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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 9343291

Chester T. Lane briefs


This collection is made up of nine volumes entitled U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Briefs in cases involving statutes administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission.


  • 1937-1942.

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1 collection (2 Paige boxes)
This nine-volume collection is titled U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Briefs in cases involving statutes administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The collection contains appellate briefs written by Chester T. Lane, SEC General Counsel 1938-1942, for nearly all of the indexed cases.

The collection includes transcripts, opinions, typewritten materials, and other court documents for the following cases:

Smolowe v. Delendo Corp., 136 F.2d 231 (2nd Cir. 1943) (affirming stockholders' profits-recovery suit under a lowest-price-in, highest-price-out rule and establishing that stockholder plaintiffs are entitled to attorney's fees) (cert. denied, 320 U.S. 751 (1943));

Marine Harbor Properties, Inc v. Manufacturers Trust Company, et al., 317 U.S. 78 (1942) (affirming denial of petitioner's Chapter X bankruptcy petition because petitioner failed to prove it was filed in good faith) (appealed from In re Marine Harbor Properties, Inc., 125 F.2d 296 (2nd Cir. 1942));

SEC v. Chenery Corp., 318 U.S. 80 (1943) (remanding approval of respondent's public utility holding company reorganization plan) (appealed from Chenery Corporation, et al. v. SEC, 128 F.2d 303 (D.C. Cir. 1942)); and

Jones v. Kennedy, et al., 121 F.2d 40 (D.C. Cir. 1941) (vacating allegations against SEC and individual Commissioners while finding no reason to prevent SEC attorneys from representing government officers) (cert. denied, 314 U.S. 665 (1941)). TEST

Historical/Biographical Information

Chester Tevis Lane

b. June 7, 1905, London, England

A.B., 1926, Harvard

LL.B., 1930, Harvard

m. Persis McClennen, 1927

Four children: David (b. 1935), Julia (b. 1937), Dinah (b. 1945), Chester Jr. (b. 1947)

d. March 12, 1959 of a heart attack

Admitted to the New York bar, 1931.

Associate in the New York City firms of Murray, Aldrich & Webb and Milbank, Tweed, Hope & Webb, 1931-1935.

Assistant General Counsel, Securities & Exchange Commission, 1935-1938.

General Counsel, SEC, 1938-1942.

Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General, 1942-1945.

Deputy Foreign Liquidation Commissioner, Lend-Lease Administrator, 1946-1947.

Partner, Beer, Richards, Lane, Haller & Buttenwieser (Securities Regulation, Administrative Law, Trademarks, and Unfair Competition), 1947-1959.

Lecturer, New York University School of Law, 1949-1959.

Defense counsel for Alger Hiss, 1952.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was received by the Harvard Law School Library June 10, 1959. The bookplates bear the following inscription: "In memory of Chester T. Lane / LL.B. cum laude 1930 / Gift of Mrs. Lane."

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Carter, 2004.
Link to catalog
Lane, Chester T. Briefs, 1937-1942: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138

Repository Details

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