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PUBLIC UTILITY ACT OF 1935 71
ACQUISTION OF SECURITIES AND UTILITY ASSETS AND OTHER INTERESTS
SEC. 9. (a) Unless the acquisition has been approved by the Commission under section 10, it shall be unlawful
(1) for any registered holding company or any subsidiary company thereof, by use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce, or otherwise, to acquire, directly or indirectly, any securities or utility assets or any other interest in any business;
(2) for any person, by use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce, to acquire, directly or indirectly, any security of any public-utility company, if such person is an affiliate under clause (A) of paragraph (ii) of subsection (a) of section 2, of such company and of any other public utility or holding company, or will by virtue of such acquisition
become such an affiliate. (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to
(1) the acquisition by a public-utility company of utility assets the acquisition of which has been expressly authorized by a State commission; or
(2) the acquisition by a pulic-utility company of securities of a subsidiary public-utility company thereof, provided that both such public utility companies and all other public utility companies in the same holding-company system are organized in the same State, that the business of each such company in such system is substantially confined to such State, and that the acquisition of such securities has been expressly authorized by the State com
mission of such State. (c) Susection (a) of this section shall not apply to the acquisition by a registered holding company, or a subsidiary company thereof, of
(1) securities of, or securities the principal or interest of which is guaranteed by, the United States, a State, or political subdivision of a State, or any agency, authority, or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing or any corporation which is wholly owned, directly or indirectly, by any one or more of the foregoing;
(2) such other readily marketable securities, within the limitation of such amounts, as the Commission may by rules and regulations prescribe as appropriate for investment of current funds and as not detrimental to the public interest or the interest of investors or consumers; or
(3) such commercial paper and other securities, within such limitations, as the Commission may by rules and regulations or order prescribe as appropriate in the ordinary course of business of a registered holding company or subsidiary company thereof and as not detrimental to the public interest or the interest of investors or consumers.
71 49 Stat. 817 ; 15 U.S.C. 791; Public Law 333, 74th Cong. Pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 10 effective May 24, 1950, 15 F.R. 3175, 64 Stat. 1265, all executive and administrativ functions of the SEC were, with certain exceptions, transferred to the Chairman of said Commission.
SIMPLIFICATION OF HOLDING COMPANY SYSTEMS
Sec. 11. (a) It shall be the duty of the Commission to examine the corporate structure of every registered holding company and subsidiary company thereof, the relationships among the companies in the holding-company system of every such company and the character of the interests thereof and the properties owned or controlled thereby to determine the extent to which the corporate structure of such holding-company system and the companies therein may be simplified, unnecessary complexities therein eliminated, voting power fairly and equitably distributed among the holders of securities thereof, and the properties and business thereof confined to those necessary or appropriate to the operations of an integrated publicutility system.
(b) It shall be the duty of the Commission, as soon as practicable after January 1, 1938:
(1) To require by order, after notice and opportunity for hearing, that each registered holding company, and each subsidiary company thereof, shalĩ take such action as the Commission shall find necessary to limit the operations of the holding-company system of which such company is a part to a single integrated public-utility system, and to such other businesses as are reasonably incidental, or economically necessary or appropriate to the operations of such integrated publicutility system: Provided, however, That the Commission shall permit a registered holding company to continue to control one or more additional integrated public-utility systems, if, after notice and opportunity for hearing, it finds that,
(A) Each of such additional systems cannot be operated as an independent system without the loss of substantial economies which can be secured by the retention of control by such holding company of such system;
(B) All of such additional systems are located in one State, or in adjoining States, or in a contiguous foreign country; and
(C) The continued combination of such systems under the control of such holding company is not so large (considering the state of the art and the area or region affected) as to impair the advantages of localized management, efficient operation, or the
effectiveness of regulation. The Commission may permit as reasonably incidental, or economically necessary or appropriate to the operations of one or more integrated public-utility systems the retention of an interest in any business (other than the business of a public-utility company as such) which the Commission shall find necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors or consumers and not detrimental to the proper functioning of such system or systems.
(2) To require by order, after notice and opportunity for hearing, that each registered holding company, and each subsidiary company thereof, shall take such steps as the Commission shall find necessary to ensure that the corporate structure or continued existence of any company in the holding-company system does not unduly or unnecessarily complicate the structure, or unfairly or inequitably distribute voting power among security holders, of such holding company system.
* 16 U.S.C. 79k. See note 71 supra.
In carrying out the provisions of this paragraph the Commission shall require each registered holding company (and any company in the same holding company system with such holding company) to take such action as the Commission shall find necessary in order that such holding company shall cease to be a holding company with respect to each of its subsidiary companies which itself has a subsidiary company which is a holding company. Except for the purpose of fairly and equitably distributing voting power among the security holders of such company, nothing in this paragraph shall authorize the Commission to require any change in the corporate structure or existence of any company which is not a holding company, or of any company whose principal business is that of a public-utility company.
The Commission may by order revoke or modify any order previously made under this subsection, if, after notice and opportunity for hearing, it finds that the conditions upon which the order was predicated do not exist. Any order made under this subsection shall be subject to judicial review as provided in section 24. * * *
MERCHANT MARINE ACT, 1936 73 SEC. 806. (a) Whoever shall consult with, or enter into an agreement with, or inform any other bidder, or officer, director, executive, agent, or employee of any such other bidder, as to the amount, the terms, or the conditions of any bid submitted to the Secretary of Commerce 74 prior to the public opening of such bids, or enter into any combination, understanding, agreement, or arrangement whatsoever, to prevent the making of any bona-fide bid for any contract or charter under this Act, to induce any other person not to bid for any such contract or charter, or to deprive the United States in any way of the benefit of full
, free, and secret competition in the awarding of any such contract or charter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor: 75 Provided, That this section shall also apply to bidding for contracts under the provisions of section 504 of this Act.
(b) Whenever any natural person is found guilty in any district court of the United States of any act or acts declared in this Act to constitute a misdemeanor, he shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment for not less than one year or more than five years, or by both fine and imprisonment. Whenever any corporation is found guilty of any act or acts declared in this Act to be unlawful, such corporation shall be punished by a fine of not more than $25,000.
(c) In addition to the punishment prescribed in subsection (a) of this section, any person or corporation convicted of a misdemeanor under the provisions of this Act shall be ineligible, at the discretion
73 49 Stat. 2014 ; 46 U.S.C. 1224, 1227, and 1228; Public Law 835, 74th Cong.
74 Sec. 304 of 1961 Reorganization Plan No. 7, effective Aug. 12, 1961, 26 F.R. 7315, 75 Stat. 840, abolished the Federal Maritime Board, including the offices of the members of the Board. Functions of the Board were transferred either to the Federal Maritime Commission or to the Secretary of Commerce by secs. 103 and 202 of the 1961 Reorganization Plan No. 7, 87th Cong. The Plan, in effect, transferred all regulatory functions to the newly created Federal Maritime Commission, and all promotional and subsidy functions to the Secretary of Commerce, which functions may be delegated to the Maritime Administrator.
75 As to whether this is a misdemeanor or felony in light of penalty provided in sec. (b), see 18 U.S.C. 1 and reviser's notes thereto (62 Stat. 684 ; Public Law 772, 80th Cong 1948).
76 So in original. Apparently should be (h).
of the Secretary of Commerce, to receive any benefits under titles V and VI of this Act, or to receive a charter under title VII of this Act, for a period of five years after conviction.
SEC. 810. It shall be unlawful for any contractor receiving an operating-differential subsidy under title VI or for any charterer of vessels under title VII of this Act, to continue as a party to or to conform to any agreement with another carrier or carriers by water, or to engage in any practice in concert with another carrier or carriers by water which is unjustly discriminatory or unfair to any other citizen of the United States who operates a common carrier by water exclusively employing vessels registered under the laws of the United States on any established trade route from and to a United States port or ports.
No payment or subsidy of any kind shall be paid directly or indirectly out of funds of the United States or any agency of the United States to any contractor or charterer who shall violate this section. Any person who shall be injured in his business or property by reason of anything forbidden by this section may sue therefor in any district court of the United States in which the defendant resides or is found or has an agent, without respect to the amount in controversy, and shall recover threefold the damages by him sustained, and the cost of suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee.
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Sec. 10.78 * * * (h) That combinations, agreements, arrangements, or understandings, express or implied, to limit the output of electrical energy, to restrain trade, or to fix, maintain, or increase prices for electrical energy or service are hereby prohibited.
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COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 19
Sec. 212.80 After sixty days from the enactment of this Act (June 19, 1934) it shall be unlawful for any person to hold the position of officer or director of more than one carrier subject to this Act, unless such holding shall have been authorized by order of the Commission, upon due showing in form and manner prescribed by the Commission, that neither public nor private interests will be adversely affected thereby: Provided, That the Commission may authorize persons to hold the position of officer or director in more than one such carrier, without regard to the requirements of this section where it has found that one of the two or more carriers directly or indirectly owns more than 50 per centum of the stock of the other or others, or that 50 per centum or more of the stock of all such carriers is directly or indirectly owned by the same person. After this section takes effect it shall be unlawful for any officer or director of any carrier subject to this Act to receive
77 41 Stat. 1070 ; 16 U.S.C. 803(h); Public Law 280, 66th Cong. (1920).
78 As amended, Aug. 26, 1935, 49 Stat. 844; 16 Ú.S.C. 803 (h) ; Public Law 333, 74th Cong.
79 48 Stat. 1087; 47 U.S.C. 314 ; Public Law 416, 73d Cong.
80 As amended, 'Aug. 2, 1956, sec. 1, 70 Stat. 931; 47 U.S.C. 212; Public Law 899, 81st Cong.
for his own benefit directly or indirectly, any money or thing of value in respect of negotiation, hypothecation, or sale of any securities issued or to be issued by such carrier, or to share in any of the proceeds thereof, or to participate in the making or paying of
any dividends of such carriers from any funds properly included in capital account.
PRESERVATION OF COMPETITION IN COMMERCE Sec. 314. After the effective date of this act no person engaged directly, or indirectly through any person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by, or under direct or indirect common control with, such person, or through an agent, or otherwise in the business of transmitting and/or receiving for hire energy, communications, or signals by radio in accordance with the terms of the license issued under this Act, shall by purchase, lease, construction, or otherwise, directly or indirectly, acquire, own, control, or operate any cable or wire telegraph or telephone line or system between any place in any State, Territory, or possession of the United States or in the District of Columbia, and any place in any foreign country, or shall acquire, own, or control any part of the stock or other capital share or any interest in the physical property and/or other assets of any such cable, wire, telegraph, or telephone line or system, if in either case the purpose is and/or the effect thereof may be to substantially lessen competition or to restrain commerce between any place in any State, Territory, or posession of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, and any place in any foreign country, or unlawfully to create monopoly in any line of commerce; nor shall any person engaged directly, or indirectly through any person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by, or under direct or indirect common control with, such person, or through an agent, or otherwise, in the business of transmitting and/or receiving for hire messages by any cable, wire, telegraph, or telephone line or system (a) between any place in any State, Territory, or possession of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, and any place in any other State, Territory, or possession of the United States; or (b) between any place in any State, Territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and any place in any foreign country, by purchase, lease, construction, or otherwise, directly or indirectly acquire, own, control, or operate any station or the apparatus therein, or any system for transmitting and/or receiving radio communications or signals between any place in any State, Territory, or possession of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, and any place in any foreign country, or shall acquire, own, or control any part of the stock or other capital share or any interest in the physical property and/or other assets of any such radio station, apparatus, or system, if in either case the purpose is and/or the effect thereof may be to substantially lessen competition or to restrain commerce between any place in any State, Territory, or possession of the United States, or in the District of Columbia, and any place in any foreign country, or unlawfully to create monopoly in any line of commerce.