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Pepper v. Litton
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Pepper sued the Dixie Splint Coal Company, (Dixie), for royalties due under a lease and obtained a judgment. Meanwhile, Litton, the sole shareholder of Dixie, obtained a judgment against it for back salary. Litton then caused an execution to be issued on his judgment and at the resulting sale, purchased all the corporate assets. Litton then caused Dixie to file a voluntary petition in bankruptcy. The trustee brought suit to have the judgment set aside and the execution sale quashed but was unsuccessful. Litton then filed a claim in the bankruptcy court to recover the balance of the judgment. The district court disallowed Litton’s claim and held that the trustee should recover the assets purchased by Litton at the execution sale. The Court of Appeals reversed on the grounds of res judicata.
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