Thompson v. Schmitz

20100248 Rodney Thompson and Karen Thompson,
individually and derivatively on
behalf of ARRK Investments, Inc.
d/b/a Ultimate Rent All, Plaintiffs and Appellees
v.
Ronald E. Schmitz, ARRK Investments,
Inc., and R.E.S. Investments, Inc.
d/b/a Ultimate Transportation, Defendants and Appellants
and
David T. Nameniuk, CPA, Defendant

Appeal from: District Court, East Central Judicial District, Cass County
Judge John Charles Irby
Nature of Action: Contracts
Counsel:
Appellant: Brad A. Sinclair
Appellee: Michael Dan Nelson
Term: 12/2010   Argument: 12/16/2010  1:30pm
ND cite: 2011 ND 70
NW cite: 795 N.W.2d 913

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
[1]Whether the District Court erred in determining that upon dissolution of ARRK Investments, Inc., a stream of income/intangible value exists.
[2]Whether Judge Racek's determination that the $150,000 the Thompsons tendered to Ron Schmitz is not a corporate asset is the law of the case.
[3]Whether the District Court erred as a matter of law in awarding the Thompsons attorney's fees.
[4]Whether the District Court erred as a matter of law in awarding expert witness fees, nontaxable expenses, and pre-judgment interest.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
1.Did the district court comply with the law of the case doctrine and the mandate rule, as to (a) the Thompsons' $150,000 contribution to ARRK and (b) Schmitz's contribution of the use of RES's trailers, equipment, and employees to ARRK?
2.Did the district court err in (a) taxing expert witness fees, (b) awarding nontaxable expenses, and (c) awarding prejudgment interest for conversion?
3.Did the district court err in awarding attorney's fees?


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Docket entries:
107/30/2010 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 07/29/2010
207/30/2010 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 07/29/2010
307/30/2010 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Crothers, Daniel John
408/02/2010 MOTION FOR Remand
508/03/2010 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted
608/03/2010 ORDER OF REMAND
708/05/2010 TRANSCRIPT DATED 01/06/10 & C.O.S.
808/04/2010 DISK (TRA) 01/06/10 e-mailed
908/25/2010 Remand complete
1008/25/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF (sua sponte)
1108/25/2010 ACTION BY CLERK ---- Reset briefing schedule after remand. Granted: 10/04/2010
1208/30/2010 RECORD ON APPEAL (Partially Electronic; Entry Nos. 84,128,129,130,159,166,196,
1308/30/2010 209,248,249,250,251,252,253,254,255,609,610,611,612,613,614,615,616,617,618,619,620,&621
1408/30/2010 were mailed)
1509/10/2010 Second Notice of Appeal filed in trial court 9-8-10
1609/08/2010 Order for Transcript of June 23, 2010 hearing
1709/13/2010 Transcript dated June 23, 2010 & Certificate of Service
1809/13/2010 DISK - tra (6-23-10)
1909/17/2010 MOTION FOR Extension of Word Limitation (Appellant's brief)
2009/17/2010 E-FILED MOTION
2109/17/2010 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (ATB cannot exceed 12,000 words). Granted
2210/04/2010 Received filing fee for ATB & ATA (Receipt #19994).
2310/01/2010 APPELLANT BRIEF (e-filed)
2410/01/2010 E-FILED BRIEF (ATB)
2510/01/2010 APPELLANT APPENDIX (e-filed) PDF
2610/01/2010 E-FILED APPENDIX (ATA) PDF
2710/05/2010 Corrections to ATB received.
2810/04/2010 Received $25 e-filing surcharge for ATB & $245 for ATA surcharge (Receipt #19994).
2910/06/2010 Received 7 copies of ATB from Central Duplicating.
3010/06/2010 Received 6 copies of ATA from Central Duplicating.
3110/12/2010 MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF WORD LIMIT FOR AEB (e-filed)
3210/12/2010 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/Words/AEB)
3310/12/2010 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (Mot/Ext/Word/Limit) (up to 12,000 words for AEB). Granted
3410/28/2010 APPELLEE BRIEF & ADDENDUM
3510/28/2010 APPELLEE APPENDIX
3610/29/2010 DISK-AEB (CD-ROM)
3711/10/2010 REPLY BRIEF (electronic)
3811/10/2010 E-FILED BRIEF (RYB)
3911/12/2010 Rec'd 7 copies of RYB back from Central Duplicating.
4011/16/2010 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
4111/19/2010 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Nelson, David W.
4212/16/2010 APPEARANCES: Brad A. Sinclair; Michael D. Nelson
4312/16/2010 ARGUED: Brad A. Sinclair; Michael D. Nelson
4412/16/2010 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
4503/28/2011 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
4603/28/2011 UNANIMOUS OPINION: VandeWalle, Gerald W.
4703/28/2011 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellees
4803/28/2011 Judgment Sent to Parties
4904/19/2011 MANDATE
5004/26/2011 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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