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Supreme Court of North Dakota.

Paul A. LUNDE, Plaintiff and Appellee v. Brad Michael PAULSON, Defendant and Appellant

No. 20180248

Decided: January 15, 2019

Scott A. Hager, Bismarck, ND, for plaintiff and appellee. Brad Paulson, self-represented, Maddock, ND, defendant and appellant.

[¶1] Brad Paulson appealed from a default judgment ordering him to pay $1.5 million in damages to Paul Lunde stemming from a May 2015 physical altercation. Paulson argues he was not properly served either the summons and complaint nor the notice of motion for default judgment.

[¶2] Rule 60(b), N.D.R.Civ.P., is the exclusive means for opening a default judgment and, when made for reasons of mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect, must be made within one year after a default judgment has been entered. Flemming v. Flemming, 2010 ND 212, ¶ 3, 790 N.W.2d 762; N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(c). We conclude there are no irregularities on the face of the default judgment, and we affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(7). See Burgard v. Burgard, 2013 ND 27, ¶ 11, 827 N.W.2d 1 (“[w]hen a default judgment is appealed, rather than a district court's order regarding a N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(b) motion to vacate the default judgment, we review the default judgment to determine if irregularities appear on the face of the judgment”).

Per Curiam.

[¶3] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J. Jon J. Jensen Lisa Fair McEvers Daniel J. Crothers Jerod E. Tufte

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