Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hillesland v. Federal Land Bank Association of Grand Forks case brief

Hillesland v. Federal Land Bank Association of Grand Forks case brief summary
407 N.W.2d 206 (1987)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Plaintiff appealed the grant of summary judgment for defendant in the District Court of Grand Forks County, Northeast Central Judicial District (North Dakota), in plaintiff's action for wrongful discharge, breach of contract, age discrimination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in an employment contract.

CASE FACTS
Plaintiff brought an action against defendant alleging violation of provisions of the Farm Credit Act, 12 U.S.C.S. §§ 2001-2260, breach of contract, age discrimination, and tortious interference with plaintiff's employment contract. Plaintiff's employment was terminated following his involvement in a questionable land deal.

DISCUSSION

  • The court here determined that there was no implied private right of action for wrongful discharge under the Farm Credit Act. 
  • Plaintiff's breach of contract claim was properly dismissed because plaintiff was employed at will. 
  • Plaintiff failed to raise a genuine issue of material fact on the age discrimination issue. 
  • The court found that defendant had the authority to discharge plaintiff and that therefore defendant's discharge of plaintiff could not constitute tortious interference with plaintiff's contract. 
  • The court refused to recognize a cause of action for breach of an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing regarding plaintiff's employment contract.

CONCLUSION
The court affirmed the grant of summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's action for wrongful discharge, breach of contract, age discrimination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, finding no error in the trial court's decision.

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