Pennsylvania Co., for Ins., on Lives and Grantlng Annuities v. Cox

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Delaware
Writing for the CourtLAYTON, C. J.
Citation199 A. 671,23 Del.Ch. 193
PartiesTHE PENNSYLVANIA COMPANY FOR INSURANCES ON LIVES AND GRANTLNG ANNUITIES, a Pennsylvania Corporation, and A. MERRITT TAYLOR, Trustees under the will of John Sellers, Jr., Deceased, and FRANK S. GARRETT, Holders of Common Stock of Edge Moor Iron Company, a dissolved corporation of the State of Delaware, Appellants, v. FRANK G. COX and JOHN H. SHIVELY, Receivers by appointment of the Chancellor of the State of Delaware of said Edge Moor Iron Company, Petitioners Below, and FRANK G. COX, JOHN H. SHIVELY and WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, a Delaware Corporation, Trustees under the Will of William F. Sellers, Deceased, holders of preferred stock of said Edge Moor Iron Company, and EDGE MOOR IRON COMPANY, a dissolved corporation of the State of Delaware, and HELEN S. GARRETT, Appellees
Decision Date19 April 1938

199 A. 671

23 Del.Ch. 193

THE PENNSYLVANIA COMPANY FOR INSURANCES ON LIVES AND GRANTLNG ANNUITIES, a Pennsylvania Corporation, and A. MERRITT TAYLOR, Trustees under the will of John Sellers, Jr., Deceased, and FRANK S. GARRETT, Holders of Common Stock of Edge Moor Iron Company, a dissolved corporation of the State of Delaware, Appellants,
v.

FRANK G. COX and JOHN H. SHIVELY, Receivers by appointment of the Chancellor of the State of Delaware of said Edge Moor Iron Company, Petitioners Below, and FRANK G. COX, JOHN H. SHIVELY and WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, a Delaware Corporation, Trustees under the Will of William F. Sellers, Deceased, holders of preferred stock of said Edge Moor Iron Company, and EDGE MOOR IRON COMPANY, a dissolved corporation of the State of Delaware, and HELEN S. GARRETT, Appellees

Supreme Court of Delaware

April 19, 1938


APPEAL from a decree of the Court of Chancery.

Edge Moor Iron Company, a Delaware Corporation was in process of dissolution. Frank G. Cox and John H. Shively, were, on December 18, 1935, appointed receivers by the Chancellor.

In 1919, the charter of the company was amended so as to provide for the issuance of preferred stock, the pertinent provisions of the amendment being as follows:

"The preferred stock shall primarily receive dividends, when and as declared out of the surplus or net earnings of the corporation, at the rate of six per centum per annum, payable semi-annually on the first day of April and October in each year; the dividends on the preferred stock shall be paid or set apart before any dividend shall be paid on the common stock. In the event of any liquidation or dissolution or winding up of the Company, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, the holders of the preferred stock shall be paid in full the par value of their shares with all unpaid dividends thereon to the date of such payment before any amount shall be paid to the holders of the common stock. The preferred stock shall be subject to redemption in whole or in part, at One Hundred and Two Dollars and Fifty Cents per share on the first day of April, nineteen hundred and twenty, or on the first day of April or October at any time thereafter. If less than the whole number of preferred shares shall be redeemed at any time, the shares to be redeemed shall be selected by the treasurer of the Company by lot; or, in such other manner as the Board of Directors may determine. Both the preferred and common stock of the corporation shall be entitled to vote on all questions coming before the stockholders.

"The common stock shall be entitled to receive all other dividends that may be declared by the Board of Directors from surplus or net earnings, but no such dividends shall be payable until after the dividends shall be paid on the preferred stock."

At the time of the amendment, Section 13 of the General Corporation Law (Revised Code 1915, Sec. 1927, as amended by 29 Del. Laws, c. 113, Sec. 7) was, in part, as follows:

"Every corporation shall have power to create two or more classes of stock, with such designations, preferences and voting powers, or restrictions or qualifications thereof, as shall be stated and expressed in the certificate of incorporation; and the power to increase or decrease the stock, as in this act elsewhere provided, shall apply to any or all of the classes of stock. Any or all classes of preferred stock may, if desired,...

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  • Goldman v. Postal Telegraph, Civil Action No. 342.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Delaware)
    • November 23, 1943
    ...priorities." See, too, Garrett v. Edge Moor Iron Co., 22 Del. Ch. 142, 194 A. 15, affirmed sub nom. Pennsylvania, etc., Co. v. Cox, 23 Del. Ch. 193, 199 A. 8 To say that in fact they have no such knowledge is to ask the courts to indulge in a judicial paternalism that would be limitless. Fi......
  • In re Louisville Gas & Electric Co., Civ. A. No. 1074.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Delaware)
    • March 31, 1948
    ...Edge Moor Iron Co., 22 Del.Ch. 142, 194 A. 15, affirmed sub nom. Pennsylvania Co. for Insurances on Lives and Granting Annuities v. Cox, 23 Del.Ch. 193, 199 A. 671 (followed and cited with approval in Waldner v. Equitable Loan Society, D.C.Del., 60 F.Supp. 372) would make such stock carry t......
  • Waldner v. Equitable Loan Soc., Civil Action No. 407.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Delaware)
    • May 9, 1945
    ...See Garrett v. Edge Moor Iron Co., 22 Del.Ch. 142, 194 A. 15, affirmed sub nom. Pennsylvania Co. for Insurance on Lives, etc., v. Cox, 23 Del.Ch. 193, 199 A. 671, and cases therein cited. Further than that, the evidence at the hearing was abundant to show the acts of the officers, directors......
  • Cox v. Sellers
    • United States
    • Court of Chancery of Delaware
    • November 9, 1942
    ...v. Edge Moor Iron Co., supra, affirmed by the Supreme Court under the caption Pennsylvania Co. for Insurances on Lives, etc., v. Cox, 23 Del.Ch. 193, 199 A. 671, it was determined that the preferred shareholders were entitled to receive, in addition to the par value, the amount of unpaid di......
4 cases
  • Goldman v. Postal Telegraph, Civil Action No. 342.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Delaware)
    • November 23, 1943
    ...priorities." See, too, Garrett v. Edge Moor Iron Co., 22 Del. Ch. 142, 194 A. 15, affirmed sub nom. Pennsylvania, etc., Co. v. Cox, 23 Del. Ch. 193, 199 A. 8 To say that in fact they have no such knowledge is to ask the courts to indulge in a judicial paternalism that would be limitless. Fi......
  • In re Louisville Gas & Electric Co., Civ. A. No. 1074.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Delaware)
    • March 31, 1948
    ...Edge Moor Iron Co., 22 Del.Ch. 142, 194 A. 15, affirmed sub nom. Pennsylvania Co. for Insurances on Lives and Granting Annuities v. Cox, 23 Del.Ch. 193, 199 A. 671 (followed and cited with approval in Waldner v. Equitable Loan Society, D.C.Del., 60 F.Supp. 372) would make such stock carry t......
  • Waldner v. Equitable Loan Soc., Civil Action No. 407.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Court (Delaware)
    • May 9, 1945
    ...See Garrett v. Edge Moor Iron Co., 22 Del.Ch. 142, 194 A. 15, affirmed sub nom. Pennsylvania Co. for Insurance on Lives, etc., v. Cox, 23 Del.Ch. 193, 199 A. 671, and cases therein cited. Further than that, the evidence at the hearing was abundant to show the acts of the officers, directors......
  • Cox v. Sellers
    • United States
    • Court of Chancery of Delaware
    • November 9, 1942
    ...v. Edge Moor Iron Co., supra, affirmed by the Supreme Court under the caption Pennsylvania Co. for Insurances on Lives, etc., v. Cox, 23 Del.Ch. 193, 199 A. 671, it was determined that the preferred shareholders were entitled to receive, in addition to the par value, the amount of unpaid di......

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