Coleman v. Thompson, 4067

Decision Date19 December 1957
Docket NumberNo. 4067,4067
Citation319 P.2d 541,73 Nev. 345
PartiesRonald COLEMAN, Chief Building Inspector of the City of Reno, County of Washoe, State of Nevada, Appellant, v. John THOMPSON, Respondent.
CourtNevada Supreme Court

Samuel B. Francovich, City Atty., Bruce D. Roberts and Roy E. Torvinen, Asst. City Attys., Reno, for appellant.

Grubic, Drendel & Bradley, Reno, for respondent.


This case is before us on motion of respondent to dismiss the appeal of appellant for failure to file opening brief within the time prescribed by rule. That time expired October 14, 1957. Neither stipulation nor court order granting additional time was sought by appellant. Motion to dismiss was filed December 9, 1957 and was submitted December 11, 1957. The judgment from which this appeal is taken was entered May 31, 1957, pursuant to the district judge's decision announced some months prior thereto.

Appellant's explanation for this extraordinary lapse of time is that the City of Reno has been seeking settlement of the dispute and that the parties to this matter have been engaged in negotiations throughout the major portion of the time involved. He explains that such negotiations required consideration by the city council of the city of Reno and that such consideration necessarily involves more time than would be necessary in the case of an individual party. Respondent denies that there was any course of negotiations. He asserts that an offer of settlement had been made by him prior to judgment below, which offer had remained open, but from which he had not deviated in any counter proposal. He asserts that the 'negotiations' to which appellant refers were nothing more than a series of offers by the city which he had rejected.

There can be no doubt of the sincerity of the belief of counsel for appellant that steps looking towards settlement were regarded by both parties as a desirable prelude to proceeding with this appeal. Nor can there be any doubt of the sincerity of respondent in asserting that in this respect appellant was mistaken in his belief and that respondent had no interest in further proposals of the city which did not meet the terms of his offer. We are thus faced with procedural neglect resulting from an honest misunderstanding. Our question upon this motion is whether such misunderstanding may be held to constitute good cause for relief from such neglect. In our view it may not.

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