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IN RE PENN CENT. TRANSP. CO.

November 17, 1971

In the Matter of PENN CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, Debtor. In re The FIDELITY BANK
v.
TRUSTEES OF the DEBTOR


Fullam, District Judge.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: FULLAM

FULLAM, District Judge.

 The Fidelity Bank filed a motion (Document No. 1945) seeking leave to commence a plenary action against the Debtor and the Trustees. The gist of the proposed action is a challenge to the validity of a 401-year lease, entered into in 1873, between the Debtor's predecessors and the New York and Harlem Railroad Company, pursuant to which the Debtor has possession of, and the right to sell, all of the property of the lessor, including valuable interests in real estate in the vicinity of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, which the Trustees of the Debtor are considering selling for substantial amounts of money. The proposed action, if successful, would either block such sales or restrict the use of the proceeds.

 At the hearing on this motion, it became clear that (a) the proposed litigation was within the summary jurisdiction of the reorganization court, and (b) it was within the discretion of this Court to permit the plaintiffs to proceed in a separate plenary action.

 At the hearing, counsel for the plaintiffs, while not objecting to the proposed arrangement, expressed some reservation as to whether jurisdiction and venue of such a separate plenary action could properly be laid in this District. Upon examination of the papers filed in the Clerk's office, I note that counsel has certified merely that the plenary action is "ancillary to" the reorganization proceeding. It appears that diversity is lacking, and there may not be federal question jurisdiction. Since there clearly is jurisdiction in the reorganization court, and since it seems desirable to eliminate any possible jurisdictional question which might later arise, I believe it appropriate to enter an order, in both proceedings, the effect of which is to consolidate Civil Action No. 71-2592 into the reorganization proceeding (Bankruptcy No. 70-347) for all further proceedings. It should be emphasized, however, that the principal aim of this consolidation is to remove a possible jurisdictional cloud, and not to deprive any of the parties of any procedural safeguards to which they would reasonably be entitled under either method of procedure. In the absence of specific objection, the Court will assume that the parties are satisfied that their procedural rights are not being invaded.

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