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District Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 2, California.


Civ. 9896.

Decided: October 09, 1934

Kenyon F. Lee, of Los Angeles, for petitioner and respondent. Elmer P. Bromley and H. E. Lindersmith, both of Los Angeles, for respondents and appellants.

A writ of mandamus having been issued by the superior court requiring Pacific Southwest Discount Corporation, a foreign corporation, to submit its books of account and minutes of proceedings of shareholders and directors to inspection by a shareholder and his accountant, said corporation appealed therefrom. A petition for a writ of supersedeas was thereafter filed by which it was alleged that said shareholder, Ralph E. Capron, threatened to execute the order mentioned notwithstanding the appeal, and a writ was issued to hold the matter in status quo until final determination of the issues in dispute. Said shareholder has interposed a motion to vacate said writ of supersedeas.

In support of the supersedeas, it is asserted that such inspection and copying from the records is intended but to foster the personal gains of the shareholder and to prevent the company from buying certain of its outstanding shares. On the other hand, it is contended, in turn, that inspection is desired in order to determine the value of Capron's shares, and is for a purpose reasonably related to his interests; that the alleged intention of the company to purchase outstanding shares does not appear to have been authorized by its directors; that there is no allegation in the petition for the writ of supersedeas that the funds to be used therefor will not impair its capital; and further that no inspection of the share register was demanded. It does appear that an inspection of said register was demanded and that the demand was withdrawn; but it is not even suggested, nor may it be, that this is by statute made indispensable to the right afforded by section 355 of the Civil Code, upon which the parties rely. Said section provides, in part: “The share register or duplicate share register, the books of account, and minutes of proceedings of the shareholders and directors * * * shall be open to inspection upon the written demand of any member or shareholder or holder of a voting trust certificate at any reasonable time, and for a purpose reasonably related to his interests as a shareholder.” Arguments against issuance of a writ of supersedeas which to be sustained require proof of unlawful motives, underlying the demand for inspection as indicated, and countercharges upon such issues, must be left to the main proceeding wherein the right claimed was granted and is in controversy upon the appeal. City of Los Angeles v. Pomeroy, 132 Cal. 340, 64 P. 477. But, since the determination below may or may not be upheld, and the purposes of an appeal may be rendered ineffectual in the event of enforcement of the order pending appeal, supersedeas is the proper remedy to preserve the status quo so that the rights involved may not be lost or prejudiced by reason of the intervening execution of such order. Becker v. Hendricks, 109 Cal. App. 166, 292 P. 546, is decisive of the questions here presented.

The motion to vacate the writ of supersedeas prior to final determination of the appeal is denied.

DESMOND, Justice.

We concur: STEPHENS, P. J.; SCOTT, Justice pro tem.