|Filed Feb. 22, 2000|
Paula Strom-Sell, Plaintiff and Appellant No. 990295 Appeal from the District Court of Cass County, East Central Judicial District, the Honorable Norman J. Backes, Judge.
Council for Concerned Citizens, Inc., Toni Austad, William Wilkerson, President, Board of Directors, Defendants and Appellees
Paula Strom-Sell, pro se, 1122 25th Street North, Fargo, ND 58102, plaintiff and appellant.
Toni Austad (argued), pro se, 2216 5th Avenue S.W., Great Falls, MT 59404, and William Wilkerson, pro se, 2913 9th Street N.E., Great Falls, MT 59404, defendants and appellees.
Appeal from the District Court of Cass County, East Central Judicial District, the Honorable Norman J. Backes, Judge.
Strom-Sell v. Council for Concerned Citizens
[¶1] Paula Strom-Sell appeals from the trial court's order denying her motion for a stay of execution. Essentially, Strom-Sell's present appeal challenges an award of costs and disbursements which was part of a judgment previously affirmed by this Court in Strom-Sell v. Council for Concerned Citizens, Inc., 1999 ND 132, 597 N.W.2d 414. We conclude this appeal is frivolous and completely without merit, and therefore, we summarily affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(1).
[¶2] In addition, this Court awards Appellees costs on appeal to be taxed and allowed in the court below under Rule 39, N.D.R.App.P., and damages in the amount of $1,000 under Rule 38, N.D.R.App.P. Under Rule 38, this Court may award "just damages and single or double costs including reasonable attorney's fees" if we determine an appeal is frivolous. We have stated an appeal is frivolous if it is "flagrantly groundless, devoid of merit, or demonstrates persistence in the course of litigation which could be seen as evidence of bad faith." Matter of Estate of Opatz, 554 N.W.2d 813, 817 (N.D. 1996). This is such an appeal. We, therefore, direct the Clerk of the Supreme Court to enter judgment for the Appellees accordingly.
[¶3] We hereby order that this decision be published in the regular manner, as provided under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(c).
|Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J.|
Mary Muehlen Maring
William A. Neumann
Dale V. Sandstrom
Carol Ronning Kapsner