361 F.2d 751 (4th Cir. 1966), 10411, Hardesty v. Keightley

Docket Nº:10411.
Citation:361 F.2d 751
Party Name:David B. HARDESTY, Appellant, v. Ralph D. KEIGHTLEY, Jr., Trustee in Bankruptcy, Appellee. In the Matter of David Edmond Hardesty, Individually, and d/b/a Hardesty's Department Store, Bankrupt.
Case Date:May 25, 1966
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
 
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361 F.2d 751 (4th Cir. 1966)

David B. HARDESTY, Appellant,

v.

Ralph D. KEIGHTLEY, Jr., Trustee in Bankruptcy, Appellee. In the Matter of David Edmond Hardesty, Individually, and d/b/a Hardesty's Department Store, Bankrupt.

No. 10411.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

May 25, 1966

Submitted Feb. 11, 1966.

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Philip T. Lilly, Jr., Bluefield, W. Va., on motion of appellee to affirm or dismiss.

John F. Somerville, Jr., Keyser, W. Va., on brief and memorandum in opposition to motion.

Before HAYNSWORTH, Chief Judge, BELL, Circuit Judge, and HUTCHESON, District Judge.

STERLING HUTCHESON, District Judge:

The issue presented is a narrow one involving the construction of Section 67(c) of the Bankruptcy Act (11 U.S.C. § 67(c)) as amended in 1960 by which amendment a limit of ten days was placed upon the time within which a person aggrieved by an order of a referee may petition for review by a judge. The pertinent facts follow.

On September 28, 1965, an order was entered by the referee in bankruptcy for the Southern District of West Virginia requiring the Appellant, David B. Hardesty, to make certain payments to the Trustee in Bankruptcy, the Appellee. On October 6, 1965, the Appellant petitioned the referee to grant him a hearing and an opportunity to testify. That petition was summarily denied by order of the referee on October 8, 1965. On October 18, the Appellant filed a petition as a 'person aggrieved' for a review by a judge of the findings of the referee. On November 15, the United States District Judge dismissed the petition for appeal for want of jurisdiction. On November 29, Appellant appealed to this court from that order.

The trustee in bankruptcy, the Appellee, has filed a motion to affirm the order of the District Court or to dismiss the appeal upon the ground that the petition for review in the District Court was not timely.

Appellee contends that the 10 day period began on September 28, the date of the order entered by the referee requiring the Appellant to make payment to the trustee.

Appellant contends that the 10 day limitation during which petition may be filed for review by the District Judge should begin on October 8, 1965, the date upon which the referee denied the petition filed on October 6.

In 1960, Section 67(c) was amended. That section provided that a person...

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