California Corporations Code > Section 800
CALIFORNIA GENERAL CORPORATION LAW - CHAPTER 8
(a) As used in this section, "corporation" includes an
unincorporated association; "board" includes the managing body of an
unincorporated association; "shareholder" includes a member of an
unincorporated association; and "shares" includes memberships in an
(b) No action may be instituted or maintained in right of any
domestic or foreign corporation by any holder of shares or of voting
trust certificates of the corporation unless both of the following
(1) The plaintiff alleges in the complaint that plaintiff was a
shareholder, of record or beneficially, or the holder of voting trust
certificates at the time of the transaction or any part thereof of
which plaintiff complains or that plaintiff's shares or voting trust
certificates thereafter devolved upon plaintiff by operation of law
from a holder who was a holder at the time of the transaction or any
part thereof complained of; provided, that any shareholder who does
not meet these requirements may nevertheless be allowed in the
discretion of the court to maintain the action on a preliminary
showing to and determination by the court, by motion and after a
hearing, at which the court shall consider such evidence, by
affidavit or testimony, as it deems material, that (i) there is a
strong prima facie case in favor of the claim asserted on behalf of
the corporation, (ii) no other similar action has been or is likely
to be instituted, (iii) the plaintiff acquired the shares before
there was disclosure to the public or to the plaintiff of the
wrongdoing of which plaintiff complains, (iv) unless the action can
be maintained the defendant may retain a gain derived from defendant'
s willful breach of a fiduciary duty, and (v) the requested relief
will not result in unjust enrichment of the corporation or any
shareholder of the corporation; and
(2) The plaintiff alleges in the complaint with particularity
plaintiff's efforts to secure from the board such action as plaintiff
desires, or the reasons for not making such effort, and alleges
further that plaintiff has either informed the corporation or the
board in writing of the ultimate facts of each cause of action
against each defendant or delivered to the corporation or the board a
true copy of the complaint which plaintiff proposes to file.
(c) In any action referred to in subdivision (b), at any time within 30 days after service of summons upon the corporation or upon any defendant who is an officer or director of the corporation, or held such office at the time of the acts complained of, the corporation or the defendant may move the court for an order, upon notice and hearing, requiring the plaintiff to furnish a bond as hereinafter provided. The motion shall be based upon one or both of the following grounds:
(1) That there is no reasonable possibility that the prosecution of the cause of action alleged in the complaint against the moving party will benefit the corporation or its shareholders.
(2) That the moving party, if other than the corporation, did not participate in the transaction complained of in any capacity.
The court on application of the corporation or any defendant may, for good cause shown, extend the 30-day period for an additional period or periods not exceeding 60 days.
(d) At the hearing upon any motion pursuant to subdivision (c), the court shall consider such evidence, written or oral, by witnesses or affidavit, as may be material (1) to the ground or grounds upon which the motion is based, or (2) to a determination of the probable reasonable expenses, including attorneys' fees, of the corporation and the moving party which will be incurred in the defense of the action. If the court determines, after hearing the evidence adduced by the parties, that the moving party has established a probability in support of any of the grounds upon which the motion is based, the court shall fix the amount of the bond, not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), to be furnished by the plaintiff for reasonable expenses, including attorneys' fees, which may be incurred by the moving party and the corporation in connection with the action, including expenses for which the corporation may become liable pursuant to Section 317. A ruling by the court on the motion shall not be a determination of any issue in the action or of the merits thereof. If the court, upon the motion, makes a determination that a bond shall be furnished by the plaintiff as to any one or more defendants, the action shall be dismissed as to the defendant or defendants, unless the bond required by the court has been furnished within such reasonable time as may be fixed by the court.
(e) If the plaintiff shall, either before or after a motion is made pursuant to subdivision (c), or any order or determination pursuant to the motion, furnish a bond in the aggregate amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) to secure the reasonable expenses of the parties entitled to make the motion, the plaintiff has complied with the requirements of this section and with any order for a bond theretofore made, and any such motion then pending shall be dismissed and no further or additional bond shall be required.
(f) If a motion is filed pursuant to subdivision (c), no pleadings need be filed by the corporation or any other defendant and the prosecution of the action shall be stayed until 10 days after the motion has been disposed of.
California Corporations Code > Section 800
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