Missouri Breaks v. Burns

20100124 Missouri Breaks, LLC,
Robert M. Hallmark &
Associates, Frank Celeste,
William R. Austin, Phoenix Energy,
Bobby Lankford and Erskine Williams, Plaintiffs and Appellees
v.
John O. Burns; Thomas P. Cawley;
Terry Moore; Cheryl Moore; John C.
Walter Trustee; Williston
Gas Company; Geary Trigleth;
William Thomas Trigleth, III, as
Trustee, on behalf of the Blue Sky
Trust; Astro-Chem Lab, Inc.; Total
Safety, Inc.; Williston Basin District
of Pool Company; Champion Technologies,
Inc.; DC Well Service, Inc.; First
National Bank of Williston; and all
other persons unknown claiming any
estate or interest in or lien or
encumbrance upon the property described
in the Complaint, Defendants
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Thomas R. Cawley, Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, Northwest Judicial District, McKenzie County
Judge Gerald H. Rustad
Nature of Action: Contracts
Counsel:
Appellant: Robert S. Rau
Appellee: Jon R. Brakke
Appellee: Caren Lynn Wanner Stanley
Term: 09/2010   Argument: 09/02/2010  10:45am
ND cite: 2010 ND 221
NW cite: 791 N.W.2d 033

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1) Is the Claim of Cawley subject to Res Judicata and when the parties had an agreement to litigate Cawley's claim in State Court and both acted upon that agreement. This is especially so and when the Bankruptcy Court Amended Plan of Reorganization permits subsequent Court litigation.
2) Does the Bankruptcy Act bar Cawley's claim and when the statute of limitations for proceedings under 544 expired years before. Further was MB a purchaser in good faith, when it had prior actual and constructive notice of Cawley's claim and interest.
3) Did the lower court erroneously construe state law on MB's constructive and actual notice of Cawley's interest
4) Should the Court quiet title to a 5% Working Interest in the well and property in the name of Thomas P. Cawley and order $26,000 to be set over to him (with interest), leaving for future times and dates the claims of what sum of money flows to Cawley from the 5% working interest.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I.The District Court properly determined that Cawley's claim to a 5%"working interest" in the Well was precluded by the Bankruptcy Code and the doctrine of res judicata.
II.The District Court properly determined Cawley's claim to recover monies loaned to Athens/Alpha prior to its bankruptcy filing was barred by the doctrine of res judicata.

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Docket entries:
104/30/2010 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 04/29/2010
204/30/2010 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning
305/28/2010 RECORD ON APPEAL (Not rec'd nos. 136,137,138,142,144 "ERRORS") 4 volumes total
406/07/2010 APPELLANT BRIEF
506/07/2010 APPELLANT APPENDIX (Volumes 1 & 2)
606/11/2010 Corrected covers for ATB & ATA and corrected pages iii, 28 & 29 for ATB
706/11/2010 DISK - atb
807/12/2010 APPELLEE BRIEF
907/12/2010 APPELLEE APPENDIX
1007/12/2010 DISK (AEB) e-mailed
1107/28/2010 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
1208/16/2010 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Foughty, Donovan John
1309/02/2010 APPEARANCES: Robert S. Rau & Thomas Cawley, Appellant; Jon R. Brakke
1409/02/2010 ARGUED: Rau; Brakke
1509/02/2010 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
1609/08/2010 Motion to Strike Defendants Appendix
1709/09/2010 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Motion to Strike Appendix). Denied
1811/16/2010 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
1911/16/2010 UNANIMOUS OPINION: VandeWalle, Gerald W.
2011/16/2010 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of Appellee.
2111/17/2010 Judgment Sent to Parties
2211/29/2010 Mot. Ext/Time Petition for Rehearing
2311/29/2010 ACTION BY CLERK (MPR). Granted: 12/14/2010
2412/10/2010 PETITION FOR REHEARING & Addendum
2512/13/2010 DISK - PER
2612/21/2010 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (PER)
2701/14/2011 MANDATE
2802/01/2011 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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