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PHI Financial Services v. Johnston Law Office, et al.

Docket No. 20180330
Oral Argument: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 2:45 PM

Docket Info

Title
PHI Financial Services, Inc. Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Johnston Law Office, P.C., Defendant and Appellant
and
Choice Financial Group, Defendant
and
N.Starr, LLC, Lee Finstad, and Jeff Trosen, Garnishees and Appellants
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OTHER (Civil)
Appeal From
Case No. 2012-CV-00577
Northeast Central Judicial District, Grand Forks County
Steven E. McCullough
2020 ND 22937 N.W.2d 885
Oral Argument 9/24/2019

Highlight

A motion to dismiss a complaint under N.D.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) tests the legal sufficiency of the statement of the claim presented in the complaint. A complaint should not be dismissed unless it is disclosed with certainty the impossibility of proving a claim upon which relief can be granted.
An abuse of process occurs when a person uses a legal process, whether criminal or civil, against another primarily to accomplish a purpose for which it is not designed. The essential elements of an abuse-of-process claim are: (1) an ulterior purpose; and (2) a willful act in the use of the process not proper in the regular conduct of the proceeding.
A creditor must serve on the debtor a notice that a garnishee summons may be issued at least ten days before the issuance of any garnishee summons against the earnings of any person.
A claim for conversion requires proof of ‘a tortious detention or destruction of personal property, or a wrongful exercise of dominion or control over the property inconsistent with or in defiance of the rights of the owner.
A correct result will not be set aside merely because the district court relied on a different reason for its decision.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
05/01/2019 APPELLANT BRIEF View
05/31/2019 APPELLEE BRIEF (John Brakke and Vogel Law Firm, LTD) View
05/31/2019 APPELLEE BRIEF (PHI Financial Services, Inc) View
07/08/2019 REPLY BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE DeWayne Alan Johnston - 05763
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE David C. Thompson - 03921
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Ian McLean - 07320
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Joseph A Wetch - 05788

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 09/01/2018 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 09/01/2018
2 09/01/2018 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT (contained in Notice of Appeal) : 09/13/2018
3 09/10/2018 Received $125 filing fee
4 09/10/2018 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
5 09/10/2018 Notice served on DeWayne A. Johnston, Jon R. Brakke, Drew J. Hushka, & Richard P. Olson
6 09/13/2018 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED 9-13-2016
7 09/13/2018 C.O.S. FOR TRANSCRIPT
8 10/02/2018 AMENDED ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT
9 10/03/2018 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Jensen, Jon J.
10 10/03/2018 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : McEvers, Lisa K. Fair
11 10/01/2018 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 (ENTRY NOS.1-329, 331-502, 504-530, 532-739)
12 10/03/2018 1ST ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED OCTOBER 2, 2018 (ENTRY NOS. 740 & 741 )
13 11/01/2018 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED 2-21-18
14 11/01/2018 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED 3-14-18
15 11/01/2018 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED 5-16-18
16 11/01/2018 C.O.S. FOR TRANSCRIPTS
17 12/11/2018 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
18 12/11/2018 E-FILED MOTION
19 12/11/2018 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 01/02/2019
20 01/02/2019 MOTION FOR Consolidation with Supreme Court No. 20190001 (09-2018-CV-1127) - RspDue : 01/14/2019
21 01/02/2019 E-FILED MOTION
22 01/10/2019 Response Filed on behalf of PHI Financial Services, Appellee
23 01/14/2019 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (one brief limited to rule length) - Granted
24 01/14/2019 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (to accommodate consolidation w/ 20190001)
25 01/14/2019 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted : 03/04/2019
26 03/04/2019 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED JULY 30, 2018
27 03/04/2019 C.O.S. FOR TRANSCRIPT
28 04/15/2019 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
29 04/16/2019 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 04/29/2019
30 05/01/2019 APPELLANT BRIEF View
31 05/01/2019 APPELLANT APPENDIX
32 05/08/2019 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
33 05/08/2019 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 05/01/2019
34 05/13/2019 Rec'd $55.00 surcharge for ATB/ATA (Receipt No. 27060)
35 05/16/2019 Rec'd corrected ATA (margins only)
36 05/17/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of ATB/ATA from CSD
37 05/31/2019 APPELLEE BRIEF (John Brakke and Vogel Law Firm, LTD) View
38 05/31/2019 APPELLEE BRIEF (PHI Financial Services, Inc) View
39 06/05/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of AEB (Brakke) from CSD
40 06/07/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of AEB (PHI) from CSD
41 06/14/2019 MOT. EXT/TIME REPLY BRIEF
42 06/14/2019 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 07/08/2019
43 06/19/2019 Rec'd $25 surcharge from Vogel Law Firm (Receipt No. 27114)
44 06/21/2019 Rec'd $25 surcharge from Serkland Law Firm (Receipt No 27121)
45 07/08/2019 REPLY BRIEF View
46 07/16/2019 Rec'd 6 copies of RYB from CSD
47 08/02/2019 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
48 08/12/2019 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
49 08/12/2019 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Neumann, William A.
50 09/24/2019 APPEARANCES: David C. Thompson; DeWayne A. Johnston; Joseph A. Wetch; Drew J. Hushka
51 09/24/2019 ARGUED: DeWayne A. Johnston; Joseph A. Wetch; Drew J. Hushka
52 09/24/2019 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
53 01/23/2020 DISPOSITION
54 01/23/2020 UNANIMOUS OPINION : Crothers, Daniel John View
55 01/23/2020 Costs taxed in favor of Appellees
56 01/24/2020 Judgment Sent to Parties
57 03/10/2020 Corrected Opinion Page - replaces “Johnson” with “Johnston” and occurs in Paragraph 31, Line 7
58 03/10/2020 MANDATE