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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Incorporating In Delaware May Not Eliminate Director Liability Under This California Statute

Some readers may have skipped this week’s posts discussing director liability under California Corporations Code Section 316 on the theory that the statute applies only to directors of corporations incorporated under the General Corporation Law.  That could be a big mistake.  California’s pseudo foreign corporation statute, Corporations Code Section 2115, applies Section 316 to foreign…

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Does The Foolish Director Abide Whilst The Wise Director Flees?

Never fear? Smith Is No Longer Here Yesterday’s post highlighted Section 316 of the California Corporations Code, a statute that imposes joint and several liability on directors who approve specified transactions such as a loan to an officer contrary to Section 315.  Now consider the following scenario: Dr. Zachary Smith, a director, attends a meeting of the…

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In California, Directors Who Abstain May Still Face Liability

Section 316(a) of the California Corporations Code imposes joint and several liability on directors who approve any of the following actions: The making of any distribution to shareholders to the extent contrary Sections 500 – 503; The distribution of assets to shareholders after institution of dissolution proceedings of the corporation, without paying or adequately providing…

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Why You Should Have Read Last Week’s Posts On California’s D&O Loan Ban

I spent the better part of last week writing about California Corporations Code Section 315.  The statute general prohibits a corporation (Section 162) from making a loan of money or property to, or guaranteeing the obligation of, an officer or director without specified shareholder approval.  What happens if a prohibited loan is made? The good…

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California Dividend Statutes Found To Preempt Common Law Claims

Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code imposes specific limitations on “distributions to shareholders”, a term defined in Corporations Code section 166.  Directors who approve the making of any distribution to shareholders in violation of the provisions of Sections 500 to 503 may be jointly and severally liable to the corporation.  Cal. Corp. Code § 316.  The…

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