Madison Shipping Corporation v. National Maritime Union, Seafarers International Union of North America, International Maritime Workers Union, Shannon J. Wall, James L. Martin, Joseph Curran, Joseph Algina, Konstantinos Gavriel, John Ionnis Kaklaminis, Adamantios Argyroudis, George Mandariakas, Antonios Lavds, and Konstantinos Karagiannis, Appellants, 273 F.2d 955 (3d Cir. 1960)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - 273 F.2d 955 (3d Cir. 1960) Argued January 21, 1960
Decided January 22, 1960

Abraham E. Freedman, Philadelphia, Pa., for appellants.

Thomas E. Byrne, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa., for appellee.

Before GOODRICH, McLAUGHLIN and KALODNER, Circuit Judges.


Plaintiffs in this case have moved to dismiss an appeal by the defendants from an order of the District Court forbidding the defendants from doing certain acts pending that Court's hearing on the merits. The grounds for dismissal of the appeal are that the order is in its nature a temporary restraining order and, therefore, not subject to appeal. The question is not at all free from difficulty and the Court is divided. A majority of us, however, believe that the order made is in the nature of a temporary restraining order. It does not settle the merits of the larger claim which the plaintiffs have and it is only to be continued until the District Court can have hearing on the merits and render a decision.

The appeal, therefore, will be dismissed as premature leaving the Court without jurisdiction.

KALODNER, Circuit Judge (dissenting).

The District Court's restraining order here has a "final and irreparable effect on the rights of the parties" and accordingly is appealable. Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 1949, 337 U.S. 541, 545, 69 S. Ct. 1221, 93 L. Ed. 1528; Morganstern Chemical Co. v. Schering Corporation, 3 Cir., 1950, 181 F.2d 160, 162; Maxwell v. Enterprise Wall Paper Mfg. Co., 3 Cir., 1942, 131 F.2d 400, 402.