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ROSENBLATT V. JOHNSTON, 104 U. S. 462 (1881)

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Rosenblatt v. Johnston, 104 U.S. 462 (1881)

Rosenblatt v. Johnston

104 U.S. 462


The personal property of an insolvent national bank in the hands of a receiver appointed pursuant to sec. 5234 of the Revised Statutes is exempt from taxation under state laws.

This is a bill in equity, filed Sept. 30, 1880, by Rosenblatt, collector of the City of St. Louis, against Johnston, receiver of the National Bank of the state of Missouri.

The bank was duly incorporated pursuant to the act of Congress of June 3, 1864, c. 106, 13 Stat. p. 99, and the acts amendatory thereof, and had its situs in that city. It suspended payment June 9, 1877. Shortly thereafter Johnston was, by the Comptroller of the Currency, appointed such receiver. Hİ then took possession of its assets, and disposed of them in the

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settlement of its liabilities. The bill avers that while in his hands the assets were subject to taxation under the laws of that state for the support of the state government, the government of the city, and the public schools, in like manner and to the same extent and effect as all other taxable personal property in the city during the same period; that the assessment of taxes for the years 1877 and 1878 was duly made; that the fund in his hands in sufficient to pay them, and that the shares of the bank since his appointment have been absolutely worthless. It prays for an order upon him to pay the taxes out of that fund, and for general relief.

The court sustained a demurrer to the bill, and Rosenblatt appealed.

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