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PHI Financial Services, Inc. v. Johnston Law Office, P.C., et al.

Docket No. 20150008
Oral Argument: Monday, September 14, 2015 1:30pm

Docket Info

Title
PHI Financial Services, Inc., Plaintiff, Appellee, and Cross-Appellant
v.
Johnston Law Office, P.C., Defendant, Appellant, and Cross-Appellee
and
Choice Financial Group, Defendant, Appellee, and Cross-Appellant



Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : TORTS (NEGLIGENCE, LIAB., NUIS.)
Appeal From
Case No. 2012-CV-00577
Northeast Central Judicial District, Grand Forks County
Thomas E. Merrick
2016 ND 20874 N.W.2d 910
Oral Argument 9/14/2015

Highlight

A party that acts as a "mere conduit" for a transfer of funds is not a "first transferee" for purposes of liability under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.
Whether reasonably equivalent value has been received in exchange for a transfer is a question of fact subject to the clearly erroneous standard of review.
Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a creditor may obtain a money judgment on the debt and foreclose on collateral in one or more proceedings if there is no double recovery.
The perfection of security interests in intangible collateral is governed by the law of the debtor's location.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
05/14/2015 APPELLANT BRIEF (PDF)(non-substantive correction to brief signed May 19, 2015) View
06/15/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF) PHI Financial View
06/16/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF AND ADDENDUM (PDF) Choice Financial View
07/13/2015 REPLY BRIEF (PDF)(JOHNSTON LAW OFFICE, P.C.) View
07/27/2015 REPLY BRIEF (CHOICE FINANCIAL GROUP)(PDF) View
07/29/2015 REPLY BRIEF (PDF) (PHI) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE David C Thompson - 03921
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Neil Jeffrey Roesler - 06783
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jon R Brakke - 03554
APPELLANT PRO SE DeWayne Alan Johnston - 05763
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Richard P Olson - 03183
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Wanda L Fischer - 05128

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 01/13/2015 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 01/13/2015
2 01/20/2015 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 01/21/2015
3 01/21/2015 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
4 01/21/2015 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
5 01/21/2015 Notice served on DeWayne Alan Johnston, Jon R. Brakke, and Richard P. Olson
6 01/26/2015 NOTICE OF CROSS APPEAL (PHI Financial Services, Inc.)
7 01/26/2015 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF CROSS-APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
8 01/26/2015 Notice served on DeWayne Alan Johnston, Jon R. Brakke, and Richard P. Olson
9 01/26/2015 AMENDED NOTICE OF APPEAL W/ PRELIMINARY ISSUES
10 01/27/2015 NOT. OF FILING AMENDED NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
11 01/27/2015 Notice served on DeWayne Alan Johnston, Jon R. Brakke, and Richard P. Olson
12 01/30/2015 Judgment entered in district court
13 02/05/2015 NOTICE OF AMENDED CROSS APPEAL (PHI Financial Services, Inc.)
14 02/05/2015 NOT. OF FILING AMENDED NOT. OF CROSS-APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
15 02/05/2015 Notice served on DeWayne Alan Johnston, Jon R. Brakke, and Richard P. Olson
16 02/12/2015 NOTICE OF CROSS APPEAL (Choice Financial Group)
17 02/16/2015 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
18 02/16/2015 Notice served on DeWayne Alan Johnston, Jon R. Brakke, and Richard P. Olson
19 02/10/2015 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED FEBRUARY 10, 2015 (ENTRY NOS.1-329, 331-425)(Item #330 not in ODY)
20 02/19/2015 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED August 12 &13, 2014 & C.O.S. (2 volumes)
21 02/24/2015 EMERGENCY MOTION FOR STAY AND BRIEF IN SUPPORT
22 02/24/2015 E-FILED MOTION
23 02/25/2015 Rcv'd C.O.S for TRA on Richard Olson
24 02/25/2015 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (temporary stay granted)
25 02/26/2015 Supplement to Emergency Motion for Stay
26 03/02/2015 Response Filed to Motion for Emergency Stay
27 03/02/2015 EFILED RESPONSE
28 03/04/2015 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (stay granted upon filing of $80,000 supersedeas bond w/ dist. court) - Granted
29 03/14/2015 1ST ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED MARCH 13, 2015 (ENTRY NOS.1-329 & 331-456)
30 03/20/2015 1ST AMENDED ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED MARCH 20, 2015 (ENTRY NOS.426-457)
31 03/31/2015 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
32 03/31/2015 E-FILED MOTION
33 03/31/2015 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 04/30/2015
34 04/29/2015 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
35 04/29/2015 E-FILED MOTION
36 04/29/2015 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted : 05/14/2015
37 05/14/2015 APPELLANT BRIEF (PDF)(non-substantive correction to brief signed May 19, 2015) View
38 05/14/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
39 05/14/2015 APPELLANT APPENDIX
40 05/14/2015 E-FILED APPENDIX
41 05/19/2015 Rcv'd non-substantive corrections to ATB (footnotes)
42 05/21/2015 Rcv'd 7 copies of ATB & 6 copies of ATA from CSD
43 05/26/2015 Rcv'd $169.50 surcharge for ATB & ATA (receipt #23633)
44 06/02/2015 2ND ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JUNE 1, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 458-468)
45 06/15/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF (PDF) PHI Financial View
46 06/15/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
47 06/16/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF AND ADDENDUM (PDF) Choice Financial View
48 06/16/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
49 06/17/2015 Rec'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (23677) (PHI Financial)
50 06/18/2015 Rec'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (Receipt 23680) Choice Financial Group, Inc.)
51 06/19/2015 Rec'd 7 copies of AEB from Central Duplicating? Choice Financial
52 06/22/2015 Rec'd 7 copies of AEB from Central Duplicating (PHI Financial)
53 07/06/2015 Received non-compliant RYB (over word limit)
54 07/13/2015 REPLY BRIEF (PDF)(JOHNSTON LAW OFFICE, P.C.) View
55 07/13/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
56 07/15/2015 Received 7 copies of RYB from Central Duplicating
57 07/27/2015 REPLY BRIEF (CHOICE FINANCIAL GROUP)(PDF) View
58 07/27/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (CHOICE FINANCIAL GROUP)(PDF)
59 07/28/2015 Rcv'd 7 copies of RYB from CSD (Choice Financial Group)
60 07/31/2015 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
61 07/29/2015 REPLY BRIEF (PDF) (PHI) View
62 07/29/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
63 08/04/2015 Received 7 copies of the RYB from Central Duplicating
64 08/07/2015 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Paulson, John T.
65 08/05/2015 3RD ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED AUGUST 4, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 469-479)
66 08/06/2015 4TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED AUGUST 5, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 480-481)
67 06/11/2015 5TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED AUGUST 10, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 482-487)
68 09/14/2015 APPEARANCES: DeWayne Johnston & David Thompson/Jon Brakke/Richard Olson
69 09/14/2015 ARGUED: Johnston/Brakke/Olson
70 09/14/2015 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
71 09/16/2015 Supplemental citations under N.D.R.App.P. 28(k) from Appellant
72 09/21/2015 6TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 488-490)
73 09/23/2015 7TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 491-492)
74 09/28/2015 8TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 493-495)
75 10/14/2015 9TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED OCTOBER 13, 2015 (ENTRY NOS.496-499)
76 10/23/2015 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED September 18, 2015 & C.O.S. (Electronic Only)
77 11/02/2015 Rec'd proof of service of transcript on all parties
78 11/02/2015 10TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED OCTOBER 30, 2015 (ENTRY NOS.500-502)
79 12/15/2015 11TH ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED DECEMBER 14, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 504-506)
80 01/26/2016 DISPOSITION (AND REMANDED)
81 01/26/2016 SPLIT OPINION : Crothers, Daniel John View
82 01/26/2016 Concuring and Dissenting : Sandstrom, Dale V.
83 01/26/2016 By Order of the Court costs to neither party
84 01/27/2016 Judgment Sent to Parties
85 02/05/2016 Mot. Ext/Time Petition for Rehearing
86 02/05/2016 E-FILED MOTION
87 02/05/2016 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 02/25/2016
88 02/26/2016 PETITION FOR REHEARING (PDF) View
89 02/26/2016 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
90 02/29/2016 Received 7 copies of PER from CSD
91 03/28/2016 DENIED PETITION FOR REHEARING - Denied
92 04/05/2016 MANDATE