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Jones v. H. F. Ahmanson & Company
Citation:460 P.2d 464 (Cal. 1969)
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Plaintiff contends that defendants breached their fiduciary duty owed by majority or controlling shareholders to minority shareholders. She alleges that they used their control of the Association for their own advantage to the detriment of the minority when they created United Financial, made a public market for its shares that rendered Association stock unmarketable except to United Financial, and then refused either to purchase plaintiff’s Association stock at a fair price or exchange the stock on the same basis afforded to the majority. She further alleges that they also created a conflict of interest that might have been avoided had they offered all Association stockholders the opportunity to participate in the initial exchange of shares. Defendants take the position that as shareholders they owe no fiduciary duty to other shareholders, absent reliance on inside information, use of corporate assets or fraud.
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