Pennington, et al. v. Continental Resources, Inc.

Docket No. 20190063
Oral Argument: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:45 PM

Docket Info

Title
Rhonda Pennington, Steven Nelson,
Donald Nelson, and Charlene Bjornson, Plaintiffs and Appellants
v.
Continental Resources, Inc., Defendant and Appellee
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OIL, GAS AND MINERALS
Appeal From
Case No. 2017-CV-00440
Northwest Judicial District, McKenzie County
Daniel Saleh El-Dweek
2019 ND 228

Highlight

Oil and gas leases are interpreted as a whole to give effect to every part if reasonably practicable.
A force majeure clause in a contract allocates the risk of loss if performance becomes impossible or impracticable as a result of an event or effect that the parties could not have anticipated or controlled.
A party relying on an express force majeure clause in a contract must provide proof that the failure to perform was proximately caused by a contingency and that, in spite of the party’s skill, diligence, and good faith, performance remains impossible or unreasonably expensive.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
04/10/2019 APPELLANT BRIEF View
05/17/2019 APPELLEE BRIEF View
05/30/2019 REPLY BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Fintan L Dooley - 03270
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Lawrence Bender - 03908
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Spencer Douglas Ptacek - 08295

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 02/22/2019 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 02/22/2019
2 02/26/2019 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
3 02/26/2019 Received $125 filing fee
4 02/26/2019 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
5 02/26/2019 Notice served on Fintan L. Dooley, Nathan A. Keever, & Lawrence Bender
6 03/01/2019 Affidavit of Nathan A. Keever in Support of Motion for Pro Hac Vice Admission
7 03/26/2019 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED 3/25/19 (ENTRY NOS. 1-101)
8 04/03/2019 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
9 04/03/2019 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 04/10/2019
10 04/10/2019 APPELLANT BRIEF View
11 04/10/2019 APPELLANT APPENDIX
12 04/16/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of ATB & ATA from CSD
13 04/17/2019 Rec'd $25 surcharge for ATB (receipt #27013)
14 05/10/2019 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF
15 05/10/2019 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 05/17/2019
16 05/17/2019 APPELLEE BRIEF View
17 05/17/2019 APPELLEE APPENDIX
18 05/22/2019 Rec'd $25 surcharge for AEB & $19.50 for Appendix over page limit (receipt #27082)
19 05/22/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of AEB & AEA from Central Duplicating?
20 05/22/2019 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
21 05/24/2019 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Nelson, David W.
22 05/30/2019 REPLY BRIEF View
23 05/31/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of RYB from Central Duplicating
24 06/04/2019 APPEARANCES: Fintan L. Dooley; Nathan A. Keever; Spencer D. Ptacek
25 06/04/2019 ARGUED: Nathan A. Keever; Spencer D. Ptacek
26 06/04/2019 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
27 08/27/2019 DISPOSITION (and Remanded)
28 08/27/2019 UNANIMOUS OPINION : Crothers, Daniel John View
29 08/27/2019 By Order of the Court, costs to neither party
30 08/27/2019 Judgment Sent to Parties
31 09/18/2019 MANDATE