DISTRICT COURT, E.D. NEW YORK
November 30, 1937
In re MORRIS WHITE PROPERTIES CORPORATION
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MOSCOWITZ
MOSCOWITZ, District Judge.
This is an application made by Morris White, treasurer of the debtor, to vacate an ex parte order granting an examination pursuant to section 21a of the Bankruptcy Act, as amended, 11 U.S.C.A. § 44(a), and the subpoena issued pursuant thereto.
The order is based upon the application of the Bank of United States, in liquidation, which is a preferred stockholder of the debtor.
Section 21a of the Bankruptcy Act, as amended, 11 U.S.C.A. § 44(a), provides as follows:
"A court of bankruptcy may, upon application of any officer, bankrupt, or creditor, by order require any designated person, including the bankrupt and his wife, to appear in court or before a referee or the judge of any State court, to be examined concerning the acts, conduct, or property of a bankrupt whose estate is in process of administration under the provisions of this title. The wife may be examined only touching business transacted by her or to which she is a party, and to determine the fact whether she has transacted or been a party to any business of the bankrupt."
An examination under section 21a may be ordered in section 77B, 11 U.S.C.A. § 207, proceeding. In re Paramount Publix Corporation, 2 Cir., 82 F.2d 230. However, a stockholder of the debtor corporation is not entitled to an examination under 21a. Such an examination would be desirable. Any one having any interest in a corporation in any capacity, including stockholders, should have the right to examine the debtor fully as to its assets and liabilities. The courts have no power to grant such examination under the existing laws. It would be beneficial to the administration of debtor's estates if such examinations were permitted, however, in order to obtain such relief, the provisions of 77B would have to be amended.
Motion to vacate the examination under 21a and the subpoena issued pursuant thereto is granted.
Settle order on notice.
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