Legislature Expands Shareholder Inspection Rights

The Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association today published an e-bulletin, which I authored. The text follows: The legislature amended Corporations Code § 1601, which grants shareholders the right to inspect and copy corporate records. The corporations subject to § 1601 are California corporations, foreign corporations having their principal executive office in California, and foreign corporations keeping records subject to shareholder inspection in California. In Innes v. Diablo Controls (2016), 248 Cal.App.4th 139, a California shareholder sought to inspect and copy corporate records of a California corporation whose records were maintained in Illinois. The court of appeal held that Corporations Code § 1601 does not require that the requested records be brought into California for inspection in California. AB 2237 (chapter 76, statutes of 2018) is partly in response to the Innes case, and it amends Corporations…

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