758 F.2d 936 (3rd Cir. 1985), 84-5310, Schweitzer v. Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail)
|Docket Nº:||Appeal of CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION, Intervenor in No. 84-5310.|
|Citation:||758 F.2d 936|
|Party Name:||SCHWEITZER, Josephine, Appellant, v. CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL) and the Reading Company. SEIBERT, Mildred, Individually and as Executrix of the Estate of Seibert, Paul D., Deceased, Appellant, v. CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL) the Reading Company. WENTZEL, George A., Appellant, v. CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL) and th|
|Case Date:||March 29, 1985|
|Court:||United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
Argued Dec. 13, 1984.
Rehearing and Rehearing In Banc Denied in Nos. 84-5293,
84-5310 and 84-5451 April 26, 1985.
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Joseph F. Rice, James H. Rion, Blatt & Fales, Barnwell, S.C., Frederick W. Nabhan, Nabhan & Nabhan, Allentown, Pa., Richard H. Middleton, Jr., Middleton & Anderson, Savannah, Ga., Paul Pratt, P.C., James Murray Lynn, Stack & Gallagher, P.C., Philadelphia, Pa., Weiner, Ostrager, Fieldman & Zucker, c/o Bernard Chazen (argued), Englewood, N.J., Robert J.F. Brobyn, Brobyn & Forceno, P.C., Philadelphia, Pa., J. Michael Farrell, Camden, N.J., Thomas Parks Shearer (argued), Pittsburgh, Pa., Arthur R. Miller (argued), Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., for appellants.
James D. Crawford (argued), Ralph G. Wellington, Margaret S. Woodruff, Bonnie R. MacDougal, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, Philadelphia, Pa., Bruce B. Wilson, Donald A. Brinkworth, D. Scott Morgan, Margaret W. Wiener, Consolidated Rail Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa., for Conrail.
Howard H. Lewis (argued), Alfred W. Hesse, Jr., Jeffrey S. Adler, Timothy I. McCann, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, Philadelphia, Pa., for Reading.
Stanley Weiss (argued), Alexander Cohen, Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey, Newark, N.J., for CNJ, CJI, and Timpany.
John H. Lewis, Jr., William E. Zeiter, Richard F. McMenamin, William H. Clark, Jr., Annemiek N. Young, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Philadelphia, Pa., Robert J. Siverd, David A. Bernat, The Penn Central Corporation, Greenwich, Conn., for amicus, Penn Central.
Before SEITZ, GARTH, and HIGGINBOTHAM, Circuit Judges.
SEITZ, Circuit Judge.
These appeals, in the various procedural postures set forth in Part I, infra, call upon us to interpret Sec. 77 of the Bankruptcy Act of 1898 ("section 77"), as amended, formerly codified at 11 U.S.C. Sec. 205 (repealed 1978). Among the questions presented is whether a plaintiff in an asbestos-related personal injury action who had no manifest injury prior to the consummation date of his employer's reorganization in bankruptcy had a dischargeable "claim" within the meaning of section 77.
Former railroad workers, representatives and survivors brought tort actions against The Reading Company ("Reading") and other defendants in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania pursuant to the Federal Employers' Liability Act, 45 U.S.C. Sec. 51 et seq. (1982) ("F.E.L.A."). Subject matter jurisdiction existed pursuant to 28 U.S.C....
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