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RELIANCE STEEL CORP. v. RELIANCE TRADING CORP.

August 18, 1944

RELIANCE STEEL CORPORATION
v.
RELIANCE TRADING CORPORATION



The opinion of the court was delivered by: KALODNER

The issue having come to trial on complaint and answer, and having heard the testimony of witnesses and arguments of counsel, I make the following:

Findings of Fact

 1. The plaintiff, Reliance Steel Corporation, was organized and is existing under and by the virtue of the laws of the State of Ohio, having been created May 24, 1937, and has its principal office and place of business at No. 1170 Ivanhoe Road, in the City of Cleveland, State of Ohio.

 2. The defendant, Reliance Trading Corporation, was organized September 5, 1941, and is existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and presently has its principal office and place of business at No. 2405-09 North Second Street, in the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 3. This Court has jurisdiction of the cause of action by reason of a diversity of citizenship of the parties; because it charges acts of unfair competition with the plaintiff involving an amount in excess of three thousand ($3,000) dollars exclusive of interest and costs.

 4. Since its organization and incorporation on May 24, 1937, the plaintiff's business has been that of a processor and warehouse distributor of flat rolled steel products, including the purchasing, processing and selling of not rolled and cold rolled steel strip and sheets in cut lengths, not rolled. pickle strip in sheets, in cut lengths and coils, galvanized sheets, long ternes, steel plates and steel bars; the processing consisting principally of grinding, shearing, flattening, cutting to width and length, slitting, edging and similar operations to meet customers' specifications.

 5. The plaintiff maintains plants and offices at No. 1170 Ivanhoe Road, Cleveland, in the State of Ohio; 1601 S. Wolcott Street, Chicago, in the State of Illinois; 13770 Joy Road, Detroit, in the State of Michigan; Newark and Page Avenues, Lyndhurst, in the State of New Jersey, and at No. 62 Lincoln Street, Worcester, in the State of Massachusetts, and offices at No. 613 Ohio Building, Toledo, in the State of Ohio, 1408 Fletcher Trust Building, Indianapolis, in the State of Indiana, and at No. 627 Beury Building, 3701 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 6. On July 29, 1937, the plaintiff duly registered to do business in Pennsylvania as a foreign corporation in conformity with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in such cases made and provided.

 7. On or about November 15, 1938, the plaintiff established a plant and office on the premises situate N.W. corner 22nd and Westmoreland Streets in the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where it engaged in business until on or about the 30th day of April, 1941, at which time the said premises were vacated and the plaintiff's office was moved to and is presently located in the Beury Building, 3701 North Broad Street in the City of Philadelphia, as aforesaid.

 8. The defendant secured a charter under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on September 5, 1941, under the name "Reliance Trading Corporation" the purpose of which, as appears by its application, is to:

 "1. To carry on as principal, agent, commission merchant, etc. the business of buying, selling, extracting, exchanging, converting, separating, grading, grinding, cutting, milling, drilling, concentrating, treating, manufacturing, fabricating, preparing for market, and otherwise producing and dealing in ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ore and minerals and in the products or by-products thereof and generally to do all things incidental to or convenient for or growing out of the aforesaid purposes."

 10. On or about September 5, 1941, defendant established its plant and office at the N.W. corner of 22nd and Westmoreland Streets, Philadelphia, which premises had previously been occupied by plaintiff, but removed therefrom in September, 1942, to 2405-09 North Second Street, Philadelphia, where ...


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