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Continental Resources v. Armstrong, et al.

Docket No. 20210060
Oral Argument: Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:45 PM

Docket Info

Title
Continental Resources, Inc., Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Phillip Armstrong, Defendant and Appellant
and
Citation 2002 Investment Limited Partnership, Defendant and Appellee
and
Paragon Oil & Gas, LLC,
Poplar Energy Company, LLC, Grandhaven
Energy, LLC, Goldline Creek, LLC, Dakota
Ventures I, LLC, and Geo Resource
Management, LLC, Defendants
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OIL, GAS AND MINERALS
Appeal From
Case No. 2017-CV-00123
Southwest Judicial District, Dunn County
William A. Herauf
2021 ND 171965 N.W.2d 57
Oral Argument 9/2/2021

Highlight

An argument is without merit if the party does not provide supportive reasoning or citations to relevant authorities.

When ambiguity exists in an instrument conveying oil and gas interests, the parties’ intent is a question of fact requiring factual findings based on extrinsic evidence.

When the operator of an oil and gas well has relied to its detriment a division order signed by an underpaid royalty owner, the underpaid owner is estopped from recovering from the operator. The estoppel rule does not apply when the underpayments are not made according to a signed division order.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
06/02/2021 APPELLANT BRIEF View
07/02/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF (Citation) View
07/06/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF View
07/16/2021 REPLY BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Lawrence Bender - 03908
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Joshua Allen Swanson - 06788
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Spencer Douglas Ptacek - 08295
APPELLANT PRO SE Phillip D. Armstrong

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 02/24/2021 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 02/24/2021
2 02/24/2021 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 02/26/2021
3 02/24/2021 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
4 02/25/2021 Received $125 filing fee
5 02/26/2021 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
6 02/26/2021 Notice served on Tom P. Slorby, Spencer D. Ptacek, Joshua A. Swanson, Amy C. Mcnulty
7 02/26/2021 GEO Resources Management, LLC & Poplar Energy Co.
8 03/24/2021 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED MARCH 23, 2021 (ENTRY NOS. 1-670)
9 03/26/2021 AMENDED ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED MARCH 26, 2021 (ENTRY NOS.1-632 & 634-671)
10 04/26/2021 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT
11 04/26/2021 E-FILED MOTION
12 04/26/2021 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT - Granted : 05/27/2021
13 04/27/2021 ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED APRIL 23, 2021 (ENTRY NOS.672-674)
14 04/28/2021 ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED April 27, 2021 (ENTRY NOS. 675 & 676 )
15 05/27/2021 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED DECEMBER 3, 2019
16 05/27/2021 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED DECEMBER 4, 2019
17 05/27/2021 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED MARCH 23, 2020
18 05/27/2021 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED JUNE 25, 2020
19 05/27/2021 Transcripts C.O.S.
20 06/02/2021 APPELLANT BRIEF View
21 06/02/2021 APPELLANT APPENDIX
22 06/10/2021 Received non-substantive corrections to Appellant's brief
23 06/11/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of ATB & ATA from CSD
24 06/14/2021 Rec'd $26 ATA overage fee (receipt #28163)
25 06/14/2021 Rec'd Amended Transcripts C.O.S.
26 07/02/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF (Citation) View
27 07/02/2021 Oral Argument Request by Appellee
28 07/06/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF View
29 07/06/2021 APPELLEE APPENDIX
30 07/08/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of AEB from CSD (Citation)
31 07/09/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of AEB & AEA from CSD (Continental)
32 07/12/2021 Rec'd $123.50 overage fee (28180)
33 07/16/2021 REPLY BRIEF View
34 07/21/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of RYB from CSD
35 08/05/2021 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
36 08/10/2021 Intent to Particpate in Oral Argument by Continental Resources
37 08/09/2021 Intent to Particpate in Oral Argument by Phillip Armstrong
38 08/16/2021 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
39 08/13/2021 As directed by Chief Justices, Phillip Armstrong not permitted to argue if represented by counsel
40 08/24/2021 MOTION TO WITHDRAW BY TOM SLORBY
41 08/26/2021 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to Motion to Withdraw
42 08/26/2021 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted
43 09/02/2021 APPEARANCES: Phillip D. Armstrong/Spencer D. Ptacek/Joshua A. Swanson
44 09/02/2021 ARGUED: Phillip D. Armstrong/Spencer D. Ptacek/Joshua A. Swanson
45 09/02/2021 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
46 09/30/2021 DISPOSITION (AND VACATED IN PART)
47 09/30/2021 UNANIMOUS OPINION : McEvers, Lisa K. Fair View
48 09/30/2021 BY ORDER OF THE COURT, NO PARTY HAVE AND RECOVER COSTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
49 09/30/2021 Judgment View
50 10/12/2021 PETITION FOR REHEARING View
51 10/13/2021 Rec'd PER from CSD
52 10/21/2021 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT - Denied View
53 10/29/2021 MANDATE