The Supreme Court: A Stitch in Time

THE SUPREME COURT

Trouble was the last thing Dora Surowitz expected when she invested a hard-earned $2,000 in Hilton Hotels Corp. Trouble was the last thing Hilton expected from Mrs. Surowitz, a Brooklyn seamstress and Polish immigrant who had as little knowledge of stocks as she did of English. Yet last week the U.S. Supreme Court indignantly upheld Mrs. Surowitz's right to find out whether Hilton is, as she claims, hiding a multimillion-dollar fraud against its stockholders.

A Failure at Questions. The whole thing started in 1957 when Mrs. Surowitz sought an expert to hatch her little nest egg. Proudly, she turned to...

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