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Supreme Court of the United States
October 14, 17, 1932, Argued ; November 7, 1932, Decided
[*19] [**46] [***143] MR. CHIEF JUSTICE HUGHES delivered the opinion of the Court.
On July 2, 1929, the Interstate Commerce Commission made an order authorizing the New York Central Railroad Company to acquire control, by lease, of the railroad systems of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway Company (known as the 'Big Four') and of the Michigan Central Railroad Company. By order of December 2, 1929, the Commission permitted the assumption by the lessee of obligation and liability in respect of certain securities of the lessors. In this suit, a minority stockholder of each of [****14] the lessors, and of the lessee, sought to set aside these orders upon the ground that the Commission had exceeded its authority. The District Court, of three judges, upon pleadings and proofs, and having filed findings of fact and conclusions of law, denied the motion for injunction and dismissed the petition upon the merits. 54 F.2d 122. The petitioner appeals. U. S. C., Tit. 28, §§ 47, 345.
The District Court, against objection, sustained its jurisdiction. The court took the view that the petitioner, [*20] as a minority stockholder of the lessors, alleged an injury not merely derivative, but independent, being a member of a class created by the leasing agreements. 54 F.2d at p. 126; compare Pittsburgh & West Virginia Ry. Co. v. United States, 281 U.S. 479, 487. While appellees submit that there are certain contentions which appellant may not properly raise, the correctness of the decision as to jurisdiction is conceded.
The authority of the Commission to make the orders is rested upon § 5, subdivision 2, and § 20a of the Interstate Commerce Act. U. S. C., Tit. 49.1 [***144] After full [**47] hearing, and upon consideration of the purpose of the proposals, of the physical, [****15] traffic and intercorporate relationships, of investment, income and dividends, of the provisions of the proposed leases, of the benefits deemed to accrue to the public, of the particular situation of certain short lines, and of the objections raised by minority stockholders, [*21] the Commission found that the "considerations and terms and conditions" set forth in the proposed leases were "just and reasonable" and that the contemplated acquisition would be "in the public interest." The authorization was upon the express condition that before the leases became effective, the New York Central should offer to acquire specified short lines upon terms and conditions stated. Report, January 14, 1929, 150 I. C. C. 278, 321, 322. Upon proof of compliance with this condition, and upon further conditions, the acquisition was approved. Supplemental Report and Order of July 2, 1929, 154 I. C. C. 489, 494, 495. One of the conditions was that the New York Central and the 'Big Four' should not be relieved from compliance with provisions of law applicable to any assumption of obligations and liabilities by virtue of the execution of the leases. On later application [*22] for authority [****16] in that respect, the Commission found that the proposed assumption by the carriers was "for a lawful object within their corporate purposes, and compatible with the public interest, which is necessary and appropriate for and consistent with the proper performance by them of service to the public as common carriers, and which will not impair their ability to perform that service" and was "reasonably necessary and appropriate for such purpose." Report and Order of December 2, 1929, 158 I. C. C. 317, 323, 328.
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287 U.S. 12 *; 53 S. Ct. 45 **; 77 L. Ed. 138 ***; 1932 U.S. LEXIS 810 ****; 1932 Trade Cas. (CCH) P55,016
THE NEW YORK CENTRAL SECURITIES CORPORATION v. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, THE NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY, ET AL.
Prior History: [****1] APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK.
APPEAL from a decree of the District Court of three judges dismissing a bill to set aside orders of the Interstate Commerce Commission. One of the orders authorized the New York Central Railroad Company to acquire control by lease of the railroad systems of the "Big Four" and Michigan Central companies; another permitted the lessee to assume obligation and liability in respect of certain securities of the lessors. The plaintiff corporation was a minority stockholder in each of the three railroad companies.
Disposition: 54 F.2d 122, affirmed.
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