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CX CODIFICATION OF INTERNAL REVENUE LAWS as the court may prescribe, after the submission of the plan to it, as provided in section 177 of this Act, the public interest shall, for the purposes of such approval and of the confirmation of the plan, not be deemed to be affected by the plan. SEC. 179. After a plan has been accepted in writing, filed in court, by or on behalf of creditors holding two-thirds in amount of the claims filed and allowed of each class, and, if the debtor has not been found to be insolvent, by or on behalf of stockholders holding the majority of stock, of which proofs have been filed and allowed, of each class, exclusive of creditors or stockholders or of any class of them who are not affected by the plan or whose claims or stock are disqualified pursuant to section 203 of this Act, or for whom payment or protec- tion has been provided as prescribed in paragraphs (7) and (8) of section 216 of this Act, the judge shall fix a hearing, upon notice to the debtor, creditors, stock- holders, indenture trustees, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and such other persons as the judge may designate, for the consideration of the confirmation of the plan and of such objections as may be made to the confirmation. Sac. 180. The order of the judge approving a plan, as provided in section 174 of this Act, shall not affect the right of the debtor, a creditor, indenture trustee, or stockholder to object to the confirmation of the plan. ARTICLE VII--iTrL, RIGHTS, AND POWERS OF TKUSTEES AND DEBTORS IN POSSESSION SEC. 186. A trustee, upon his appointment and qualification, shall be vested with such title as a trustee appointed under section 44 of this Act would have. SEC. 187. Where not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, a trustee, upon his appointment and qualification, shall be vested with the same rights, be subject to the same duties, and exercise the same powers as a trustee appointed under section 44 of this Act, and, if authorized by the judge, shall have and may exercise such additional rights and powers as a receiver in equity would have if appointed by a court of the United States for the property of the debtor. SEC. 188. A debtor continued in possession of its property shall have all the title, be vested with all the rights, be subject to all the duties, and exercise all the powers of a trustee appointed under this chapter, subject, however, at all times to the control of the judge and to such limitations, restrictions, terms, and conditions as the judge may from time to time prescribe. SEc. 189. A trustee or debtor in possession, upon authorization by the judge, shall operate the business and manage the property of the debtor during such period, limited or indefinite, as the judge may from time to time fix, and during such operation or management shall file reports thereof with the court at such intervals as the court may designate. SEC. 190. The reports of the trustee or debtor in possession shall be in such form and contain such information as the court may prescribe and shall at all times be open to the examination of any party in interest. The court shall direct copies or summaries of annual reports, and may direct copies or summaries of other reports, to be mailed to the creditors, stockholders, and indenture trustees, and may also direct the publication of summaries of any such reports in such newspaper or newspapers of general circulation as the court may designate. The Securities and Exchange Commission may recommend the form of such reports and summaries. SEc. 191. A trustee or debtor in possession may employ officers of the debtor at rates of compensation to be approved by the court. No person shall become an officer or director of the debtor, to fill a vacancy or otherwise, without the prior approval of the court. ARTIOLE IX--CREDroBR8 AND STOCKHOIDfiB Sac. 196. After the approval of the petition the judge shall prescribe the manner in which and fix a time within which the proofs of claim of creditors and of the interests of stockholders may be filed and allowed. Objections by any party in interest to the allowance of any such claims or interests shall be heard and summarily determined by the court Sac. 197. For the purposes of the plan and its acceptance, the judge shall fix the division of creditors and stockholders into classes according to the nature of their respective claims and stock. For the purposes of such classi- fication, the judge shall, if necessary, upon the application of the trustee, the debtor, any creditor, or an indenture trustee, fix a hearing upon notice to the holders of secured claims, the debtor, the trustee, and such other persons as the judge may designate, to determine summarily the value of the security and classify as unsecured the amount in excess of such value. Sea 198. An indenture trustee may file claims for all holders, known or unknown, of securities issued pursuant to the instrument under which he is trustee, who have not filed claims: Provided, however, That in computing the majority necessary for the acceptance of the plan only the claims filed by the holders thereof, and allowed, shall be included.