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State ex rel. Pillsbury v. Honeywell, Inc
Petitioner was part of an anti-war group that decided to target Respondent, Honeywell, Inc., for their manufacturing of weaponry that would be used in the Vietnam War. Petitioner decided to purchase shares (for the purpose of this suit, he only owned one share) of Respondent for the purpose of requesting corporate documents, as a shareholder, in order to identify other Respondent shareholders in order to inform them of Respondent’s involvement. Petitioner made two formal demands for the records that were both denied. Petitioner then filed a writ of mandamus, and he explained his reasons for the inspection. The trial court agreed with Respondent in finding that there was no proper purpose related to his interest as a stockholder.
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