241 F2d 129 Shoemaker v. Malaxa

241 F.2d 129

Thomas B. SHOEMAKER, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
Nicolai MALAXA, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 128, Docket 24071.

United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit.

Argued Jan. 24, 1957.
Decided Feb. 15, 1957.

White & Case, New York City (David Hartfield, Jr. and Howard J. Aibel, New York City, of counsel on the brief), for plaintiff-appellant.

Kissam & Halpin, New York City, (James H. Halpin, New York City, of counsel), for defendant-appellee.

Before HINCKS, LUMBARD and WATERMAN, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM.

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1

Appellant sued in the District Court to recover attorney's fees, asserting that he was a resident of the District of Columbia and that the defendant was 'an alien and a citizen of Roumania.' At the conclusion of the trial Judge Murphy entered judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground that the defendant was a stateless alien in that Roumania had revoked his citizenship in 1948.

2

For the reasons set forth by Judge Bicks in his opinion in Blair Holdings Corp. v. Rubinstein, D.C.S.D.N.Y.1955, 133 F.Supp. 496, it seems clear that a stateless person, such as Malaxa was conceded to be, is not a citizen or subject of a foreign state within the meaning of 28 U.S.C.A. § 1332(a)(2). The complaint was properly dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

3

Affirmed.