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McQuade v. Stoneham
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Stoneham (D) the majority stockholder in the National Exhibition Company/ New York Giants Baseball Club held 1,306 shares. The other two stockholders were McQuade (P) and McGraw (D) and each of them held 70 shares paid to Stoneham (D) for the total of $50,338.10. The three entered into an agreement to use their “best endeavors” to continue to retain themselves as significant members and officers in the club. Stoneham (D) was president at $45,000 annually, McGraw (D) vice president at $7,500 annually, and McQuade (P) as treasurer at $7,500 annually. The agreement needed consent from all parties to be changed. The board of directors held four other members directed by Stoneham (D). In the next shareholder’s meeting, Stoneham (D) and McGraw (D) abstained from voting which led to a failure to reelect McQuade (P) for his position. The trial court gave McQuade (P) an award for damages but would not reinstate him to his position through specific performance.
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