Come Big or Stay Home, LLC v. EOG Resources, Inc.
Come Big or Stay Home, LLC, Plaintiff and Appellant
EOG Resources, Inc., Defendant and Appellee
North Central Judicial District,
Judge Richard L. Hagar
|Nature of Action:||Contracts|
|Term:||02/2012  Argument: 02/10/2012 10:00am|
|ND cite:||2012 ND 91|
816 N.W.2d 80
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Appellant's Statement of the Issues:|
1. The District Court erred in granting summary judgment to Appellee, EOG Resources, Inc. ("EOG"), because:
(a) EOG was not entitled to summary judgment on CBSH's breach of contract claim.
(b) EOG was not entitled to summary judgment on CBSH's breach of fiduciary duty theory.
(c) EOG was not entitled to summary judgment on CBSH's conversion claim.
(d) EOG was not entitled to summary judgment on CBSH's claims for declaratory judgment and constructive trust.
(e) The district court erred in not addressing CBSH's Rule 56(f) Affidavit.
Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Was EOG entitled to summary judgment dismissing CBSH's breach of contract claim?
A. Are the invitations to participate ambiguous?
B. Do the unambiguous invitations to participate require EOG to provide CBSH with well information in the absence of a nondisclosure agreement?
1. May a party use evidence of "custom and usage" to amend an agreement in a manner that is inconsistent with the undisputed evidence of the parties' intent when entering into the agreement?
2. Did the parties leave open any terms of the invitations to participate?
II. Was EOG entitled to summary judgment dismissing CBSH's breach of fiduciary duty claim?
A. Do the invitations to participate impose a fiduciary duty on EOG to provide well information to CBSH in the absence of a nondisclosure agreement?
B. Are EOG and CBSH joint venturers?
C. Do EOG and CBSH have a confidential relationship that imposes fiduciary duties?
1. Are EOG and CBSH cotenants under North Dakota law?
2. Do cotenants owe each other fiduciary duties when they obtained their interests through different instruments at different times and in the absence of a special relationship?
III. Was EOG entitled to summary judgment dismissing CBSH's conversion claim when CBSH failed to produce evidence of any extra-contractual duty to share well information?
IV. Can CBSH establish causation for its claims when EOG offered to provide well information to CBSH if CBSH signed a nondisclosure agreement and CBSH never asked EOG for EOG's consent to disclose well information to third-parties?
V. Did the District Court correctly hold that CBSH's basis for damages was too speculative and uncertain to establish an award?
VI. Did the District Court correctly determine that the dismissal of CBSH's substantive claims precluded CBSH's requests for declaratory judgment and constructive trust?
VII. Is the District Court's decision denying CBSH's request for a continuance under North Dakota Rule of Civil Procedure 56(f) subject to reversal?
A. Did CBSH waive the right to challenge the District Court's decision denying CBSH's Motion to Compel by not arguing in its Brief that the District Court erred in denying the Motion?
B. May CBSH obtain a reversal of the District Court's Summary Judgment Order based on the District Court's denial of CBSH's Rule 56(f) request for a continuance when CBSH has waived the right to challenge the District Court's decision denying CBSH's Motion to Compel?
C. Did the District Court abuse its discretion when it declined to grant CBSH's Rule 56(f) request for a continuance to respond to EOG's motion for summary judgment when the discovery sought by CBSH was immaterial to the matters at issue on summary judgment and the discovery deadline has passed?
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|1||10/17/2011||NOTICE OF APPEAL: 10/12/2011|
|2||11/14/2011||ELECTRONIC RECORD ON APPEAL (entry nos. 1 - 91, no entry for no.72)|
|3||11/17/2011||APPELLANT BRIEF (e-filed)|
|4||11/17/2011||E-FILED BRIEF (ATB)|
|5||11/17/2011||APPELLANT APPENDIX (e-filed)|
|6||11/17/2011||E-FILED APPENDIX (ATA)|
|7||11/21/2011||Received $25 surcharge for ATB (Receipt #20760)|
|8||11/22/2011||Updated Affidavit of James Chaney (pro hac vice)|
|9||11/28/2011||Rec'd 7 copies of ATB from Central Duplicating.|
|10||11/28/2011||Rec'd 6 copies of ATA from Central Duplicating.|
|11||12/01/2011||Received updated Affidavit of David R. Marshall (pro hac vice)|
|12||12/06/2011||MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF|
|13||12/08/2011||ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 01/09/2012|
|14||12/14/2011||James M. Chaney paid 2012 Pro Hac Vice fees for 2012|
|15||01/04/2012||David Marshall paid 2012 Pro Hac Vice fee for 2012|
|18||01/10/2012||Received $25 surcharge for AEB (Receipt #20820)|
|19||01/10/2012||ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning|
|20||01/11/2012||Received 7 copies of AEB from CSD|
|21||01/17/2012||NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT|
|22||01/24/2012||SITTING WITH THE COURT: Greenwood, John E.|
|25||01/27/2012||Received 7 copies of RYB from CSD|
|26||02/10/2012||APPEARANCES: James M. Chaney; Monte L Rogneby; Lawrence Bender; David R. Marshall|
|27||02/10/2012||ARGUED: James M. Chaney; David R. Marshall|
|28||02/10/2012||ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST|
|30||05/04/2012||UNANIMOUS OPINION: Maring, Mary Muehlen|
|31||05/04/2012||Costs on appeal taxed in favor of Appellee|
|32||05/07/2012||Judgment Sent to Parties|