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House v. Cole, CUMcv-07-107 (Cumberland Super. Ct., 2008)

House v. Cole, CUMcv-07-107 (Cumberland Super. Ct., 2008)

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S T A T E O F M A IN E
S U P E R IO R C O U R T
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B e fo re th e c o u rt is p la in tiff A n n a m a rieT ru s ia n i's m o tio n fo r sum m ary ju d g m e n t
o n C o u n ts IIa n d III o f th e c o m p la in t.
Sum m ary ju d g m e n t s h o u ldb e g ra n te di f there isn o g e n u in ed is p u te ast oa n y
m aterial facta n d th e m ovant is en titled toju d g m e n t as am a tte r o f law .

I nc o n s id e rin g a m o tio nfo r sum m ary ju d g m e n t, th e c o u rt is re q u ire d to c o n s id e r o n lyth e p o rtio n s o f th e re c o rdre fe rre d toa n d th e m a te ria l facts s e t fo rthi nth e p a rtie s ' R u le 5 6 (h ) s ta te m e n ts .

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T he
fa c ts
m ustb e
c o n s id e re di n th e lig h tm ost fa v o ra b le to th e n o n -m o v in gp a rty .
Id .
Thus, forp u r p o s e s
o f
sum m ary
ju d g m e n t,
a n y
fa c tu a l
d is p u te s
m ustb e
r e s o lv e d
a g a in s tth e
m o v a n t.
N evertheless, w hen
the facts offered by
ap a rtyi no p p o s itio n
t o
sum m ary
ju d g m e n t
w o u ld
not, if offered
a t trial,b e sufficient to
w ith s ta n d
am o tio n
forju d g m e n t as a
m a tte r o f la w , sum m ary ju d g m e n t s h o u ldb e g ra n te d .
R odriguev . Rodrigue, 1997 M E
9 9
<JI8 ,694 A .2d 924,9 2 6 .
T h ein s ta n t m o tio n fo r sum m ary ju d g m e n t isb a s e du p o n tw o prom issory n o te s .!
D efendant D a n ie l C o leh a sa d m itte d
th a th ei si n
d e fa u lt o f h is o b lig a tio n so n
th o s e
n o te s .
S e eT r u s i a n iSM F
<J[<J[ 12,2 7 (ad m itted ).
C o leh a sn o t o ffereda n y facts th a t w o u ld
a b s o lv e
h im
o f th o s e
d e fa u lts .
A c c o rd in g ly , T ru s ia n i is e n title d
t o
p a rtia l sum m ary
ju d g m e n tw it hr e s p e c t to C o le 's lia b ilityo n th e tw o p r o m is s o r y n o te si n q u e s tio n .
Cole has, how ever, raised factuald is p u te sa st o th ea m o u n tsd u eo n th e n o te s ,
a n dth ei s s u e o f dam ageso n C o u n tsI I a n d III thereforere m a in s tob e d e te rm in e da t a
t r i a l .
C o leh a s alsoa r g u e d th a tsum m ary ju d g m e n t isp re m a tu re as toth ea m o u n tsd u e
o n C o u n tsIIa n d III b e c a u s eh eh a sn o ty e t c o m p le te d d is c o v e ry , c itin g R u le 5 6 (f).
O n

th is is s u e C o le m ayn o th a v e s tric tly c o m p lie d w ith R u le 5 6 (f),b u tth ec o u r t a g re e sth a t h eh a s s e t fo rtha na d e q u a te b a s is fo r a llo w in g d is c o v e ry w ith re s p e c tt o th ea m o u n ts d u e .

S e eB ayV iew
B a n k N .A .v .H ig h la n d G o lfM ortgagees R e a lty T r u s t,2 0 0 2M E 1 7 8
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8 1 4
A .2 d
449, 454-55.
I n
a n y
e v e n t, b e c a u s e
th e
c o u r tc o n c lu d e s
th e re
a re
fa c tu a l
d is p u te s a s toth e a m o u n ts d u e , C o le w illh a v e h is o p p o rtu n ity fo r d is c o v e ry .
T he
c o u r ta l s o
a g r e e s
th a tw h ile
i ti s
u n d is p u te d
th a t
th e
prom issory
n o te s
re q u ire C ole top a y
reasonable attorneys feesa n d
c o stsi nth ee v e n to f a d e fa u lt, th e
c o u r tc a n n o td e te rm in eo n this recordw h e th e rth e feess o u g h ti nT ru s ia n i's sum m ary
ju d g m e n t m o tio na rer e a s o n a b l e .
F in a lly , b e c a u s e dam agesrem ain u n d e te rm in e d ,th e
c o u r td o e sn o tn e e d
to re a c h T ru s ia n i'sr e q u e s t fo rth ee n try o f ju d g m e n tu n d e r R u le
5 4 (b ).
E v e ni f dam agesw ere d e te rm in e d , h o w e v e r, th e c o u rt w o u ldb e h ig h ly u n lik e ly
t o
e n te ra
p a rtia lfin a lju d g m e n tp u r s u a n t to
R u le 5 4 (b )w here
th e re
a re
u n r e s o lv e d
c la im s p e n d in g , in c lu d in g c o u n te rc la im s a g a in s t th e p la in tiffsb y ad e f e n d a n t .
T he e n try shall be:
1
R e m a in in gt ob e d e c id e d are a claim
fo r dam agesb y p la in tiff C la rk H ouse fo ra lle g e db r e a c h
o fa leasea n dd e fe n d a n t'sc o u n te rc la im
a lle g in gth a t p la in tiffsb r e a c h e d th el e a s ea n d a re lia b le
fo r n e g lig e n c e .
2
P a rtia l sum m ary
ju d g m e n ts h a l lb e
e n te re d
i n
f a v o r

o f p la in tiffT r u s i a n ia n d a g a in s td e f e n d a n tC o led e te rm in in gth a t C o le is lia b let oT r u s i a n io n C o u n ts IIa n dI I Io f th ec o m p la in t.

T heis s u e so fdam agesa n da tto rn e y sfe e so n C o u n ts IIa n dI I I rem aint o
b e d e te rm in e da tt r i a l .
T he c le rk is d ire c te dt oin c o rp o ra te th is o rd e ri n th ed o c k e tb y re fe re n c ep u r s u a n t
t o R ule 79(a).
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IS -,2 0 0 8
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