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ordinate court, and for a judicial purpose,-as to state an account between the parties, upon which a further decree is to be entered,-the decree is not final. But even if an account be ordered taken, if such accounting be not asked for in the bill, and be ordered simply in execution of the decree, and such decree be final as to all matters within the pleadings, it will still be regarded as final."
The provision in the order of the court below with reference to the damages is simply in execution of the decree, and imposes no judicial duties on the special master. He is to decide nothing. We are of the opinion that this decree, under this case, is final. This being the case, we see no error in the court below in dismissing the bill. It was filed only as ancillary to the suit at law, in order that matters should remain in statu quo pending the result of that case. The case at law has ended in favor of the defendant. The case in equity has served its purpose, and should be dismissed.
The complainant, however, appeals, and assigns for error the order respecting the damages secured by the injunction bond. The requirement of a bond from complainant in granting an injunction is a matter within the discretion of the court. The amount of such a bond is also within its discretion. Even where a bond has been required, it is still within the discretion of the court whether it ought to be enforced. Russell v. Farley, 105 U. S. 442, 26 L. Ed. 1060. It has been doubted whether the court, when a bond has been taken, can assess the damages, or leave the defendant to his action at law on the bond. In Bein v. Heath, 12 How. 168, 13 L. Ed. 939, Chief Justice Taney said, in so many words, that in such a case the bond must be sued at law. And this opinion was followed by Mr. Justice Curtis, on circuit, in Merryfield v. Jones, 2 Curt. 306, Fed. Cas. No. 9,486. But Mr. Justice Bradley, speaking for the court in Russell v. Farley, supra, discussing these cases and others quoted to it, says:
“Upon a careful examination, we are not satisfied that they furnish any good authority for disaffirming the power of the court having possession of the case, in the absence of any statute to the contrary, to have the damages assessed under its own direction. This is the ordinary course in the court of chancery in England, by whose practice the courts of the United States are governed, and seems to be in accordance with sound principle. The imposition of terms and conditions upon the parties before the court is an incident to its jurisdiction over the case, and, having possession of the principal case, it is fitting that it should have power to dispose of the incidents arising therein, and thus do complete justice and put an end to the litigation."
He also says, if it has this power, it is a matter of discretion. These remarks of Mr. Justice Bradley are obiter dicta. In Meyers v. Block, 120 U. S. 214, 7 Sup. Ct. 525, 30 L. Ed. 642, the power of the court of equity to impose any terms in its discretion in granting or continuing an injunction is stated as beyond question. In Coosaw Min. Co. v. Farmers' Min. Co. (C. C.) 51 Fed. 107, the circuit court, in a case of this character, assumed jurisdiction to assess the damages. The reasons given are that the suit, irom its inception, was in that court; the conduct of the parties is always under its supervision; the character of the questions involved, and the ease or difficulty in reaching a conclusion upon them, can nowhere be as well known as in the court which heard, considered, and decided them. Be this as it
may, it is clearly within the power of the court to decide whether or not damages be allowed in a case where an injunction bond has been given. This was the precise point decided in Russell v. Farley, supra. This is within its discretion. The order of the court below refers to a special master the duty of inquiring whether or not defendant has suffered damages, and to what extent. This was simply to furnish it with information as a guide to the exercise of its discretion. The report on the inquiry may induce the court to content itself with fixing the costs only on complainant. “On this point the judgment of the court approaches so near to an exercise of discretion that we would require a very clear case to be made in order to induce us to reverse it." Russell v. Farley, 105 .U. S. 446, 26 L. Ed. 1060.
The decree of the circuit court is affirmed.
(113 Fed. 745.)
UNITED STATES GRAMOPHONE CO. V. SEAMAN.
Under the settled rule that the granting or refusing of a preliminary injunction is not a matter of strict right, but rests largely in the discretion of the court, which will not be interfered with except where improvidently exercised, an order granting or continuing such an injunction will not be reversed on appeal, where it was made in an ancillary suit, and followed a similar order granted by another court in the principal case, and where the court acted after a careful con
sideration of the issues and facts, which were complicated. Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the Northern District of West Virginia, at Parkersburg.
This case comes up by appeal from the circuit court of the United States for the district of West Virginia. The appeal is from an order granting and continuing a temporary injunction. The facts essential to a discussion of the questions involved in this appeal are these:
Emile Berliner was the inventor, patentee, and owner of a certain soundproducing machine, to which he gave the name of Gramophone. The United States Gramophone Company, a corporation of the state of West Virginia, became entitled to all the right. title, and interest of Berliner in these patents. Being so entitled, on 20 September, 1895, this corporation assigned and gave to one W. C. Jones, of New York City, the sole and exclusive right to manufacture, sell, lease, and deal in said inventions of Berliner in the United States. The consideration of this transfer is the payment of money and the performance of mutual covenants, all of which are carefully set out in detail. Jones is allowed to organize a coinpany within 90 days from the date of the contract to take his place therein, enjoy all his rights thereunder, and assume and perform all contracts and obligations, and be bound by the conditions imposed on him in his contract with the United States Gramophone ('ompany. One of the conditions of the contract is the right of forfeiture reserved to both parties upon the failure of the other party to perform its covenants thereunder. That Jones thereupon organized the Berliner Gramophone Company, and invested it with all his rights under this contract.
The Berliner Gramophone Company, a corporation of the state of Virginia, on 18th October, 1896, entered into a contract with Frank Seaman. in which, styling itself the licensor, it declares itself to be in exclusive control, in the Cnited States, of the inventions of Emile Berliner relating to the gramophone, and thereupon grants to Frank Seaman the exclusive license to buy, sell, and deal, throughout the United States of America (except in the District of Columbia), in gramophones and graniophone goods embodied in the said inventions, and all improvements therein that may come to the licensor's control, excepting recording apparatus. Among the provisions of this agreement is this: The price which the licensor shall receive from the licensee for gramophones and gramophone goods shall be the sum of the following items: (1) The actual manufacturing cost; (2) a margin of 40 per cent. of the said manufacturing cost; (3) a royalty which the licensor is required to pay to the United States Gramophone Company, to the amount of 10 per cent. of the retail price of the gramophone and gramophone goods. There is also provision for cancellation by the licensor of the agreement in case of breach of covenant by Seaman. Differences arose between Seaman and the Berliner Gramophone Company. These culminated in a suit by Seaman in the circuit court of the United States for the Western district of Virginia against the company, charging breaches of the covenants, and praying injunction; whereupon a temporary injunction was granted. The interest in, and certain actions of, the United States Gramoplione Company, in connection with this contract, having been developed at the hearing, Seaman filed his bill against the Berliner Gramophone Company and the United States Gramophone Company in the Western district of Virginia. So service could be made of process under this bill on the United States Gramophone Company, inasmuch as it was a resident of West Virginia, and had no one in Virginia who could be served for it. Thereupon Seaman filed in the circuit court of West Virginia the bill the basis oť this suit. The United States Gramophone Company is a corporation of West Virginia.
This bill recites the filing of the proceedings against the Berliner Gramophone Company in the Western district of Virginia; the granting of the temporary injunction upon it; the various proceedings thereupon; the filing of a bill against both the Berliner Gramophone Company and the United States Gramophone Company, seeking relief; the failure of this bill to effect its purpose, because the t'nited States Gramophone Company was not a resident of that district. It was then charged that certain stockholders in these two Gramophone Companies had signed an agreement for the sale of a controlling interest in their stock to one Charles Adamson, whereby the two corporations are practically dissolved, and a new corporation created, called the Consolidated Talking Machine Company of America, the object, purpose, and effect of which is to enable the Berliner Gramophone Company, by colluding with the United States Gramoplione Company, to avoid the result of its breach of contract, and to escape the effect of the decrees of the court. It then recites the transaction between the United States Gramophone Company and Jones; the confirmation of this transaction by Berliner, the patentee; the vesting of all Jones' rights in the contract in the Berliner Gramophone Company; the contract between this gramophone company and the complainant, by which complainant acquired the exelusive right to sell all the gramophones and gramophone goods manufactured by the said gramophone company; the active prosecution by complainant of his work under said contract, and the large expenditure of money by him in promoting it; the failure of the Berliner Gramophone Company to perform its contract, and the suit thereupon by the complainant. The bill then goes on to charge a conspiracy between these two gramophone companies and other persons for the purpose of injuring and defrauding complainant, of the refusal to deliver him the goods according to the contract, and of their forfeiture of the contract, and that to this end they have served him with notice of the cancellation of the contract, not only between him and the Berliner Gramoplione Company, but also between these two companies, which notices, however, it is charged, are entirely insufficient, and not in conformance to or compliance with the contract, and in the casa of the latter notice is collusive and fraudulent, not properly given, and not justified by the terms of the contract, and that the United States Gra mophone Company has all along bad full notice of the rights of complainant.
The bill prays an injunction restraining the cancellation of the contract made between the Berliner Gramophone Company and the complainant, and between the same compiny and the United States Gramophone Company; also an injunction against the United States Gramophone Company, and all persons acting under it, from assigning, transferring, or in any manner disposing of, alienating, or affecting, the right, title, and interest of the defendant in the patent rights transferred by and described in said contracts, and from dealing with them in any way by which they may go into the hands of any one, save subject to the rights of complainant therein; that the l'nited States Gramophone Company be enjoined from effecting or carrying out any scheme of consolidation with the Consolidated Talking Machine Company of America or any other corporation; that it be required to produce and file with the clerk, pending the determination of the controversy in this case, all the originals of the said patents and improvements thereon, the subject of the contracts aforesaid; and for general relief.
On 4th October, 1900, upon filing the verified bill, a temporary injunction was issued, with leave to defendant, on 20 days' notice, to move to set it aside. On 5th November, 1900, the defendant gave notice of a motion to dissolve tle temporary injunction, and on 6th November filed its answer to the bill. On 30th November, 1900, the motion came up for a hearing, and was postponed by the court until certain depositions could be taken by both sides. On 24th January leave was given to complainant to file a supple mental and amended bill, in which is set out in full the alleged agreement for consolidation of the two gramophone companies. It contains practically the same prayers as the original bill. To this supplemental amended bill tlie defendant demurred: (1) Because no cause is stated entitling complainant to the relief prayed therein. (2) Because the Consolidated Talking Machine Company of America and Charles Adamson and the Berliner Gramophone Company were necessary parties to the bill. (3) Because they are nonresidents of this district, and cannot be compelled to answer herein. (1) There seems to be a defect in this ground, which is in these words: “That there is not any person or persons or corporations who or which have or has a common interest with the said Consolidated Talking Machine Company of America, or the Berliner Gramophone Company, or Chas. Adamson, or the persons who signed the agreement of June 15, 1900, either collectively as a class or individually, whose interests in the said bill affect and who will be affected if the relief prayed for is granted." (5) Because by plaintiff's own admission he has a complete remedy against the Consolidated Talking Machine Company of America, and therefore his remedy is against that company, and not this defendant.
On 27th April, 1901, defendant moved to dissolve the injunction granted 4th October, 1900. The court did not pass on the motion, but on 15th May, 1.901, entered this order: "(1) The plaintiff, Frank Seaman, shall, within fifteen days from this date, enter into a stipulation with the United States Gramophone Company, whereby he shall agree upon his part to carry out in good faith, and in all respects, all the terms, covenants, agreements, and stipulations contained in the contract of October 10, 1896, between him and the Berliner Gramophone Company; and the said United States Gramophone Company shall likewise stipulate within a like period of time to carry out and perform all the agreements, covenants, and stipulations contained in said contract, so far as the same were to be performed by the said Berliner Gramophone Company,—that is to say, the United States Gramophone Company shall take the place under said contract of the Berliner Gramophone Company, and perform the said contract just as it is provided therein to be periormed by the Berliner Gramophone Company. (2) Should either the said Frank Seaman, plaintiff, or the United States Gramophone Company, defendant, within the time aforesaid, fail to enter into such stipulation, or, if entered into, fail to carry out the same in good faith, in all respects, then, and in that event, the motion to dissolve the injunction, awarded in this cause on October 10, 1900, is continued until June 12, 1901. Should said stipulation be entered into, however, this decree shall not be construed so as to relieve Frank Seaman, the plaintiff, of the performance and execution of any covenant and agreement to pay the United States Gramophone Conpany the royalties provided for under the contract of October 10, 1896; but, on the contrary, it is the intention of this decree to declare that said royalties shall be paid to the said United States Gramophone Company. if said stipulation be entered into, in the same way, and in the same amounts, as provided for in said contract. The said stipulation, if entered into, shall in no wise prejudice the rights of any of the parties to this or any other litigation, and it shall only be in force and effect until the further order of the court, and in no event longer than the end of the litigation now pending in Virginia between Frank Seaman and the Berliner Gramophone Company.'
On 5th June, 1901, defendant filed its answer to the amended supplemental
Marshall McCormick (Isaac Nordlinger, on the brief), for appellant.
Before SIMONTON, Circuit Judge, and PURNELL and WAD-
SIMONTON, Circuit Judge (after stating the facts as above). The record is large and confusing. It is essential, therefore, to keep in mind the question, and the only question, which presents itself to this