Lehman, Stern & Co., Ltd. v. S. Gumbel & Co.,
236 U.S. 448 (1915)

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Lehman, Stern & Co., Ltd. v. S. Gumbel & Co., 236 U.S. 448 (1915)

Lehman, Stern & Company, Limited v.

S. Gumbel & Company, Limited

No. 146

Argued January 22, 1915

Decided February 23, 1915

236 U.S. 448


This Court cannot entertain argument based on the theory that the decision of the highest court of the state is in conflict with the law of the state.

The ruling of the highest court of the state as to enforcement of a vendor's statutory lien is a matter of state law not reversible by this Court.

Where the vendor attached within four months, alleging a vendor's lien under the state statute, and the state court holds that the proceedings under the vendor's lien failed for want of possession, the lien is simply that created by ordinary attachment and garnishment, and is dissolved by the express provisions of § 67f of the Bankruptcy Act.

Page 236 U. S. 449

Where an inferior state court attempts to proceed under attachment based on a vendor's statutory lien filed within four months of the petition, and the supreme court of the state holds there is no vendor's lien, but only ordinary attachment, a peremptory writ of prohibition against the state court and relegating the parties to the Bankruptcy Court is the proper practice.

132 La. 231 affirmed.

The facts, which involve the effect of bankruptcy proceedings on attachments in the state court, are stated in the opinion.

Page 236 U. S. 451

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