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Zander, et al. v. Morsette

Docket No. 20200211
Oral Argument: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:45 AM

Docket Info

Title
Lee Zander individually and as Executor of
the Estate of Taylor Goven, deceased; and
Lee Zander on behalf of the heirs and next
of kin of Taylor Goven, deceased; and
Jason Renschler, individually and as
Executor of the Estate of Abby Renschler,
deceased; and Jason Renschler and Sandra
Renschler on behalf of the heirs and next of
kin of Abby Renschler, deceased; and
Shayna Monson, Plaintiffs and Appellees
v.
Jordan Morsette, Defendant and Appellant
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OTHER (Civil)
Appeal From
Case No. 2016-CV-02137
South Central Judicial District, Burleigh County
Daniel James Borgen
2021 ND 84959 N.W.2d 838
Oral Argument 2/2/2021

Highlight

In a wrongful death action, a plaintiff is entitled to damages for injuries resulting from the death. Damages resulting from negligence preceding the death is not compensable under N.D.C.C. §§ 32-21-02 or 32-03.2-04.

At trial, relevant evidence is admissible, and irrelevant evidence is not admissible. Because the defendant admitted liability for the plaintiff’s damages, evidence of the defendant’s intoxication is not relevant in determining compensatory damages.

If a party fails to object to a jury instruction, this Court’s review is limited to whether a plain error exists in the instructions affecting substantial rights.

Punitive damages may be awarded against a defendant whose conduct is oppressive, fraudulent, or malicious. To support a punitive damages claim, the plaintiff must present sufficient evidence to support a finding that a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates conduct with a state of mind evincing an intent to harm or injure another person.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
11/05/2020 APPELLANT BRIEF View
01/07/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF View
01/21/2021 REPLY BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Steven J. Leibel - 07361
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jeffrey Scott Weikum - 05344
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Tyler Johnson Siewert - 06910
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Sean F. Marrin - 07847
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Thomas A. Dickson - 03800
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Chad Christopher Nodland - 05120

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 08/11/2020 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 08/11/2020
2 08/13/2020 Rec'd $125.00 filing fee
3 08/17/2020 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
4 08/17/2020 Notice Served on Sean F. Marrin, Jeffrey S. Weikum, Thomas A. Dickson, Chad C. Nodland
5 08/17/2020 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 08/17/2020
6 08/18/2020 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE admission of Kay Nord Hunt
7 08/19/2020 Rec'd correction to motion for pro hac vice admission
8 08/25/2020 Rec'd correction to motion for pro hac vice admission
9 09/02/2020 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 09/01/2020
10 09/09/2020 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 (ENTRY NOS. 1-21, 23-204, 206-215, 217-226, 229-359)
11 09/09/2020 (NOT REC'D #22, 205, 216, 227 & 228)
12 09/23/2020 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED OCTOBER 15, 2019
13 09/23/2020 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED OCTOBER 25, 2019
14 09/23/2020 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED OCTOBER 31, 2019 TO NOVEMBER 1, 2019
15 09/23/2020 TRANSCRIPT C.O.S.
16 10/08/2020 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED JUNE 11, 2020
17 10/08/2020 TRANSCRIPT C.O.S.
18 11/05/2020 APPELLANT BRIEF View
19 11/05/2020 Oral Argument Request by Appellant
20 11/05/2020 APPELLANT APPENDIX
21 11/06/2020 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to ATB and ATA
22 11/09/2020 Rec'd 5 copies of ATB and 4 copies of ATA back from CD
23 11/24/2020 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF
24 11/25/2020 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 12/18/2020
25 12/11/2020 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF
26 12/16/2020 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted : 01/07/2021
27 01/07/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF View
28 01/07/2021 Oral Argument Request by Appellee
29 01/07/2021 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE BRIEF OF AMICAS CURIAE
30 01/07/2021 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted
31 01/07/2021 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF View
32 01/11/2021 Rec'd non-substantive corrections for AEB
33 01/14/2021 MOT. EXT/TIME REPLY BRIEF
34 01/14/2021 ACTION BY CLERK (3 extra pages granted for RYB) - Granted : 01/25/2021
35 01/15/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of AEB and 5 copies of ACB back from CD
36 01/20/2021 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
37 01/21/2021 REPLY BRIEF View
38 01/22/2021 Rec'd C.O.S.for RYB
39 01/26/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of RYB from CD
40 02/02/2021 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
41 02/02/2021 APPEARANCES: Sean F. Marrin; Kay Nord Hunt; Jeffrey S. Weikum; Thomas A. Dickson; Chad C. Nodland
42 02/02/2021 ARGUED: Kay Nord Hunt; Jeffrey S. Weikum; Chad C. Nodland
43 05/13/2021 DISPOSITION
44 05/13/2021 UNANIMOUS OPINION : Tufte, Jerod E. View
45 05/13/2021 Costs taxed in favor of Appellant
46 05/13/2021 Judgment
47 06/14/2021 MANDATE