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Cheff v. Mathes
Citation:199 A.2d 548 (1964)
Holland Furnace Company manufactures warm air furnaces, air conditioning equipment, and other home heating equipment. At the time of the relevant transactions, the board was composed of seven individual defendants. Cheff had been Holland’s chief executive officer since 1933. In the last week of June 1957, the trading volume of Holland’s stock increased to 37,800 from 24,200. Cheff met with Arnold H. Maremount, who was the president of Maremount Automotive Products, Inc. On August 23, 1957, at the meeting between Maremount and Cheff, Cheff was informed that Motor Products then owned 100,000 shares of Holland stock. Maremount then demanded that he be named to the board of directors, but Cheff refused to consider it. Subsequent to this meeting, substantial number of shares of Holland were purchased. As a result, the market price arose. On February, 1958, plaintiffs, owners of 60 shares of Holland stock, filed a derivative suit, alleging that the purchases of stock by Holland in 1957 were for the purpose of insuring the perpetuation of control by the incumbent directors.
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