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Huntington v. Attrill

146 U.S. 657, 13 S. Ct. 224, 36 L. Ed. 1123 (1892)

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Huntington v. Attrill

United States Supreme Court

146 U.S. 657, 13 S. Ct. 224, 36 L. Ed. 1123 (1892)

Facts

Collis P. Huntington (plaintiff), a resident of New York, recovered a judgment against Henry Y. Attrill (defendant), a resident of Canada, in Attrill’s capacity as a director and shareholder of a New York corporation. Attrill’s liability to Huntington was based on a New York statute making a corporate officer who makes and files false statements personally liable for all corporate debts. Huntington then filed an action in Maryland to set aside Attrill’s alleged fraudulent transfer of Attrill’s corporate stock to Attrill’s wife and daughters and to collect on the New York judgment. One of Attrill’s daughters demurred and argued that the New York judgment was not enforceable in Maryland under full faith and credit because it was penal in nature. The trial court disagreed and overruled the demurrer. The Maryland Court of Appeals reversed and dismissed the action. Huntington appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gray, J.)

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