IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
DAVID C. MOGAN,
Plaintiff and Appellant,
-vsALLSTATE MOTOR CLUB, INC.,
Defendant and Respondent.
District Court of the Tenth Judicial District,
In and for the County of Fergus,
The Honorable Peter L. Rapkoch, Judge presiding.
COUNSEL OF RECORD:
David C. Mogan, Hinsdale, Montana, (Pro Se)
William E. Berger, Wilkins and Berger, Lewistown,
Submitted on Briefs:
August 9, 1990
Justice Diane G. Barz delivered the Opinion of the Court.
David C. Mogan appeals the judgment of the District Court,
respondent, Allstate Motor Club, Inc., summary judgment, dismissing
Mogan's first amended complaint, and imposing sanctions against
substantial evidence in the record which supports the District
Court's determination that the matter should be dismissed and that
Rule 11 sanctions were appropriate.
16, 1989, Mogan
filed suit against Allstate
claiming non-payment of a $41.20 claim.
Allstate had paid the
claim in full on September 11, 1989, and on September 27, 1989,
Mogan had signed a release stating that all claims against Allstate
had been satisfied. Mogan's claim was not "well grounded in fact"
or "warranted by existing law" as required by Rule 11, M.R.Civ.P.
In addition, we find the District Court's award to Allstate of
fees totalling $1,793.75 is a
specifically authorized by Rule 11, M.R.Civ.P.
We reject Mogan's argument that the ruling is invalid because
he had insufficient notice of an earlier hearing where default
judgment was entered against him for two reasons:
proper; and 2) Mogan was present at the second hearing when the
District Court reheard the matter.
We also note that appellant Mogan has failed to pay this
Court's filing fee for appeal of this action.
Until such fee is
received, David C. Mogan is barred from bringing any further
actions in this Court.
Let remittitur issue forthwith.
See Rules 34 and
Pursuant to Section I, Paragraph 3(c), Montana Supreme Court
1988 Internal Operating Rules, this decision shall not be cited as
precedent and shall be published by its filing as a public document
with the Clerk of the Supreme Court and by a report of its result
to Montana Law Week, State Reporter and West Publishing Company.