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UNITED STATES v. UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY.

decided: January 6, 1913.

UNITED STATES
v.
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY.



MOTION AS TO FORM OF MANDATE.

Author: Day

[ 226 U.S. Page 471]

 MR. JUSTICE DAY delivered the opinion of the court.

On December 2, 1912, this court handed down an opinion and remanded this case to the District Court of the United States, whence it came, with instructions to enter a decree which would provide an injunction as to voting the stock of the Southern Pacific Company acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and directed the court to further hear the parties in order to make a decree effectually concluding the operating force of the combination created by the purchase of the Southern Pacific Company's stock. The parties were given three months from the receipt of the mandate of this court by the District Court to propose plans, and it was directed that any one adopted by the court should be such as would effectually dissolve the unlawful combination.

The mandate of this court not having issued, on December 19, 1912, a motion was made in which the Attorney General of the United States and counsel for the appellees the Union Pacific Riailroad Company and the Oregon Short Line Railroad Company (the latter holding the stock for the Union Pacific Company) joined in asking this court "to instruct the United States District Court for the District of Utah, by a provision incorporated in the mandate of this court, when issued, or otherwise, whether or not a sale of the Southern Pacific Company shares held by said appellees to the shareholders of appellee Union Pacific Railroad Company, substantially in propotion to their respective holdings, or a distribution thereof by dividend to the Union Pacific stockholders entitled to such dividend, would, in the opinion of this court, constitute a disposition of said shares in compliance with the opinion herein filed on December 2, 1912."

In pursuance of the request thus preferred by the United States and the appellees named, it becomes necessary now to determine whether the distribution or sale proposed

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     of the Southern Pacific Company's shares will comply with the decree ordered to be entered by the former opinion of this court.

The Southern Pacific Company's stock, held by the Oregon Short Line Company for the Union Pacific Company, amounts to $126,650,000, par value, in shares of $100 each, and constitutes 46% of the Southern Pacific Company's stock, enough, as we have heretofore found, to effectually control the Southern Pacific Company. As stated by the appellees, the Union Pacific Company has outstanding $99,569,300, par value, of preferred stock and $216,646,300, par value, of common stock, all in shares of $100 each, amounting in all to $316,215,600, and also has outstanding $37,000,000 of bonds convertible into stock, and the appellees further state that its stock is distributed among over 22,000 holders.

It is contended on behalf of the appellees that the distribution of the Southern Pacific Company's stock, held, as we have stated, by the Oregon Short Line Company for the Union Pacific Company, among so many stockholders will effectually conclude the combination decreed to be ended by the former order of the court. It is insisted that such distribution will prevent the continued operation of the combination for the control of the Southern Pacific Company by a competing company, which the Union Pacific Company was found to be, and that it is authorized under the practice in respect to such decrees as settled by the previous decisions of this court in affirming the decree of the Circuit Court in Northern Securities Co. v. United States, 193 U.S. 197, and Harriman v. Northern Securities Co., 197 U.S. 244, and the decree of the Circuit Court in Standard Oil Co. v. United States, 221 U.S. 1.

In the Northern Securities Company Case, after providing for orders of injunction to prevent the continued operation of the Northern Securities Company, which

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     controlled the Northern Pacific Railway Company and the Great Northern Railway Company, it was provided (p. 355):

"But nothing herein contained shall be construed as prohibiting the Northern Securities Company from returning and transferring to the Northern Pacific Railway Company and the Great Northern Railway Company, respectively, any and all shares of stock in either of said railway companies which said, the Northern Securities Company, may have heretofore received from such stockholders in exchange for its own stock; and nothing herein contained shall be construed as prohibiting the Northern Securities Company from making such transfer and assignments of the stock aforesaid to such person or persons as may now be the holders ...


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