Hamilton, v. Woll

20120269 Lawrence A. Hamilton, Philip B.
Hamilton and Judy Casper, Plaintiffs and Appellees
v.
Larry G. Woll, Cynthia J. Woll,
Tracy J. Holiday, Robert V.
Holiday, Philip Knolyn Hatch II,
Jacki DeMay, R. Craig Woll,
Dorothy Jean Griswold, Russell
Rapp, Jeffrey R. Carius, Michael
Carius, Mark S. Rapp, Tandals
Farm Inc., James H. Bragg,
Julie K. McKinley, J. Michael
Gleason DBA Gleason Land Co.,
Strata Minerals, Inc., Frances A.
Hannifin, Alan R. Hannifin,
Desert Partners II L.P.,
Value Petroleum Inc., J. Kyle
Jones, Margaret J. Hannifin, Fall
River Resources, Chatfield
Company, Walter E. Opper, Emma
Smart, John M. Schattyn, Lloyd S.
Schattyn, Noel L. Schattyn Soren,
Avalon North LLC, Dakota West
Energy LLC, Ronald Rowland, Lee
LaBarre, Terry Aronson, Burlington
Resources Oil and Gas Company LP;
Peyton Woll, Jr., Trust dated
June 8, 1993, Peyton H. Woll,
Trustee, Dana G. Woll, Successor
Trustee; John H. Woll and
Dorothea E. Woll, Trustees of the
John and Dorothea, Woll Trust
Agreement dated 1-31-90; Helen F.
Rapp, Trustee of Helen F. Rapp
Declaration of Trust dated,
08-17-2004; Alvin C. Schopp, Trustee;
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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Ronald Rowland, Appellant
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J. Michael Gleason, d/b/a Gleason
Land Co., James H. Bragg, and
Julie K. McKinley, Appellees

Appeal from: District Court, Southwest Judicial District, Bowman County
Judge Harlan Patrick Weir
Nature of Action: Real Property
Counsel:
Appellant: Scott Marlin Knudsvig
Appellee: Michael J. Maus
Appellee: David Del Schweigert
Appellee: Patrick David Hope
Appellee: William B. Wischer
Appellant: Steven A. Lautt
Term: 10/2012   Argument: 10/08/2012  9:00am
ND cite: 2012 ND 238
NW cite: 823 N.W.2d 754

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether the district court erred by granting Plaintiffs/Appellees' (Plaintiffs) Motion for Summary Judgment after the court weighed extrinsic evidence and made findings of fact in Plaintiffs/Appellees' favor.
II. Whether the district court erred in finding as a matter of law that the deeds in question conveyed a royalty interest and did not convey a mineral interest, based solely on the factual finding that Finlay was an experienced oil and gas broker.
III. Whether the district court erred in denying Defendant/Appellant Ronald Rowland's ("Rowland") Motion to Vacate Judgment by not giving due consideration to the facts and law offered in support of Rowland's motion.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
Issues of Gleason, Bragg, & Chenoweth:
I. Whether the district court properly granted Summary Judgment.
II. Whether the district court properly construed the deeds in question as royalty interests.
III. Whether the district court properly denied Rowland's Motion to Vacate the Judgment.

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Docket entries:
106/11/2012 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 06/11/2012
206/25/2012 Letter from Michael J. Maus dated 6-25-2012 re: He will be representing plaintiffs
306/25/2012 List of defendant addresses from Michael J. Maus
406/29/2012 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
506/29/2012 E-FILED MOTION
606/29/2012 ACTION BY CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK. Granted: 08/20/2012
707/02/2012 Envelope addressed to Julie K. McKinley returned with notation "Return to Sender, Vacant, Unable
807/02/2012 to Forward"
907/05/2012 Envelopes addressed to Frances A. Hannifin, Alan R. Hannifin, & Helen F. Rapp, Trustee of Helen F.
1007/05/2012 Rapp Trust, were returned with notation "Return to Sender, Not Deliverable as Addressed, Unable
1107/05/2012 to Forward"
1207/09/2012 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED July 6, 2012 (ENTRY NOS. 1-14; 16-37; 39-47; 49-72; 75-79;
1307/09/2012 81-97; & 99-116
1407/13/2012 6/29/12 ltr addressed to Alan R. Hannifin returned with the notation"Return to Sender, Vacant,
1507/13/2012 unable to Forward"
1608/02/2012 7-10-12 ltr addressed to Peyton Woll & Dana Woll was returned with notation
1708/02/2012 "Return to Send, Attempted, Not Known, Unable to Forward"
1808/16/2012 6-26-12 ltr addressed to Peyton H. Woll & Dana G. Woll, Trustees of Peyton Woll, Jr. Trust was
1908/16/2012 returned as "Return to Sender; Not Deliverable as Addressed; Unable to Forward"
2008/16/2012 6-29-12 ltr addressed to Peyton H. Wol & Dana G. Woll, Trustees of Peyton Woll, Jr. Trust was
2108/16/2012 returned as "Return to Sender; Not Deliverable as Addressed; Unable to Forward"
2208/20/2012 APPELLANT BRIEF
2308/20/2012 E-FILED BRIEF
2408/20/2012 APPELLANT APPENDIX
2508/20/2012 E-FILED APPENDIX
2608/22/2012 Received $117 surcharge for ATB and ATA (receipt #21459)
2708/28/2012 Received 7 copies of ATB from CSD
2808/28/2012 Received 6 copies of ATA from CSD
2909/05/2012 Envelope addressed to Margaret J. Hannifin returned with notation "Return to Sender, Insufficient
3009/05/2012 Address, Unable to Forward"
3109/05/2012 Envelope addressed to Lloyd S. Schattyn returned with notation "Return to Sender, Not Deliverable
3209/05/2012 as Addressed, Unable to Forward"
3309/05/2012 Envelope addressed to Dakota West Energy, LLC, returned with notation "Return to Sender, Attempted
3409/05/2012 Not Known, Unable to Forward"
3509/17/2012 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
3609/17/2012 MOTION to Seek Leave of Court to Amend Amended Judgment & Brief in Support
3709/18/2012 Envelope addressed to Walter Opper returned "Attempted- Not Known - Unable to Forward" (oa letter)
3809/19/2012 APPELLEE BRIEF (Lawrence Hamilton, Philip Hamilton & Judy Casper)
3909/19/2012 E-FILED BRIEF
4009/20/2012 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted
4109/20/2012 ORDER OF REMAND
4209/20/2012 Order of Remand Sent to Parties
4309/20/2012 Received $25 surcharge for AEB (Receipt #21500)
4409/24/2012 Rec'd 7 copies of AEB (Hamilton & Casper) from CSD
4509/24/2012 APPELLEE BRIEF (Gleason, Bragg & McKinley)
4609/24/2012 E-FILED BRIEF
4709/25/2012 Rec'd $25 surcharge for AEB of Gleason, Bragg & McKinley. (Receipt #21512)
4809/26/2012 Rec'd nonsubstantive corrected brief of Appellees Gleason, Bragg, & McKinley)
4909/28/2012 Rec'd 7 copies of AEB of Gleason, Bragg & McKinley from CSD
5009/27/2012 ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED September 26, 2012 (ENTRY NOS. 117-128)
5110/02/2012 REPLY BRIEF (PDF)
5210/02/2012 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
5310/03/2012 Received non-substantive changes to RYB
5410/04/2012 RECEIVED 7 COPIES OF RYB FROM CENTRAL DUPLICATING
5510/05/2012 Envelopes addressed to Jacki DeMay with letters dated 9/17/12, 9/20/12, 9/21/12 returned with
5610/05/2012 notation "return to sender, not deliverable as addressed, unable to forward"
5710/08/2012 APPEARANCES: Steven Lautt and Scott Knudsvig/Michael Maus
5810/08/2012 ARGUED: Lautt/Maus
5910/08/2012 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
6010/08/2012 ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED 10/5/12 (ENTRY NOS.129-132,134)
6110/09/2012 Envelope addressed to Jacki DeMay with letter dated 9-26-12 returned with notation "Return to
6210/09/2012 Sender; Not Deliverable as Addressed; Unable to Forward"
6311/26/2012 Envelope addressed to Jacki DeMay with letter dated 8-24-12 returned with notation "Return to
6411/26/2012 Sender; Not Deliverable as Addressed; Unable to Forward"
6511/27/2012 DISPOSITION: REVERSED AND REMANDED
6611/27/2012 SPLIT OPINION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
6711/27/2012 Concurring Specially: Crothers, Daniel John: CONCUR
6811/27/2012 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of Appellant
6911/28/2012 Judgment Sent to Parties
7001/03/2013 MANDATE

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