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Stuparich v. Harbor Furniture Mfg., Inc.
Citation:83 Cal.App.45h 1268, 100 Cal.Rptr.2d 313 (2000)
Plaintiffs are sisters. Harbor Furniture was founded by their grandfather in 1929. A short time later, ownership of the company was divided between the grandfather and his wife and their son, Malcolm, and his wife. Plaintiffs obtained shares in Harbor Furniture through gifts and inheritance. They, however, became dissatisfied with the failure of the company to observe various formalities. At Ann Stuparich’s insistence, the corporation began holding annual meetings and she served as chairman of the board between 1990 and 1996.When the company’s accountant, John Rohm, circulated a proposal regarding disposition of Ilo Tuttleton’s stock following her death, plaintiffs believed that they had acquired a controlling share of the stock. They proposed the furniture manufacturing operation by creating separate divisions. Plaintiffs filed a complaint against Harbor Furniture Manufacturing, Inc., Malcolm and others, seeking involuntary dissolution of the corporation.
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