The rights of stockholders to demand to inspect a corporation’s books and records under state corporation laws are a powerful method of ensuring the stockholders’ rights and interests are safeguarded. Such inspection rights are not, however, unfettered. Exercising them involves balancing the inspection rights with the rights of corporations “to be free of frivolous or vexatious demands to examine records, and to avoid production of records to individuals pursuing interests other than those relating to stock ownership.” To strike an appropriate balance, stockholders must first comply with certain requirements. Among these are requirements governing the making of an inspection demand on the corporation and the requirement of articulating a proper purpose for the demanded inspection.
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