New River Coal Land Co. v. Ruffner Bros.

Decision Date20 February 1908
Docket Number757.
Citation165 F. 881
CourtU.S. Court of Appeals — Fourth Circuit

A. M. Prichard, for petitioner.

W. D. Payne, for respondents.

Before PRITCHARD, Circuit Judge, and BRAWLEY and PURNELL, District judges.


We have given careful consideration to the arguments submitted, and are of opinion that the order granting a stay of proceedings in the state court was clearly authorized by the bankruptcy act. In the administration of the affairs of insolvent persons and corporations the jurisdiction of the federal courts in bankruptcy is essentially exclusive. 'The intent of the bankruptcy law,' says the Supreme Court in Re Watts & Sachs, 190 U.S. 27, 23 Sup.Ct. 718, 47 L.Ed. 933, 'is to place the administration of affairs of insolvents exclusively under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts. ' Bankr. Act July 1, 1898, c. 541, Sec. 11a, 30 Stat. 549 (U.S. Comp. St. 1901, p. 3426); Bryan v. Bernheimer, 181 U.S. 188, 21 Sup.Ct. 557, 45 L.Ed. 814; Mueller v. Nugent, 184 U.S. 1, 22 Sup.Ct. 269, 46 L.Ed. 405; In re Knight (D.C.) 11 Am.Bankr.Rep. 1, 125 F. 35.

The judgment of the court below is affirmed.

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