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EOG Resources, Inc. v. Soo Line Railroad Co., et al.

Docket No. 20140122
Oral Argument: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:45pm

Docket Info

Title
EOG Resources, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Soo Line Railroad Company, d/b/a Canadian
Pacific Railway, successor in interest to
Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste Marie
Railway Company; G-4 LLC Defendants, Third-Party
Plaintiffs, and Appellants
and
Jeannette E. Gere; Lori Whitten; Kim Rachford;
Skaar-Risan, LLLP; Linda G. Johnson; Joel
D. Johnson; and Whiting Oil and Gas
Corporation, Defendants and Third-
Party Plaintiffs
v.
Ralph A. Brendle, as Trustee of the Ralph A.
Brendle Trust, Ralph A. Brendle Living Trust,
Brendle Family LLLP, Arlene Sherven, Todd Sherven,
Rick Sherven, Gladys Kirton, Alan L. Loen,
Agribank, FCB, Wallace L. Nelson and Mary Ann Nelson,
individually, and as Trustees of the Nelson Family
Trust, UDT 1/10/92, Cynthia M. Roberts a/k/a Cynthia
Roberts, Jeannette E. Gere, Lori Whitten, Kim Rachford,
Linda G. Johnson, Joel D. Johnson, Michael Johnson
Trust, A.G. Andrikopoulos, AgriBank, FCB, Solomonson
Family Mineral Trust, Donna and Jerry Lyon, David
and Doreene Pusc, Michael and Lorna Pusc, Steven and
Collette Pusc, Diana and Frank Wollschlager, Panther
Creek , Dean and Sharon
Solomonson, Richard W. Frazier, 1477521 Alberta LTD,
Donald Nelson, Karolyn Nelson, Timothy Nelson, John
Zimmerman, Thomas Miller Gordon, Robert Crawford,
and all other persons unknown and claiming any
estate or interest in or lien or encumbrance upon
the property described in the Cross-Claim of the
Defendant G-4, LLC Third-Party Defendants
and
Roger Wollschlager and Amanda Olson, as Trustees
of the Betsy Amanda Wollschlager Trust, Solveigm
Swendsend, Roger Stenerson, Joan Stenerson, Cynthia
M. Roberts, Lovila Krueger, Herbert Krueger, Roger
Wollschlager, as Trustee of the Wollschlager
Irrevocable Trust, Risan Limited Partnership, State
of North Dakota, Thomas T. Ritter, John D. Larue,
as Trustee of the Stamford Minerals Organization,
Roger Wollschlager and Blane Wollschlager, individually,
and as Co-Trustees of the Betsy Amanda "Betty"
Wollschlager Irrevocable Trust, Skaar-Risan LLLP,
Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation, Berry Ventures,
Henry and Lorie Gordon, A.G Andrikopoulos Resources,
Inc., Alicia Johnson, Mark Johnson, Wollschlager
Irrevocable Mineral Trust, Ryan Family Mineral Trust,
Kootenani Resources, Strata Resources, Michael S.
Johnson Management One LLC, Michael S. Johnson
Management Two LLC, Third-Party Defendants
and Appellees
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G-4, LLC Appellant
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OIL, GAS AND MINERALS
Appeal From
Case No. 10-C-00010
North Central Judicial District, Mountrail County
Todd L. Cresap
2015 ND 187867 N.W.2d 308
Oral Argument 11/18/2014

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The primary purpose in interpreting a deed is to ascertain and effectuate the grantor's intent, and if the deed is unambiguous, we determine the grantor's intent from the deed itself considering the entire instrument.
A deed conveying property to a railroad generally conveys a fee simple interest if the deed conveys a strip, piece, parcel, or tract of land and does not contain additional language limiting the conveyance or use of the land.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
06/09/2014 APPELLANT BRIEF AND ADDENDUM (PDF) (Soo Line) View
06/09/2014 APPELLANT BRIEF (PDF)(G4, LLC) View
08/07/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF) (Wollschlager) View
08/07/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF)(Skaar-Risan) View
08/07/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (North Dakota Board of University and School Lands) View
08/08/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF)(Whiting Oil and Gas) View
08/08/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF AND ADDENDUM (PDF)(EOG RESOURCES)(non-substantive correction to brief signed 8-13-14 View
08/27/2014 REPLY BRIEF & ADDENDUM (PDF)(Soo Line) View
08/27/2014 REPLY BRIEF(PDF)(G4, LLC) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jesse Dean Mondry - 06835
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Richard P Olson - 03183
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Danielle Marie Krause - 06874
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Donald Troy Campbell - 05360
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Nathan Eric Endrud - 06799
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Brian R Bjella - 03549
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Jon R Brakke - 03554
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Michael J Maus - 03499
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Hope Lisa Hogan - 05982
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Andrew Timothy Forward - 06348
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Amy Marie Oster - 06593
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Christina M. Wenko - 06884
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Whitney M. Irish - 07240
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Lawrence Bender - 03908
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Janilyn Kay Murtha - 06956

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 04/07/2014 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 03/21/2014
2 04/07/2014 AMENDED NOTICE OF APPEAL (filed in the trial court March 24, 2014)
3 04/07/2014 SECOND NOTICE OF APPEAL (Soo Line Railroad Company)(filed in the trial court March 31, 2014)
4 04/07/2014 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
5 04/15/2014 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 04/11/2014
6 04/16/2014 Affidavit of Joseph C. Cassioppi in Support of Admission to Practice Pro Hac Vice
7 04/21/2014 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
8 04/21/2014 E-FILED MOTION
9 04/22/2014 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 06/09/2014
10 04/25/2014 04/15/2014 LETTER TO RODNEY D. LOVDAHL RETURNED UNDELIVERABLE
11 04/25/2014 04/15/2014 LETTER TO RANDY GUMM RETURNED UNDELIVERABLE
12 04/29/2014 04/15/2014 LETTER TO RODNEY D. LOVDAHL RETURNED UNDELIVERABLE (2nd mailing)
13 04/28/2014 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED April 28, 2014(ENTRY NOS.1-119, 121-278 & 280-436)Not sent:(120 & 279)
14 05/07/2014 TRANSCRIPT DATED November 4, 2013 & C.O.S.
15 05/07/2014 DISK-Tra dated (11/4/13) (e-mailed)
16 06/02/2014 Affidavit of Michael S. McCarthy in support of Admission to Practice Pro Hac Vice
17 06/09/2014 APPELLANT BRIEF AND ADDENDUM (PDF) (Soo Line) View
18 06/09/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF) (Soo Line)
19 06/09/2014 APPELLANT APPENDIX (Soo Line and G4, LLC)
20 06/09/2014 E-FILED APPENDIX (Soo Line)
21 06/09/2014 APPELLANT BRIEF (PDF)(G4, LLC) View
22 06/09/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF) (G4, LLC)
23 06/10/2014 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS BRIEF
24 06/10/2014 E-FILED MOTION
25 06/10/2014 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted
26 06/10/2014 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (PDF) View
27 06/10/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
28 06/11/2014 Rcv'd C.O.S. of Soo Line ATB & ATA on G. Kirton and M. J. Trust
29 06/11/2014 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for Amicus Brief (receipt #22835)
30 06/12/2014 Rcv'd $227 surcharge for ATB & ATA (receipt #22837)(Soo Line)
31 06/12/2014 Rcv'd non-substantive corrections to ATB (TOC & TOA ref pg #'s)(G4, LLC)
32 06/12/2014 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for ATB (receipt #22836)(G4, LLC)
33 06/13/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of ATB & 6 copies of ATA from CSD (Soo Line)
34 06/13/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of ATB from CSD (G4, LLC)
35 06/13/2014 Rcv'd non-substantive corrections to ACB (toc & toa para #'s, service)
36 06/20/2014 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF
37 06/20/2014 E-FILED MOTION
38 06/20/2014 ACTION BY CLERK (applies to all Appellees) - Granted : 08/08/2014
39 06/24/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of ACB from CSD
40 08/07/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF) (Wollschlager) View
41 08/07/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)(Wollschlager)
42 08/07/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF)(Skaar-Risan) View
43 08/07/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)(Skaar-Risan)
44 08/07/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (North Dakota Board of University and School Lands) View
45 08/07/2014 DISK (AEB)(e-mailed)(North Dakota Board of University and School Lands)
46 08/07/2014 APPELLEE APPENDIX (North Dakota Board of University and School Lands)
47 08/08/2014 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (Wollschlager)(receipt #22957)
48 08/08/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF)(Whiting Oil and Gas) View
49 08/08/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)(Whiting Oil and Gas)
50 08/08/2014 APPELLEE BRIEF AND ADDENDUM (PDF)(EOG RESOURCES)(non-substantive correction to brief signed 8-13-14 View
51 08/08/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)(EOG Resources)
52 08/11/2014 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (EOG Resources)(receipt #22958)
53 08/11/2014 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (Skaar-Risan)(receipt #22963)
54 08/11/2014 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (Whiting Oil and Gas)(receipt #22959)
55 08/11/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD (Wollschlager)
56 08/12/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD (Skaar-Risan)
57 08/13/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD (Whiting Oil and Gas)
58 08/13/2014 Rcv'd non-substantive corrections to AEB (EOG) (footnote sz)
59 08/08/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD (EOG Resources)
60 08/19/2014 MOT. EXT/TIME REPLY BRIEF
61 08/19/2014 E-FILED MOTION
62 08/19/2014 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 08/27/2014
63 08/27/2014 REPLY BRIEF & ADDENDUM (PDF)(Soo Line) View
64 08/27/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
65 08/27/2014 Request for Judicial Notice - RspDue : 09/15/2014
66 08/27/2014 E-FILED MOTION
67 08/27/2014 REPLY BRIEF(PDF)(G4, LLC) View
68 08/27/2014 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
69 09/04/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of RYB from CSD (Soo Line)
70 09/04/2014 Rcv'd 7 copies of RYB from CSD (G4, LLC)
71 09/12/2014 Response to Request for Judicial Notice Filed
72 09/18/2014 Reply to Response
73 09/19/2014 Request for Judicial Notice, Response, and Reply To Be Heard With the Merits
74 10/02/2014 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Anderson, Zane
75 10/02/2014 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
76 10/07/2014 REQUEST TO WAIVE ORAL ARGUMENT BY APPELLEE WOLLSCHLAGER
77 10/07/2014 E-FILED MOTION
78 10/21/2014 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (REQUEST TO WAIVE ORAL ARGUMENT BY APPELLEE WOLLSCHLAGER) - Granted
79 11/03/2014 REQUEST TO WAIVE ORAL ARGUMENT BY APPELLEE SKAAR-RISAN, LLC, ET AL.
80 11/03/2014 E-FILED MOTION
81 11/12/2014 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT - Granted
82 11/18/2014 APPEARANCES: Campbell, Brakke, Endrud, Cassioppi, Murtha, Bender
83 11/18/2014 ARGUED: Donald Campbell, Jon Brakke, Joseph J. Cassioppi, Janilyn K. Murtha
84 11/18/2014 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
85 07/15/2015 DISPOSITION
86 07/15/2015 SPLIT OPINION : McEvers, Lisa K. Fair View
87 07/15/2015 CONCUR AND DISSENT : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
88 07/15/2015 DISSENT : Sandstrom, Dale V.
89 07/15/2015 Costs taxed in favor of Appellants
90 07/15/2015 NO ACTION TAKEN (Request for Judicial Notice, Response, and Reply)
91 07/16/2015 Judgment Sent to Parties
92 07/16/2015 Corrected/Substitute Opinion Page (Title Pg 3)
93 08/06/2015 MANDATE
94 08/13/2015 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
95 08/24/2015 Amended Judgment
96 08/24/2015 Amended Judgment Sent to Parties