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Vicknair, et al. v. Phelps Dodge Industries, Inc., et al.

Docket No. 20100029
Oral Argument: Thursday, October 7, 2010 1:30pm

Docket Info

Title
Joseph M. Vicknair; Anthony Whitaker;
Theresa Zefiretto, as personal representative
for the Estate of Liborio Zefiretto;
Robert Ulshafer; John Sehr; Ray Brunet,
individually, and as personal representative
for the Estate of Eugene P. Brunet, deceased;
Violet Cooper, individually, and as personal
representative for the Estate of William H.
Cooper, deceased; Janice Hilborn, individually,
and as personal representative for the Estate
of August Freeman, deceased; Mildred Pastva,
individually, and as personal representative
for the Estate of John G. Pastva, deceased;
Cheryl Pernell, individually, and as personal
representative for the Estate of Eddie
Pernell, Sr., deceased; Lisa Sangerman,
individually, and as personal representative
for the Estate of Richard A. Christofretti,
deceased; Margaret Swygert, individually,
and as personal representative for the Estate
of Cromwell Swygert, deceased; Ruby Todd,
individually, and as personal representative
for the Estate of David D. Todd, deceased;
Rona Pourier, individually, and as personal
representative for the Estate of Hobert
Ecoffey, deceased; and Patrick Blando,
individually, and as personal representative
for the Estate of Wendell Blando, deceased; Plaintiffs and Appellants,
v.
Phelps Dodge Industries, Inc.; A.H. Bennett
Company; A.W. Kuettel & Sons, Inc.; Border
States Industries, Inc.; Columbia Boiler Co.;
Crane Co,; Cleaver-Brooks, Division of Aqua-Chem,
Inc.; Dossert Corporation; DuctSox Corporation
f/k/a Frommelt Safety Products; Superior Essex Group
; Electric Supply Corp.; Excelsior,
Inc.; Foster Wheeler, LLC; Greene, Tweed & Company;
Houston Specialty Wire & Cable Corp.; Oakfabco
f/k/a Kewanee Boiler Corporation; Rockbestos-Surprenant
Cable Corp. ; Riley
Stoker Corporation; Robertson Ceco Corporation, f/k/a
H. H. Roberson Company; Sprinkman Sons Corporation;
Weil McLain Company; Zurn Industries, Inc.; United Conveyor
Corporation; S.O.S. Products Company, Inc.;
Foseco, Inc.; Fuel Economy Engineering, Co.;
Burnham LLC, f/k/a Burnham Corporation;
Bryan Steam Corporation; Certain-Teed Corporation;
Foster Products Corporation ; Graybar Electric;
H.P. Fuller Company; Hobart Brothers Co.;
Inductotherm Industries, Inc.;
The Jamar Company ; John Crane, Inc.
; Kelsey-Hayes
Group ; Linde,
Inc., f/k/a BOC Group and/or Airco, Inc.;
Lincoln Electric Co.; Praxair Distribution,
Inc.; RCH Newco II; Rhone-Poulenc, Inc. ;
Stemmerich Supply Co.; Thermo Electric Co.
; and Union Carbide
Corporation, Defendants and Appellees
and
999 Quebec, Inc. ; ACandS, Inc. ; A.L.
Crump and Company, Inc.; American
Standard, Inc.; A.P.I., Inc. ; A.W. Chesterton Company;
Anchor Packing Company; Apollo Piping &
Supply; Asbestos Corporation, Ltd.; Atlas Turner, Inc.;
Australian Blue Asbestos, Pty.; Bell & Gosset; Bell
Asbestos Mines, Ltd.; Building Sprinkler Company,
Inc.; CBS Corporation ; Chromalox ; Combustion Engineering, Inc.
; Crown Cork & Seal Company,
Inc. ;
CSR, Ltd.
individually and as an alter-ego of Australian Blue
Asbestos, Pty.; Dakota Welding Supply; Deltak, L.L.C.
; Detroit Stoker; Draxton Sales;
Dresser Industries, Inc.; Durabla Manufacturing Company;
E.J. Lavino and Company, Inc.; Electric Supply Corp.;
Emerson Electric Co.; Ericsson, Inc.
; F.R.P. Products, Ltd.; F & C Supply, Inc.;
Fargo-Moorhead Insulation Company; Firebrick
Supply Co.; Fisher Governor Co.; Flintkote Company
; Flintkote Mines, Ltd.; Garlock, Inc.;
General Electric Company; George T. Walker & Co., Inc.;
Georgia-Pacific Corp.; Henry Vogt Machine Company;
Hercules Chemical Company, Inc.; Hickory
Insulation Co.; Honeywell, Inc.; Hopeman
Brothers, Inc.; Illinois Insulation Contracting
Company, Inc. ; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Insulation Services,
Inc.; International Vermiculite Co.; Jerguson Gage & Valve;
J.H. France Refractories Company; Johnston Boiler
Co.; Lac d'Amiante du Quebec, Ltee.
; Lochinvar; M.W.
Kellogg Company; MacArthur Company; Mandan
Electric Supply; Marmon Corporation; McMaster
Carr Supply Company; McNeil Refactories, Inc.;
Mellema Company; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company;
Mine Safety Appliance Company; Minnesota Mining &
Manufacturing; Northern Plumbing Supply, Inc.;
The Okonite Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.;
Parker Boiler Co.; Paul A. Douden; Pfizer, Inc.; Pipe,
Valve & Fittings Company; Power Process Equipment, Inc.;
Quigley Co., Inc.; Quin-T Corporation; Rapid-American
Corporation; Research Cottrell, Inc.;
Rockwell International Corporation; Rome Cable
Corp.; Roughrider Supply;
Ryall Electric Supply Co.; Samuel Moore & Co.;
Smith-Sharpe Company; SEPCO Corporation;
Superior Boiler Works, Inc.; Sussman
Electric Boilers; The Trane Company ; U.S. Filter Co.;
Union Boiler Co.; Uniroyal, Inc.;
and Victor H. Leeby Company, Defendants
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : TORTS (NEGLIGENCE, LIAB., NUIS.)
Appeal From
Case No. 08-C-00350
South Central Judicial District, Morton County
Robert O. Wefald
2011 ND 39794 N.W.2d 746
Oral Argument 10/7/2010

Highlight

When a statute is derived from a uniform act it must be construed to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the laws of those states which enact it.
A party seeking application of the "escape clause" in N.D.C.C. 28-01.2-04, which provides an exception to the general rule that the statute of limitations of the state whose substantive law governs the case should be applied, bears the burden of proving the escape clause applies.
A party who responds to a motion for summary judgment by requesting additional time for discovery under N.D.R.Civ.P. 56(f) must identify with specificity the particular information sought and explain how that information would preclude summary judgment and why it has not previously been obtained.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
06/22/2010 APPELLANT BRIEF (e-filed) View
07/22/2010 APPELLEE BRIEF, with attached Addendum (Phelps Dodge Industries, Inc.) View
09/08/2010 REPLY BRIEF of Appellants (E-filed) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Ronald H McLean - 03260
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jane L Dynes - 04495
AMICUS CURIAE CORPORATE COUNSEL Not Licensed in ND - 00002
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE David C Thompson - 03921
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Steven A Storslee - 03346
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jon P Parrington - 04359
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Richard John Leighton - 04847
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Shawnda R Ereth - 05701
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE David Thomas Schach - 06491
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Elizabeth Marie Sorenson Brotten - 06521
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jeb Donavan Oehlke - 06446
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Stephen W Plambeck - 03240
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Stacey Tjon Bossart - 05440
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Nicholas John O'Connell - 06251
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Heather Holland Neubauer - 06638
DEFENDANT PRIVATE PRACTICE W. Todd Haggart - 03533
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Jeanette Boechler - 03550
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Larry L Boschee - 04293
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Scott David Jensen - 04315
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Paul Rudell Oppegard - 04363
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Kyle Brown Mansfield - 04723
DEFENDANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Thomas Dice Jensen - 05680
DEFENDANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Kent Benedict Gravelle - 05967

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 01/22/2010 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 01/21/2010
2 01/22/2010 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 01/21/2010
3 01/22/2010 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Maring, Mary Muehlen
4 01/22/2010 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Crothers, Daniel John
5 01/22/2010 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
6 02/08/2010 Acknowledgment of OTR
7 03/11/2010 TRANSCRIPT DATED November 30, 2009, & C.O.S.
8 03/11/2010 DISK-tra (11/30/09) e-mailed
9 03/12/2010 RECORD ON APPEAL (3 vols.) & Separate Nos. 14, 30, 37, 91, 98, 99, & 100, including transcripts
10 03/29/2010 Updated Affidavit of Robert E. Diehl
11 03/31/2010 Updated Affidavit of Michael Sharkey & Affidavit of Jon P. Parrignton
12 04/19/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
13 04/19/2010 E-FILED MOTION
14 04/19/2010 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 05/20/2010
15 04/21/2010 Record in Morton Co. No. 02-C-1680 (56 vols. & trans. dated 4-20-06) Not rec'd: 707--Substitution
16 04/21/2010 of Counsel/Consent and Record in Morton Co. No. 02-C-1681 (40 vols.) Not Rec'd: #171-
17 04/21/2010 Substitution of Counsel/Consent; 291-Notice of Motion & Motion to Admit Ailana T. McIntosh Pro
18 04/21/2010 Hac Vice; 292--Affidavit of Aliana T. McIntosh; 293--Affidavit of Service by Mail; &
19 04/21/2010 300-Order-Aliana McIntosh)
20 05/18/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF (E-FILED)
21 05/18/2010 E-FILED MOTION (MAT)
22 05/19/2010 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (MAT) - Granted : 06/21/2010
23 06/15/2010 Supplemental Clerk's Certificate of Record 02-C-01681 (Entry nos. 1145 and 1146)
24 06/21/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF (e-mailed)
25 06/21/2010 E-FILED MOTION (ATB)
26 06/22/2010 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (MAT) - Granted : 06/22/2010
27 06/22/2010 APPELLANT BRIEF (e-filed) View
28 06/22/2010 E-FILED BRIEF (ATB)
29 06/22/2010 APPELLANT APPENDIX (e-filed)
30 06/22/2010 E-FILED APPENDIX (ATA)
31 06/24/2010 Received $123.00 for e-filed ATB & ATA (Receipt #19589)
32 06/25/2010 Received 7 copies of ATB from CSD
33 06/25/2010 Received 6 copies of ATA from CSD
34 07/09/2010 Supplemental Clerk's Certificate of Record 02-C-01680 (Entry nos. 1304 & 1305)
35 07/22/2010 Motions for Adm. Pro Hac Vice & Updated Affids of Robin Conrad, Mark Behrens, & Cary Silverman
36 07/22/2010 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief (N.D. Chamber of Commerce, et al.)
37 07/22/2010 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (Mot/File/ACB) - Granted
38 07/22/2010 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (N.D. Chamber of Commerce, et al.) View
39 07/22/2010 DISK (ACB)
40 07/22/2010 APPELLEE BRIEF, with attached Addendum (Phelps Dodge Industries, Inc.) View
41 07/22/2010 APPELLEE APPENDIX (3 Vols.)
42 07/22/2010 DISK - aeb (Phelps Dodge) (CD-ROM)
43 07/28/2010 Notice of Joinder to Brief of Phelps Dodge of Defendants A.H. Bennett Company; A.W. Kuettel & Sons,
44 07/28/2010 Inc.; Border States Industries, Inc.; Columbia Boil Company of Pottstown, P.A.; Dossert Corp.;
45 07/28/2010 Ductsox Corporation; Electric Supply Corp.; Superior Essex Inc.; Excelsior, Inc.; Foster
46 07/28/2010 Wheeler LLC; Greene, Tweed and Company; Houston Wire & Cable Company; Oakfabco, Inc.;
47 07/28/2010 RSCC Wire & Cable, Inc. (f/k/a Rockbestos-Surprenant Cable Corp.); Riley Power Inc., f/k/a
48 07/28/2010 Babcock Borsig Power Inc., f/k/a DB RIley, Inc., f/k/a Riley Stoker Corporation; RCH Newco II,
49 07/28/2010 LLC, f/k/a Robertson Ceco Corporation an alleged successor to H.H; Robertson Company;
50 07/28/2010 Sprinkmann Sons Corp. of Illinois; Stemmerich, Inc.; Weil-McLain; & Zurn Industries, LLC, f/k/a
51 07/28/2010 f/k/a Zurn Industries, Inc. (from Attorneys Brotten, Mansfield & Diehl)
52 07/28/2010 E-FILED NOTICE OF JOINDER (from Brotten, Mansfield & Diehl)
53 08/03/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME REPLY BRIEF
54 08/03/2010 E-FILED MOTION
55 08/04/2010 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 09/08/2010
56 08/04/2010 Joinder of Crane Co. (from Atty. Storslee)
57 08/04/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Crane Co. (from Atty. Storslee)
58 08/04/2010 Joinder of Jamar Co. and Walker Jamar Company (from Atty Richard Leighton)
59 08/04/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Jamar Co. and Walker Jamar Company (from Atty. Leighton)
60 08/04/2010 Joinder of S.O.S. Products Company and United Conveyor Corporation (Atty. Schach) e-filed
61 08/04/2010 E-FILED Joinder of S.O.S. Products Company and United Conveyor Corporation (Atty. Schach)
62 08/05/2010 Joinder of Bryan Steam, LLC (from Atty. Stacey Tjon Bossart)
63 08/05/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Bryan Steam, LLC (from Atty. Bossart)
64 08/05/2010 Joinder of Foseco, Inc. (from Atty. Nicholas O'Connell)
65 08/05/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Foseco, Inc. (from Atty. O'Connell)
66 08/06/2010 Joinder of Airco, Inc.; Hobart Brothers; Lincoln Electric; & Praxair Distribution, Inc.(from atty.
67 08/06/2010 Paul Oppegard)
68 08/06/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Airco; Hobart Brothers; Lincoln Electric; & Praxair (from Atty. Oppegard)
69 08/06/2010 Joinder of Graybar Electric (from Atty. Paul Oppegard)
70 08/06/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Graybar Electric (from Atty. Oppegard)
71 08/06/2010 Joinder of Inductotherm, Inc. (from Atty. Paul Oppegard)
72 08/06/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Inductothern, Inc. (from Atty. Oppegard)
73 08/06/2010 Joinder of Kelsey-Hays Company (from Atty. Paul Oppegard)
74 08/06/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Kelsey-Hays Company (from Atty. Oppegard)
75 08/09/2010 Joinder of Burnham LLC (from Atty. Ereth)
76 08/09/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Burnham LLC
77 08/10/2010 Joinder of CertainTeed Corp., H.P. Fuller Co., Foster Products Corp., Rhone Poulenc, Inc. and
78 08/10/2010 Union Carbide Corp.
79 08/10/2010 E-FILED Joinder of CertainTeed HP Fuller Foster Products Rhone Poulenc & Union Carbide(AttyDynes)
80 08/10/2010 Joinder of Fuel Economy Engineering Co. (from Atty. Michael Sharkey)
81 08/10/2010 E-FILED JOINDER of Fuel Economy Engineering Co. (from Atty. Sharkey)
82 08/11/2010 Joinder of Cleaver-Brooks, Inc. (Atty Scott Jensen) e-filed
83 08/11/2010 E-FILED Joinder of Cleaver-Brooks, Inc.
84 08/11/2010 Joinder of John Crane, Inc. (Atty Scott Jensen)
85 08/11/2010 E-FILED Joinder of John Crane, Inc.
86 08/16/2010 Joinder of Exteco, Inc. (f/k/a Thermo Electric Co.) (Atty. Scott Jensen)
87 08/16/2010 E-FILED JOINDER of EXTECO, INC. (f/k/a Thermo Electric Co.) (Atty Scott Jensen)
88 09/08/2010 REPLY BRIEF of Appellants (E-filed) View
89 09/08/2010 E-FILED BRIEF (RYB)
90 09/08/2010 Supplemental Appendix of Appellants (e-filed)
91 09/08/2010 E-FILED APPENDIX (Supplemental Appendix)
92 09/15/2010 $15.50 surcharge for Supplemental Appendix (Receipt #19962)
93 09/16/2010 Received 7 copies of RYB from CSD
94 09/16/2010 Received 6 copies of Supplement to RYB from CSD
95 09/21/2010 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
96 09/23/2010 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Schmalenberger, Allan L.
97 09/23/2010 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Hodny, William F.
98 09/29/2010 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Leclerc, Lawrence A.
99 10/07/2010 APPEARANCES: David C. Thompson; Larry L. Boschee
100 10/07/2010 ARGUED: David C. Thompson; Larry L. Boschee
101 10/07/2010 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
102 10/08/2010 1st Supplemental Clerk's Certificate of Record (entry nos. 120 - 123)
103 10/15/2010 2nd Supplemental Clerk's Certificate of Record (entry nos. 124 & 125)
104 02/18/2011 DISPOSITION
105 02/18/2011 UNANIMOUS OPINION : VandeWalle, Gerald W. View
106 02/18/2011 Costs on Appeal taxed in favor or appellees
107 02/21/2011 Judgment Sent to Parties
108 03/15/2011 MANDATE
109 03/28/2011 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE