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Arthaud v. Fuglie

Docket No. 20220234
Oral Argument: Monday, December 19, 2022 9:30 AM

Docket Info

Title
Jim Arthaud, Plaintiff and Appellant
v.
Jim Fuglie, Defendant and Appellee
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OTHER (Civil)
Appeal From
Case No. 2021-CV-01885
South Central Judicial District, Burleigh County
Cynthia M. Feland
Oral Argument 12/19/2022

Parties' Statement of Issues

  • Appellant

    [¶ 1] Whether the district court erred when it held that the discovery rule only tolls the statute of limitations for defamation claims that are based on “inherently undiscoverable” statements.
    [¶ 2] Whether the district court erred when it held that Fuglie’s defamatory statements were inherently discoverable.

  • Appellee 1

    The issues in this case are whether the discovery rule applies to defamation claims, and if so, whether Arthaud’s claim is nevertheless time barred.


Summary

Jim Arthaud appeals a district court judgment granting Jim Fuglie’s motion to dismiss.

Arthaud sued Fuglie on October 5, 2021, alleging Fuglie published a false and defamatory blog article on the internet on August 2, 2018. Fuglie argued Arthaud’s claim was barred under the applicable statute of limitations. Fuglie subsequently filed a N.D.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss the claim. The district court held a hearing on the motion and determined Arthaud’s claim was barred under the applicable statute of limitations.

On appeal, Arthaud argues the discovery rule tolls the statute of limitations and Fuglie’s defamatory statement was not inherently discoverable.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
10/14/2022 APPELLANT BRIEF View
11/14/2022 APPELLEE BRIEF View
11/28/2022 REPLY BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Lawrence Bender - 03908
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Spencer Douglas Ptacek - 08295
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Chris A. Edison - 05362
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Mark William Vyvyan - 07957
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Katie L. Winbauer - 09260

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

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 08/15/2022 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 08/15/2022 View
2 08/15/2022 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 08/16/2022
3 08/16/2022 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV. View
4 08/16/2022 Notice Served on Lawrence Bender, Mark W. Vyvyan & Spencer D. Ptacek & Charles T. Edin
5 09/07/2022 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Crothers, Daniel John
6 09/06/2022 All Transcripts Filed in Record
7 09/08/2022 UPDATED NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV. View
8 09/08/2022 Notice on Appeal Served on Lawrence Bender, Mark W. Vyvyan & Spencer D. Ptacek and
9 09/08/2022 Chris A. Edison & Katie L. Winbauer (Incorrect counsel was previously served)
10 09/13/2022 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 (ENTRY NOS.1-51) View
11 10/14/2022 APPELLANT BRIEF View
12 10/14/2022 Oral Argument Request by Appellant
13 10/20/2022 Rec'd corrections to ATB (table of auth)
14 10/21/2022 Rec'd proof of service of corrections
15 10/25/2022 Rec'd 3 copies of ATB from CSD
16 11/14/2022 APPELLEE BRIEF View
17 11/14/2022 Oral Argument Request by Appellee
18 11/17/2022 Rec'd 3 copies of AEB back from CD
19 11/23/2022 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
20 11/23/2022 NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
21 11/28/2022 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Clark, Cherie LaVonne
22 11/28/2022 REPLY BRIEF View
23 11/30/2022 Rec'd 3 copies of RYB back from CSD
24 12/19/2022 APPEARANCES: Lawrence Bender/Mark W. Vyvyan/Chris A. Edison/Katie L. Winbauer
25 12/19/2022 ARGUED: Mark W. Vyvyan/Chris A. Edison
26 12/19/2022 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST