Shareholders’ Rights

Often, individual shareholders have the right to vote on how a company should be run and what decisions should be made. However, these individual shareholders might find themselves drowned out by, or even powerless in the face of larger stockholders or company executives.

What is an Appellate Attorney?

Shareholder litigation can be challenging and it may feel like an uphill battle against a big corporation. But the attorneys at Matthews Eastmoore are experienced at litigating and winning shareholder suits, and will help you level the playing field and protect your rights.

We help shareholders understand and enforce their rights, and the duties that are owed to them by the company regarding:

  • How the business is being run
  • Their ability to propose changes and hold directors accountable
  • The security of their investment in the case of company bankruptcy
  • The ways they can challenge decisions made by the board of directors

Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Shareholder derivative lawsuits help shareholders protect themselves and the company, especially if directors are reluctant to bring lawsuits against co-directors. Though a shareholder may bring a shareholder derivative lawsuit, the lawsuit itself is for the benefit of the corporation. The shareholder is suing to enforce the rights of the company, for example, to prevent director misconduct or a breach of an executive’s duty of care in managing the company.

Common Examples

  • Shareholder oppression
  • Not paying dividends
  • Denying minority shareholders a voice or a vote
  • Other forms of favoring the majority shareholders over the minority shareholders including:
    • Minority rights issues
    • Officer or director misconduct
    • Derivative litigation

Company directors must act in the best interest of the shareholders. When they do not, they may be violating the rights of the shareholders. If you feel as if your rights have been violated by the actions of a company, call us at 941-366-8888 today or schedule a free consultation. We’ll help you get the results you deserve.

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