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draw, or pay to the stockholders, or any of them, any part of the capital stock, except as hereinafter provided, nor reduce or increase the capital stock. except as provided in section th
pt as provided in section three hundred fiftynine of this code. For a violation of the provisions of this section, the directors under whose administration the same may have happened (except those who may have caused their dissent therefrom to be entered at large on the minutes of the directors at the time, or were not present when the same did happen) are, in their individual or
jointly and severally liable to the corporation, and to the creditors thereof, to the full amount of the capital stock so. divided, withdrawn, paid out, or reduced or debt contracted. Nothing herein prohibits a division and distribution of the capital stock of any corporation which remains after the payment of all its debts, upon its dissolution, or the expiration of its term of existence.
Sec. 2. No right, cause of action, or liability now existing or any action or proceeding now pending, shall be affected by this act and such right, cause of action or liability may be enforced and such action or proceeding may be prosecuted in the same manner and with the same effect as if this act had not been passed: excepting only the liability of a director of a corporation heretofore incurred shall not exist in any case where, all of the debts and liabilities of the corporation to creditors having been paid, the capital stock divided, withdrawn, or paid out constituted all of the capital stock of the corporation and the same was paid out, withdrawn, or divided with the consent of all of the stockholders to or among themselves. 1917–657.
310. The board of directors may be removed from office by a vote of two thirds of the members or of stockholders holding two thirds of the capital stock, at a general meeting held after previous notice of the time and place, and of the intention to propose such removal. Meetings of stockholders for this purpose may be called by the president, or by a majority of the directors, or by members or stockholders holding at least one half of the votes. Such calls must be in writing, and addressed to the secretary, wh, must thereupon give notice of the time, place, and object of the meeting, and by whose order it is called. If the secretary refuses to give the . notice, or if there is none, the call may be addressed directly to the members or stockholders, and be served as a notice, in which case it must specify the time and place of meeting. The notice given in the manner provided in section three hundred and one of this title, unless other express provision has been made therefor in the by-laws. In case the board of directors is so removed, a new board may be elected at the same meeting. 1905-558.
311. Whenever, from any cause, there is no person authorized to call or to preside at a meeting of a corporation, any justice of the peace of the county where such corporation is established may, on written application of three or more of the stockholders or of the members thereof, issue a warrant to one of the stockholders or members, directing him to call a meeting of the corporation, by giving the notice required, and the justice may, in the same warrant, direct such person to preside at such meeting until a clerk is chosen and qualified, if there is no other officer present legally authorized to preside thereat. The application of a number of stockholders less than three, but holding a majority of the capital stock, has the same effect as an application by three or more stockholders or members. 1905-559.
312. At all elections or votes had for any purpose in corporations formed for profit, there must be a majority of the subscribed capital
stock or of the members represented, either in person or by proxy in writing; provided, that in all instances of corporations formed for purposes other than profit the by-laws shall provide the number of members or stockholders that shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Every person acting therein, in person or by proxy or representative, must be a member thereof or a stockholder, having stock in his own name on the stock-books of the corporation at least ten days prior to the election. Any vote or election had other than in accordance with the provisions of this article is voidable at the instance of absent or any stockholders or members, and may be set aside hv petition to the superior court of the county where the same is held. Any regular or called meeting of the stockholders or members may adjourn from day to day, or from time to time, if for any reason there is not present a majority of the subscribed stock or members, or no election had, such adjournment and the reasons therefor being recorded in the journal of proceedings of the board of directors. 1907–596.
313. The shares of stock of an estate of a minor, or insane person, may be represented by his guardian, and of a deceased person by his executor or administrator, and, except when otherwise agreed, all shares of stock standing on the books of a corporation in the name of any person as pledgee or trustee, may be represented or voted by such pledgee or trustee only when such pledgor or beneficial owner fails to represent and vote the same. 1911-318.
314. If from any cause an election does not take place on the day appointed by law or the by-laws, or otherwise, it may be held on any dav thereafter as is provided for in such by-laws, or to which such election may be adjourned or ordered by the directors. If an election has not been held at the appointed time, and no adjourned or other meeting for the purpose has been ordered by the directors, a meeting may be called by the stockholders as provided in section three hundred and ten. 1905-559.
315. Upon the application of any person or body corporate aggrieved by any election held by any corporate body, the superior court of the county in which such election is held must proceed . forthwith to hear the allegations and proofs of the parties, or otherwise inquire into the matters of complaint, and thereupon confirm the election, order a new one, or direct such other relief in the premises as accords with right and justice. Upon filing the petition, and before any further proceedings are had under this section, five days' notice of the hearing must be given, under the direction of the court or the judge thereof, to the adverse party, or those to be affected thereby, 1905–560.
316. Any officer of a corporation who wilfully gives a certificate, or wilfully makes an official report, public notice, or entry in any of the records or books of the corporation, concerning the corporation or its business, which is false in any material representation, shall be liable for all the damages resulting therefrom to any person injured thereby, and if two or more officers unite or participate in the commission of any of the acts herein designated, they shall be jointly and severally liable. 1873–203.
317. When all the stockholders or members of a corporation are present at any meeting however called or notified, and sign a written consent thereto on the records of such meetings, or if those not present sign in writing a waiver of notice of such meeting, which waiver is presented and made a part of the records of such meeting,
the doings of such meeting are as valid as if had at a meeting legally called and noticed. 1909–49.
318. The stockholders or members of such corporation, when so assembled, may elect officers to fill all vacancies then existing, and may act upon such other business as might lawfully be transacted at regular meetings of the corporation.
319. The meetings of the stockholders and board of directors of a corporation must be held at its office or principal place of busi
320. When no provision is made in the by-laws for regular meetings of the directors and the mode of calling special meetings, all meetings must be called by special notice in writing, to be given to each director by the secretary, on the order of the president, or if there be none, on the order of two directors.
320a. When all the directors of a corporation are present at any directors' meeting, however called or noticed, and sign a written consent thereto, on the record of such meeting, or if the majority of the directors are present, and if those not present sign in writing a waiver of notice of such meeting, which waiver is presented and made a part of the records of such meeting, the transactions of such meeting are as valid as if had at a meeting regularly called and noticed. 1915—939.
321. Every corporation doing a banking business in this state must keep in its office, in a place accessible to the stockholders, depositors, and creditors thereof, and for their use, a book containing a list of all stockholders in such corporation, and the number of shares of stock held by each, and every such corporation must keep posted in its office, in a conspicuous place, accessible to the public generally, a notice, signed by the president or secretary, showing:
First. The names of the directors of such corporation.
Second. The number and value of shares of stock held by each director.
The entries on such book and such notice shall be made and posted within twenty-four hours after any transfer of stock, and shall be conclusive evidence against each director and stockholder of the number of shares of stock held by each. The provisions of this section shall apply to all banking corporations formed or existing before twelve o'clock noon of the day on which this code took effect, as well as to those formed after such time. 1875–72.
321a. Every corporation that has been or may be created under the general laws of this state may change its principal place of business from one place to another in the same county, or from one city or county to another city city or cour
efore such change is made, the consent in writing of the holders of twothirds of the capital stock of the corporation must be obtained and filed in its office; or if the corporation has no capital stock, then the consent in writing of two-thirds of the members thereof, must be obtained and filed in its office. When such consent is obtained and filed, notice of the intended removal or change must be published, at least once a week, for three successive weeks, in some newspaper publishd in the county, wherein said principal place of business is situated, if there is one published therein; if not, in a newspaper of an adjoining county, giving the name of the county or city where it is situated and that to which it is intended to remove it. Whenever any such change is made, a copy of the resolution or action of the board of directors authorizing the same, together with a copy of an affidavit of the publication above required, all duly certified by the president and secretary of the corporation with the corporate seal affixed, shall be filed in each office where the original articles of incorporation are, or any copy thereof is required to be filed. This section shall not be construed to require such consent, notice or publication in the case of any such removal from one location to another in the same city, town or village. 1917--252.
321b. At all meetings of stockholders of corporations organized under the laws of this state, or in the case of corporations having no capital stock, then at all meetings of the members of such corporation, only the stockholders or members actually present shall be entitled to vote on any proposition, including the election of directors and other officers of the corporation, unless proxies from absent or non-attending stockholders or members shall be held by some person or persons present at such meeting and shall be executed in accordance with the provisions of this section. · Every such proxy must be executed in writing by the member or stockholder himself, or by his duly authorized attorney.' No proxy heretofore given or made shall be valid after the expiration of eleven months from the passage of this act, unless the member or stockholder executing it shall have specified therein the length of time for which such proxy is to continue in force, which must be for some limited period. and in no case to exceed seven years from the date of the execution of such proxy. No proxy hereafter to be given or made shall be valid after the expiration of eleven months from the date of its execution, unless the member or stockholder executing it shall have specified therein the length of time for which such proxy is to continue in force, which must be for some limited period. and in no case to exceed seven years from the date of the execution of such proxy. Every proxy shall be revocable at the pleasure of the person executing it; but a corporation having no capital stock may prescribe in its by-laws the persons who may act as proxies for members, and the length of time for which such proxies may be executed. Executors, administrators, guardians and trustees may give proxies. 1913– 230. !
321c. Nothing contained in this article shall prevent the execution of valid pooling or voting trust agreements by the stockholders of a corporation organized for the purpose of marketing agricultural products, and the principal business of which is the preparation for and the marketing of such products, the majority of the stock of which is owned by producers of such products; and it shall be lawful for any number of the owners of the capital stock of such corporation, in order to prevent the capital stock thereof from being controlled by interests hostile to such producers and to secure safe and prudent management of the corporation in the interests of the whole number of its stockholders, to enter into agreements with each other by which, for a definite period of time stated therein, the capital stock of such corporation owned by them shall be voted as the owners of a majority of the stock represented by such agreement shall direct from time to time, or to enter into agreements by which the stock to which they shall be entitled shall be issued to trustees selected from among the signers to be held and voted by such trustees for the period specified in and in accordance with the terms of said agreement, and the mutual promises of the several signers of any such agreement shall be sufficient consideration for the making thereof. 1919–123.
Article I. Stock and Stockholders.
II. Assessment of Stock.
Stock and Stockholders.
Section ! 322. Stockholders' liability gen- 326. Non-resident, transferred erally.
generally 323. Certificates generally. 327. Directors' liability. 324. Stock, assignment, land. 328. Issuing duplicate shares. 325. Married women ownership, 329. Burned bonds, restoration powers.
322. Each stockholder of à corporation is individually and personally liable for such proportion of all its debts and liabilities contracted or incurred during the time he was a stockholder as the amount of stock or shares owned by him bears to the whole of ihe subscribed capital stock or shares of the corporation. Any creditor of the corporation may institute joint or several actions against any of its stockholders, for the proportion of his claim payable by each, and in such action the court must ascertain the proportion of the claim or debt for which each defendant is liable, and a several judgment must be rendered against each, in conformity therewith. If any stockholder pays his proportion of any debt due from ihe corporation, incurred while he was such stockholder, he is relieved from any further personal liability for such debt, and if an action has been brought against him upon such debt, it must be dismissed, as to him, upon his paying the costs, or such proportion thereof as may bė properly chargeable against him. The liability of each