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Knapp v. North American Rockwell Corp.
Citation:421 U.S. 965 (1975)
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Stanley Knapp, Jr., an employee of Mrs. Smith’s Pie Co., was injured on October 6, 1969, when, in the course of his employment, his hand was caught in a machine known as a “Packomatic.” The machine had been designed and manufactured by Textile Machine Works (TMW) and had been sold to Mrs. Smith’s Pie Co. On April 5, 1968, TMW entered into an agreement with North American Rockwell whereby TMW exchanged substantially all of its assets for stock in Rockwell. TMW retained only its corporate seal. Among the assets acquired by Rockwell was the right to use the name “Textile Machine Works.” TMW was to change its name on the closing date, then to distribute to Rockwell stock to its shareholders and to dissolve TMW as soon as practicable after the last of such distributions.
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