Carlson v. Workforce Safety & Insurance

20110163 Merwin Carlson, Appellant
v.
Workforce Safety & Insurance
and GMR Transportation, Inc., Appellees

Appeal from: District Court, East Central Judicial District, Cass County
Judge John Charles Irby
Nature of Action: Workers Compensation
Counsel:
Appellant: Bruce A. Schoenwald
Appellee: Jacqueline Sue Anderson , Spec. Asst. Atty. Gen.
Appellee: Timothy George Richard
Amicus curiae: C Nicholas Vogel
Term: 11/2011   Argument: 11/08/2011  1:30pm
ND cite: 2012 ND 203
NW cite: 821 N.W.2d 760

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. Whether the post-Carlson I administrative and District Court proceedings deprived Carlson of procedural and substantive due process?
2. Whether res judicata, law of the case and related legal concepts have cut off WSI's ability to reconsider CARLSON's workers compensation benefit entitlement established in Carlson I?
3. Whether the Administrative Law Judge properly applied the "common law" employment test if the entitlement question is subject to reconsideration after Carlson I?
4. Whether CARLSON is entitled to attorneys fees pursuant to N.D.C.C.  28-32-50?
5. Whether CARLSON's health insurer should be allowed to intervene to obtain direct reimbursement from WSI for medical expense payments?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
[1] Whether res judicata/law of the case precluded WSI from exercising its continuing jurisdiction under N.D.C.C.  65-05-04 after Carlson v. Workforce Safety and Insurance, 2009 ND 87.
[2] Whether there were procedural and/or substantive due process violations in connection with these proceedings.
[3] Whether the ALJ could reasonably determine that Carlson was an independent contractor.
[4] Whether the ALJ properly denied intervention from Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North Dakota.
[5] Whether Carlson is entitled to N.D.C.C.  28-32-50 attorney's fees.

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Docket entries:
106/03/2011 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 06/03/2011
206/03/2011 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning
306/14/2011 DISK - Trans of Adm. Hrg. dated 4-6-10
407/13/2011 APPELLANT BRIEF AND ADDENDUM
507/13/2011 APPELLANT APPENDIX
607/13/2011 DISK - ATB (CD)
707/21/2011 ELECTRONIC RECORD ON APPEAL (ENTRY NOS. 1-118).
808/08/2011 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF
908/08/2011 E-FILED MOTION (MAE)
1008/09/2011 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 09/15/2011
1108/09/2011 Lt from Timothy Richard(GMR Transportation will not be filing a brief, nor appearing at O.A.)
1208/11/2011 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO PARTICIPATE AS AMICI CURIAE
1308/11/2011 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted: 09/15/2011
1408/11/2011 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (American Trucking Associations & ND Motor Carriers Association)
1508/11/2011 DISK - ACB (e-mail)
1609/14/2011 APPELLEE BRIEF (e-filed)
1709/14/2011 E-FILED BRIEF (AEB)
1809/14/2011 APPELLEE APPENDIX (e-filed)
1909/14/2011 E-FILED APPENDIX (AEA)
2009/15/2011 Received $25 surcharge for AEB (Receipt #20662)
2109/16/2011 Rec'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD
2209/16/2011 Rec'd 6 copies of AEA from CSD
2309/23/2011 REPLY BRIEF of Appellant
2409/26/2011 DISK - ryb (CD ROM)
2510/06/2011 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
2610/24/2011 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Goodman, Ronald E.
2710/26/2011 Request for Radio/TV Coverage (Dale Wetzel from Associated Press) approved
2811/08/2011 APPEARANCES: Bruce A. Schoenwald; Jacqueline S. Anderson
2911/08/2011 ARGUED: Bruce A. Schoenwald; Jacqueline S. Anderson
3011/08/2011 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
3107/02/2012 AMENDED ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JULY 2, 2012(ENTRY NOS.1-2, 4-74, 76-118) #119 is Clerk's Cert
3207/02/2012 ENTRY NOS. 3 & 75-Admin Rec sent via U.S. mail. Not rec'd were "Exhibits Not Admitted at Hearing"
3307/02/2012 Administrative Agency Record #75 (Entry Nos. 484-565)
3410/01/2012 DISPOSITION: REVERSED AND REMANDED
3510/01/2012 SPLIT OPINION: Crothers, Daniel John
3610/01/2012 Dissenting: VandeWalle, Gerald W.: DISSENT
3710/01/2012 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellant
3810/02/2012 Judgment Sent to Parties
3910/08/2012 Corrected/Substitute Opinion Page
4010/24/2012 MANDATE
4109/27/2013 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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