judgmentagainst Riemers
A. Service upon Riemers was proper
B. Default Judgment may be entered without notice to defendants if there has been no appearance by defendants in the action
1. Riemers did not appear prior to the Department filing for default
2. Riemers did not make any appearance in the action
IV. Riemers' remaining arguments fail
A. Riemers cannot address substantive issues on appeal, which were not addressed below
B. The district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding attorney's fees to the Department
1. N.D.C.C.  14-02.5-41 provides a statutory basis for attorney's fees
2. The district court found that a discriminatory housing practice had occurred
C. Sufficient evidence of damages to FHD was shown
D. Riemers' First Amendment claim is inapplicable

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Docket entries:
112/17/2007 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 12/14/2007
212/24/2007 Defendant's Petition to Remand Case Back to District Court (motion to reopen pending)
312/24/2007 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (petition to remand). Granted
412/24/2007 ORDER OF REMAND
503/13/2008 RECORD ON APPEAL
603/13/2008 Reset briefing schedule after remand
703/13/2008 Briefing schedule reset after remand. Granted: 04/12/2008
904/10/2008 E-FILED MOTION - MAT
1004/10/2008 ACTION BY CLERK - MAT. Granted: 05/12/2008
1104/18/2008 Supplemental Clerk's Certificate dated April 16, 2008 (Entry Nos. 31 & 32)
1205/05/2008 APPELLANT BRIEF
1405/05/2008 DISK - ATB (e-mailed)
1505/06/2008 Affidavit of Service by Mail of ATB & ATA
1606/03/2008 APPELLEE BRIEF
1706/03/2008 DISK of AEB (e-mailed)
1906/03/2008 Affidavit of Service by Mail
2006/22/2008 DISK - RYB
2106/23/2008 REPLY BRIEF
2206/24/2008 Affidavit of Service by Mail of Appellant's Reply Brief
2309/16/2008 APPEARANCES: Roland C. Riemers; Michael T. Pitcher
2409/16/2008 ARGUED: Riemers; Pitcher
2710/24/2008 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning
2810/24/2008 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of Appellee
2910/24/2008 Judgment e-mailed to Parties
3010/27/2008 Supplemental Clerk's Certificate dated 10-23-08 (Entry Nos. 33-35)
3111/18/2008 MANDATE

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