Kessler v. Ensley Land Co., 1,556.

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
Citation148 F. 1019
Docket Number1,556.
PartiesKESSLER et al. v. ENSLEY LAND CO. et al.
Decision Date13 December 1906

148 F. 1019

KESSLER et al.
v.
ENSLEY LAND CO. et al.

No. 1,556.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

December 13, 1906


J. A. W. Smith, Wm. A. Gunter, and Thomas M. Steeger, for appellants.

Jno. B. Knox and E. J. Smyer, for appellees.

Before PARDEE and SHELBY, Circuit Judges, and MEEK, District Judge.

PER CURIAM.

The matters complained of in the bill were intra vires the Ensley Land Company, and as the record shows that a majority of the directors and stockholders, at the time of bringing the suit, were not interested [148 F. 1020.] adversely to the company, the right of the complainants, as stockholders, to bring and maintain this suit, is doubtful. If the complainants can bring and maintain the bill, in prosecuting the same they can only assert the rights and equities which the company itself, if willing to sue, could assert, and any defense good against the Ensley Land Company is good against the complainants. Four years, during which the defendants, the Ensley Company and others, were exploiting the lands in controversy, elapsed before the suit was brought, and we fail to find sufficient evidence to meet the charge of laches. On the facts of the case made in the transcript, we concur with the learned judge whose exhaustive opinion is found in the record. The decree appealed from is affirmed.

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  • Liken v. Shaffer, Civil Action No. 62.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. Northern District of Iowa
    • 26 Gennaio 1946
    ...if it sued, is good against a claim asserted in its behalf in a stockholder's derivative suit. Kessler v. Ensley Land Co., 5 Cir., 1906, 148 F. 1019, certiorari denied 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921; DiTomasso v. Loverro, 1937, 250 App.Div. 206, 293 N.Y.S. 912. In equity cases whe......
  • Amen v. Black, No. 4962-4964.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
    • 19 Giugno 1956
    ...116 Misc. 366, 190 N.Y.S. 61, 75; Fletcher Cyclopedia Corporations, Perm.Ed., Vol. 13, § 6028. 12 Kessler v. Ensley Land Co., D.C., 148 F. 1019, 1020, certiorari denied 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921; Fletcher Cyclopedia Corporations, Perm.Ed., Vol. 13, § 5859. 13 Hawkins v. Glenn......
  • Rogers v. American Can Company, No. 13493-13495.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
    • 15 Giugno 1962
    ...578 (5 Cir. 1935). 11 On final hearing the bill was dismissed for laches. Kessler & Co. v. Ensley Co., 141 F. 130 (N.D.Ala.1905), aff'd 148 F. 1019 (5 Cir. 1906), cert. denied 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921 12 The court relied in part on the authority of the English case of Foss v......
  • Stewart v. Johnston, 30415.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • 14 Giugno 1948
    ...Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Austin, 168 U.S. 685, 18 S.Ct. 223, 42 L.Ed. 626; Kessler & Co. v. Ensley Co., C.C., 141 F. 130, affirmed, 5 Civ., 148 F. 1019; Certiorari denied, 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921; Federal United Corp. v. Havender, 24 Del. Ch. 318, 11 A.2d 331; Windhurst v. Cen......
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8 cases
  • Liken v. Shaffer, Civil Action No. 62.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. Northern District of Iowa
    • 26 Gennaio 1946
    ...if it sued, is good against a claim asserted in its behalf in a stockholder's derivative suit. Kessler v. Ensley Land Co., 5 Cir., 1906, 148 F. 1019, certiorari denied 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921; DiTomasso v. Loverro, 1937, 250 App.Div. 206, 293 N.Y.S. 912. In equity cases whe......
  • Amen v. Black, No. 4962-4964.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
    • 19 Giugno 1956
    ...116 Misc. 366, 190 N.Y.S. 61, 75; Fletcher Cyclopedia Corporations, Perm.Ed., Vol. 13, § 6028. 12 Kessler v. Ensley Land Co., D.C., 148 F. 1019, 1020, certiorari denied 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921; Fletcher Cyclopedia Corporations, Perm.Ed., Vol. 13, § 5859. 13 Hawkins v. Glenn......
  • Rogers v. American Can Company, No. 13493-13495.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit)
    • 15 Giugno 1962
    ...578 (5 Cir. 1935). 11 On final hearing the bill was dismissed for laches. Kessler & Co. v. Ensley Co., 141 F. 130 (N.D.Ala.1905), aff'd 148 F. 1019 (5 Cir. 1906), cert. denied 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921 12 The court relied in part on the authority of the English case of Foss v......
  • Stewart v. Johnston, 30415.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • 14 Giugno 1948
    ...Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Austin, 168 U.S. 685, 18 S.Ct. 223, 42 L.Ed. 626; Kessler & Co. v. Ensley Co., C.C., 141 F. 130, affirmed, 5 Civ., 148 F. 1019; Certiorari denied, 205 U.S. 541, 27 S.Ct. 788, 51 L.Ed. 921; Federal United Corp. v. Havender, 24 Del. Ch. 318, 11 A.2d 331; Windhurst v. Cen......
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