Irving I. Bass, Trustee in Bankruptcy of Estate of Zipco,inc., a Corporation, Bankrupt, Appellant, v. Aetna Factors Co., Fruehauf Trailer Co., and Com-airproducts, Inc., Appellees, 272 F.2d 707 (9th Cir. 1959)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 272 F.2d 707 (9th Cir. 1959) Dec. 7, 1959

Before STEPHENS, CHAMBERS and BARNES, Circuit Judges.


The trustee in bankruptcy in this case is seeking to obtain certain accounts receivable of the bankrupt which had been assigned to Aetna Factors Co. in violation of express terms of the contracts under which the accounts arose. The Bankruptcy Act empowers the trustee to reach any asset which an ideal lien creditor of the bankrupt could reach. 11 U.S.C.A. 110, sub. c. The rights and powers of such a creditor are determined by state law. Under California law, the state in which the transaction occurred, a creditor would be unable to defeat the assignment. Johnston v. Landucci, 21 Cal. 2d 63, 130 P.2d 405, 148 A.L.R. 1355. The judgment of the District Court holding that the trustee could not reach the accounts is affirmed.

Craig, Weller & Laugharn, Frank C. Weller, Hubert F. Laugharn, Andrew F. Leoni, Joseph S. Potts, Jr., Norman E. Stolba, William E. Bartley, Los Angeles, Cal., for appellant.

Quittner, Stutman & Treister, Stanley A. Phipps, Los Angeles, Cal., Alex D. Fred, Beverly Hills, Cal., for appellee.