June 7, 2012
GARY A. HANGSLEBEN,
PLAINTIFF AND APPELLANT
GAIL R. HALVERSON, DEFENDANT AND APPELLEE
Appeal from the District Court of Grand Forks County, Northeast Central Judicial District, the Honorable Debbie Gordon Kleven, Judge.
N.D. v. Halverson,
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2012 ND 106
[¶1] Gary A. Hangsleben appeals a district court judgment dismissing his claims against his sister, Gail R. Halverson, and awarding Halverson costs and attorney's fees. The district court found Hangsleben's nineteen allegations relating to the estates of his parents, Gust and Delores Hangsleben, and to the death of Delores Hangsleben were barred by res judicata because they were or should have been raised in two prior probate proceedings in Polk County, Minnesota, and a prior civil proceeding in Grand Forks County, North Dakota. See Hangsleben v. Halverson, 2012 ND 42, 809 N.W.2d 833 (summarily affirming the dismissal of the North Dakota civil proceeding). The district court found Hangsleben's claims were frivolous and awarded Halverson costs and attorney's fees. Hangsleben argues the district court erred by (1) granting summary judgment because he raised genuine issues of material fact and (2) awarding costs and attorney's fees because his claims were not frivolous. We affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(4) and (6).
[¶2] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J. Daniel J. Crothers Dale V. Sandstrom Carol Ronning Kapsner Mary Muehlen Maring
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