North Dakota ex rel. Stenehjem v. Maras, et al.Annotate this Case
Terpsichore Maras appealed a default judgment issued as a sanction for discovery abuses, and a judgment dismissing her counterclaim for lack of jurisdiction. The case arises out of the Attorney General’s investigation of Maras for violation of consumer fraud protection laws. In January 2018, in a separate case, the Attorney General sought to enforce various subpoenas he issued under his power to investigate consumer fraud. The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed the default judgment, concluding the district court did not abuse its discretion. The Supreme Court also affirmed the judgment dismissing Maras’s counterclaim, concluding she failed to comply with notice requirements for claims against the State of North Dakota, which were jurisdictional.