No. 20020335.

666 N.W.2d 448 (2003)

2003 ND 122

Robert RINGSAKER, Claimant and Appellee, v. The NORTH DAKOTA WORKERS COMPENSATION BUREAU, Appellant, and Yellow Freight System, Respondent.

Supreme Court of North Dakota.

July 18, 2003.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stephen D. Little, Dietz & Little Lawyers, Bismarck, N.D., for claimant and appellee.

Lawrence A. Dopson, Special Assistant Attorney General, Bismarck, N.D., for appellant.


[¶ 1] The North Dakota Workers Compensation Bureau ("Bureau") appealed from a district court judgment requiring the Bureau to accept Robert L. Ringsaker's claim and provide benefits. We conclude the district court reasonably decided to sanction the Bureau for its tardy filing of a brief, but conclude the court abused its discretion in the sanction imposed. We reverse the judgment and remand for further proceedings.



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