994 F.2d 1311 (8th Cir. 1993), 92-2913, Nolte v. Pearson

Docket Nº:92-2913.
Citation:994 F.2d 1311
Party Name:RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 8308 Harlan NOLTE; Sharon Nolte; Ramon Nolte; Dorothy Nolte; Michael Dolphens; Dorothy Dolphens; Orville Stocker; Norma Jean Stocker, Plaintiffs, Richard L. Spencer, Plaintiff-Appellant, Ed Klanecky, Personal Representative; Plaintiff, v. Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik; Barbara E. Productions; Barbara Gelasno,
Case Date:June 03, 1993
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
 
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994 F.2d 1311 (8th Cir. 1993)

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Harlan NOLTE; Sharon Nolte; Ramon Nolte; Dorothy Nolte;

Michael Dolphens; Dorothy Dolphens; Orville

Stocker; Norma Jean Stocker, Plaintiffs,

Richard L. Spencer, Plaintiff-Appellant,

Ed Klanecky, Personal Representative; Plaintiff,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik;

Barbara E. Productions; Barbara Gelasno, formerly known as

Barbara Goldman; Tim Lane; Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney;

Polo Communications, Ltd., Defendants.

Dennis L. MOEN; Patricia A. Moen, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik;

Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara Gelasno,

formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss, a Partnership;

Arthur R. Rosenbaum; Defendants-Appellees.

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz; Stephen A. Weiss,

Defendants-Appellees,

Tim Lane; Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney, Defendants.

Carl M. ROSENBAUGH; A. Dean Wallant, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik;

Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara Gelasno,

formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman;

Tim Lane, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss, a Partnership;

Arthur R. Rosenbaum, Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise; Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliot L. Katz; Stephen A. Weiss;

Defendants-Appellees,

Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo Communications, Ltd.,

Defendants.

Ted TROMLER; Laressa Tromler; Leslie Vaughn; Donna

Vaughn; Robert Zabawa; Therese Zabawa,

Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik;

Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara Gelasno,

formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman;

Tim Lane, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss; Arthur R. Rosenbaum,

Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz; Stephen A. Weiss,

Defendants-Appellees,

Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo Communications, Inc.,

Defendants.

William F. DUCHESNE; Karoline G. Duchesne, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik;

Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara Gelasno,

formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman,

Tim Lane, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss; Arthus R. Rosenbaum,

Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz; Stephen A. Weiss,

Defendants-Appellees,

Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo Communications; Defendants.

William E. LUNDAK; Patricia A. Lundak; Charles J. Kral;

Susan K. Kral, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik;

Barbara E. Productions,Inc.; Barbara Gelasno,

formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss; Arthur R. Rosenbaum,

Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz; Stephen Weiss,

Defendants-Appellees,

Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo Communications, Defendants.

Terry GRUBBS; LaDonna Grubbs; Benny B. Clarke; Traci L.

Clarke, Plaintiffs,

Charles J. Kral; Susan K. Kral, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

Richard A. Spencer; Eileen Spencer, Plaintiffs,

Richard L. Spencer; Richard Wineteer; Jane D. Wineteer,

Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Stanley PEARSON; Jerry Denby; Christopher Kulawik; Polo

Communications, Ltd.; Joseph Keaney, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss; Arthur R. Rosenbaum,

Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz; Stephen A. Weiss,

Defendants-Appellees,

Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara Gelasno, formerly

known as Barbara E. Goldman; Tim Lane; Eugene

Weiss, Defendants.

Francis SCHRAM; Darlene Schram, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Jerry DENBY; Christopher Kulawik; Polo Communications,

Ltd.; Joseph Keaney; Eugene Weiss, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss; Arthur R. Rosenbaum,

Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz; Stephen A. Weiss,

Defendants-Appellees,

John & Jane Does, 1-10; Tim Lane; Stanley Pearson;

Barbara E. Productions; Barbara Gelasno, formerly

known as Barbara E. Goldman, Defendants.

Harold BOSE; Norma J. Bose; Gary W. Rosenberger, Vera M.

Rosenberger; John A. Heidenescher; Cheryl M.

Heidenescher, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

IFC LEASING CORPORATION; Music Leasing Company, a Division

of IFC Leasing Corporation; Stanley Pearson; Jerry Denby;

Christopher Kulawik; Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara

Gelasno, formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss, a Partnership;

Arthur R. Rosenbaum, Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz, Defendants-Appellees,

Jeffrey S. Lewis; Allan A. Masur, Defendants,

Stephen A. Weiss, Defendant-Appellee,

John Doe, 1 through 10; Jane Doe, 1 through 10; Tim Lane;

Eugene Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo

Communications, Ltd., Defendants.

Keith M. CABBAGE, Plaintiff-Appellant,

v.

IFC LEASING CORPORATION; Music Leasing Company, a division

of IFC Leasing Corporation; Stanley Pearson, Jerry Denby;

Christopher Kulawik; Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara

Gelasno; formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman; Arnold

Theis; Tim Lane, doing business as Sixlane Enterprises, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss; Arthur R. Rosenbaum,

Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz, Defendants-Appellees,

Jeffrey S. Lewis; Allen A. Masur, Defendants,

Stephen A. Weiss, Defendant-Appellee,

John Doe, 1 through 10; Jane Doe, 1 through 10; Eugene

Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo Communications, Ltd.,

Defendants.

Jerry D. WALTRIP; Karen L. Waltrip, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

IFC LEASING CORPORATION; Music Leasing Company, a division

of IFC Leasing Corporation; Stanley Pearson; Jerry Denby;

Christopher Kulawik; Barbara E. Productions, Inc.; Barbara

Gelasno, formerly known as Barbara E. Goldman; Tim Lane,

doing business as Sixlane Enterprises, Defendants,

Rosenbaum, Wise, Lerman, Katz & Weiss, a partnership;

Arthur R. Rosenbaum, Defendants-Appellees,

Aaron N. Wise, Defendant,

Marvin S. Lerman; Elliott L. Katz, Defendants-Appellees,

Jeffrey S. Lewis; Allan A. Masur, Defendants,

Stephen A. Weiss, Defendant-Appellee,

John Doe, 1 through 10; Jane Doe, 1 through 10; Eugene

Weiss; Joseph Keaney; Polo Communications, Ltd.,

Defendants.

No. 92-2913.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

June 3, 1993

        Submitted April 14, 1993.

        Rehearing and Suggestion for Rehearing En Banc Denied July 19, 1993.

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        George T. Qualley, Omaha, NE, argued for appellants.

        Patrick Shawn McCann, Omaha, NE, argued (Craig W. Feil, on the brief), for appellees.

        Before FAGG, and MAGILL, Circuit Judges, and STUART, [*] Senior District Judge.

        STUART, Senior District Judge.

       I. Introduction

        This is an appeal from an order of the district court 1 granting a directed verdict against the plaintiffs on their claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and RICO violations. For the reasons discussed below, we affirm.

       II. Factual Background

        The plaintiffs, investors in a master music recording leasing program, brought this action against the Rosenbaum law firm and its members (the law firm) who represented Music Leasing Company. Music Leasing Company is a corporation engaged in the business of acquiring and leasing master music recordings. Jerry Denby, the executive vice president of Music Leasing Company contacted Stephen Weiss, an attorney with the defendant law firm. Denby...

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