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Mallis v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

decided: January 3, 1977.

SAMUEL MALLIS AND FRANKLYN KUPFERMAN, PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS,
v.
FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION, EUROPEAN-AMERICAN BANK & TRUST COMPANY, FRANKLIN NATIONAL BANK AND BANKERS TRUST COMPANY, DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES



Appeal from judgment entered in the Southern District of New York, Milton Pollack, District Judge, Smith, Oakes and Timbers, Circuit Judges.

Author: Timbers

TIMBERS, Circuit Judge

This appeal is from a judgment entered in the Southern District of New York, Milton Pollack, District Judge, 407 F. Supp. 7, dismissing the complaint for failure to state claims upon which relief can be granted and denying leave to amend the complaint in an action to recover damages and for other relief resulting from alleged violations of Regulation U of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 12 C.F.R. § 221 (1976), and alleged violations of the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws, including Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b)(1970), and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5 (1976).

The essential questions which we find presented and our rulings thereon are as follows:

(1) Whether a bank loan to appellants by Franklin National Bank was subject to Regulation U.

We hold that it was not.

(2) Whether appellants as pledgees of stock certificates of Equity National Industries, Inc. have standing to sue under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5.

We hold that they do.

For the reasons below, we affirm the dismissal of the Regulation U claim against European-American Bank & Trust Company and Franklin National Bank; but as to the dismissal of the Securities Exchange Act claim against Bankers Trust Company, we reverse and remand with directions.

I. FACTS

Appellants Mallis and Kupferman are dentists.*fn1 Between March 1 and March 3, 1972 Jack J. Arnold, an attorney, persuaded them to make a short term loan of $156,000 to himself and his client, John B. Fowler, to finance the purchase of 40,034 shares of stock in Equity National Industries, Inc. (Equity National). The consideration to appellants was to be $50,000. In addition, appellants were to receive possession of the Equity National stock certificates as collateral. To fulfill their part of the agreement, appellant immediately obtained a loan of $156,000 from appellee Franklin National Bank (Franklin National). The parties dispute whether this loan was to have been secured in turn by the Equity National certificates. This issue was not resolved by the district court.

Title to the Equity National shares desired by Arnold and Fowler was in Jerome and Judith Kates. But the certificates were in the possession of Bankers Trust Company (Bankers Trust), to which the Kateses had pledged the shares as collateral for a loan. The Kateses still owed $45,000 on this loan on March 3, 1972.

The shares, which the Kateses had acquired pursuant to a merger between a corporation under their control and Equity National, were subject to an escrow agreement which required the return of the certificates to Equity National for cancellation or reissue depending on whether the acquired corporation met specified earnings conditions. Each certificate bore a legend which declared it to be subject to the escrow agreement and restricted transfer except in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Although other Equity National shares of the same series were registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and listed on the American Stock Exchange (Amex), the shares issued to the Kateses were not.

By a letter to Bankers Trust, Equity National had recalled the Kateses' shares for cancellation in March 1971. As a result the shares were worthless when the ...


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