and others v. DELAWARE, L. & W. Ry. Co.
Jersey. March 13,1885./
REMOVAL OF CAUSE-DEMURHER-TIlIIE OF ApPLICATION-STIPULATION TO FILE
Where a demurrer has been filed in a cause pending in the state court an issne that would be triable at the regular term of the state court, but a stipulation has been filed by which it is agreed to withdraw the pleadings and tile 8 new declaration and plea making an issue of fact, the case cannot, after the term at which the demurrer would have been heard, be removed to the United States court.
Motion to Remand. NIXON, J. A second application is now made to remand this cause to the state court. On the first, I refused to remand, for reasons stated in the opinion filed. 22 FED. REP. 353. I think the decision was correct, in the light of the facts as they were then presented to the court; but on this renewal of the motion the facts appear quite materially changed. In the moving papers there is (1) the affidavit of Arthur H. Ely, of counsel with the plaintiffs, showing that on the tenth December, 1883, a declaration was filed in the action in the supreme court of New Jersey, wher9 the suit was originally commenced; on the twenty-second of the same month, demurrer; and on the eighth of January, 1884, a joinder in demurrer; and (2) copies of the said declaration, demurrer, and joinder in demurrer, with a stipulation of the parties, dated June 4, and filed June 6, 1884, signed by the respective attorneys, in which it was agreed as follows:
"It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the attorneys of the plaintiff and defendant in the above case: (1) That the plaintiff shall, within twenty days from that date hereof, file an amended declaration; (2) that from the time of the filing of said declaration the demurrer heretofore filed by the defendant &hall be withdrawn and of no effect; (3) that the defendant will plead to said amended declaration within thirty days from the date of service of the same upon his attorneys' (4) that the above shall be without prejUdice or costs against either party, but each shall pay their own costs.
"Dated June 4, 1884."
-and (3) the certificate of the clerk under the seal of the court verifying the said papers as true copies of the declaration, (original,) demurrer, and joinder thereto, and the stipulation in said cause, as the same remained on file in his office. Acting under the provisions of this stipulation, the amended declaration was filed June 12, 1884-; a plea of the general issue July 5,1884; and the similiter July 12, 1884. It appears from the Revised Statutes of New Jersey (tit. "Courts") that the then stated terms of the supreme court, where issues of law were triable, are held on the fourth Tuesday of February, and the first Tuesdays of June and November, of each year; and the stated terms of the Hudson county circuit court, where the issues in fact were triable, are on the first Tuesdays of April, September, and Dev.23F,no.12-36
cember. The petition for removal was filed October 18, 1884. 1'11e demurrer put in by the defendant to the first declaration was general, alleging that the matters therein contained were not sufficient in law to maintain the action. If a plea had been filed an issue of fact would have been formed, which would have been tried at the May term of the Hudson county circuit, but the demurrer raised an of law which could have been argued in the regular course of practice at the June term of the supreme court. Instead of this the parties agreed, in their stipulation, to withdraw the pleadings and file a new declaration and plea making an issue of fact. The question is, did the defendant, by such action, lose its right under the third section of the act of March 3,1875, to remove the cause into the federal court? The construction of the section by snpreme court in Babbitt v. Clark, 103 U. S. 606; Alley v. Nott, 111 U. 472; S. C. 4 Sup. Ct. Rep. 495; Scharff v. Levy, 5 Sup. Ct. Rep. 360; and Pullman Palace Gar Co. v. Speck, 113 U. S. 84; S. C. 5 Sup. Ct. Rep. 374, renders it manifest that the right of removal has been lost by the delays of the parties in pleading; and the cause is accordingly remanded.
WILKINSON and another v. DELAWARE, L. & W. By. Co.
(Circuit OQurt, D. New Jersey. March 2, 1885.)
HEWlVAI. OF CAUSE-HECoRD-S·rTPuLATTON-CERTIORAur.
Where by stipulation of the parties certain pleadings in the state court h1ve been taken out of the case, the circuit court will not grant a certiQ'fur, to order the clerk of the state COUI"\. to add such pleadings to the record.
Although such pleadings have heen taken out of the record by stipulation. they may be used in the United States court, when properly verified. to show what has been done in the state court, with a view to showing that the application for removal was made too late.
In NIXON, J. 'rhe above suit was bronght here by the defendant on a petition for removal from the supreme court of New Jersey. On filing the record, a motion was made by the plaintiffs to have the same remanded to the state court, on two grounds: (1) Because the defendant corporation, although chartered by the state of Pennsylvania, had become a citizen of New Jersey, as the lessee of the Morris & Essex' Railroad, and by the legislation of the state confirming the said lease; and (2) because the petition for removal was filed too late. 22 FED. REP. 353. After argument and consideration the court held that both grounds failed, and that the cause had been properly removed. Notice is now served upon the defendants of a motion (1) for leave to file in this court, as part of the record of said suit, certain copies of a declaration, demurrer, and joinder in demurrer, duly certi·