Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 17,300+ case briefs...

Hillesland v. Federal Land Bank Association of Grand Forks

Supreme Court of North Dakota
407 N.W.2d 206 (1987)


Hillesland (plaintiff) was a long-term senior employee of Federal Land Bank Association of Grand Forks (Association) (defendant). Through his position, Hillesland learned that Ray and Eva Westby, customers of the Association, wanted to sell their property to a third party. Hillesland contacted the Westbys to offer financial counseling. Through a series of events, the Westbys ended up selling their property to Hillesland’s sons. The Federal Land Bank of St. Paul (the Bank) (defendant) launched an investigation of the circumstances based on an apparent conflict of interest cause by Hillesland. When the investigation concluded, the Bank informed Hillesland that his employment was being terminated because he had violated written standards of conduct, had damaged the image and reputation of the Association and the Bank, and had exercised poor business judgment. Hillesland brought suit in North Dakota state court alleging violation of provisions of the Farm Credit Act, breach of contract, age discrimination, and tortious interference by the Bank with Hillesland’s employment contract with the Association. The trial court granted summary judgment for the Association and the Bank on all of Hillesland’s claims. Hillesland appealed. On appeal, the appellate court first dismissed all Hillesland’s claims involving the Farm Credit Act, age discrimination, and tortious interference by the Bank with Hillesland’s employment contract. The appellate court then considered in depth Hillesland’s breach of contract claim.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Erickstad, C.J.)

Dissent (Pederson, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 457,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 457,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 17,300 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial