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Argued September 17, 2001

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Belson, Senior Judge: This case presented the trial court with the difficult task of construing an 1828 Act of Congress that is far from clear. The statute incorporated a board of five trustees to constitute a corporation known as the Washington City Orphan Asylum, and assigned different authority and responsibilities to that board, appellee here, and to a second board, a board of directors and managers, our appellant. After working in apparent harmony for over a century and a half, the two boards fell into disagreement, with the result that the board of trustees has purported to oust the other board created by Congress. The trial court ruled that appellant board of directors and managers is without standing to sue over its ouster and, largely for that reason, alternatively ruled against that board’s various claims on the merits. We hold that the purportedly ousted board has standing to sue, and we therefore remand the case to the trial court for both a further consideration of the appellant’s claims on the merits and, incidental thereto, for such further consideration of the legislative history of the statute as available materials permit. *fn1

 
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