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Title XXXVI
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Chapter 607
FLORIDA BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT
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F.S. 607.1602
607.1602 Inspection of records by shareholders.
(1) A shareholder of a corporation is entitled to inspect and copy, during regular business hours at the corporation’s principal office, any of the records of the corporation described in s. 607.1601(1), excluding minutes of meetings of, and records of actions taken without a meeting by, the corporation’s board of directors and any board committees established under s. 607.0825, if the shareholder gives the corporation written notice of the shareholder’s demand at least 5 business days before the date on which the shareholder wishes to inspect and copy.
(2) A shareholder of a corporation is entitled to inspect and copy, during regular business hours at a reasonable location specified by the corporation, any of the following records of the corporation if the shareholder meets the requirements of subsection (3) and gives the corporation written notice of the shareholder’s demand at least 5 business days before the date on which the shareholder wishes to inspect and copy:
(a) Excerpts from minutes of any meeting of, or records of any actions taken without a meeting by, the corporation’s board of directors and board committees maintained in accordance with s. 607.1601(1);
(b) The financial statements of the corporation maintained in accordance with s. 607.1601(2);
(c) Accounting records of the corporation;
(d) The record of shareholders maintained in accordance with s. 607.1601(4); and
(e) Any other books and records.
(3) A shareholder may inspect and copy the records described in subsection (2) only if:
(a) The shareholder’s demand is made in good faith and for a proper purpose;
(b) The shareholder’s demand describes with reasonable particularity the shareholder’s purpose and the records the shareholder desires to inspect; and
(c) The records are directly connected with the shareholder’s purpose.
(4) The corporation may impose reasonable restrictions on the disclosure, use, or distribution of, and reasonable obligations to maintain the confidentiality of, records described in subsection (2).
(5) For any meeting of shareholders for which the record date for determining shareholders entitled to vote at the meeting is different than the record date for notice of the meeting, any person who becomes a shareholder subsequent to the record date for notice of the meeting and is entitled to vote at the meeting is entitled to obtain from the corporation upon request the notice and any other information provided by the corporation to shareholders in connection with the meeting, unless the corporation has made such information generally available to shareholders by posting it on its website or by other generally recognized means. Failure of a corporation to provide such information does not affect the validity of action taken at the meeting.
(6) The right of inspection granted by this section may not be abolished or limited by a corporation’s articles of incorporation or bylaws.
(7) This section does not affect:
(a) The right of a shareholder to inspect and copy records under s. 607.0720 or, if the shareholder is in litigation with the corporation, to the same extent as any other litigant; or
(b) The power of a court, independently of this chapter, to compel the production of corporate records for examination and to impose reasonable restrictions as provided in s. 607.1604(3), provided that, in the case of production of records described in subsection (2) at the request of the shareholder, the shareholder has met the requirements of subsection (3).
(8) A corporation may deny any demand for inspection made pursuant to subsection (2) if the demand was made for an improper purpose, or if the demanding shareholder has within 2 years preceding his or her demand sold or offered for sale any list of shareholders of the corporation or any other corporation, has aided or abetted any person in procuring any list of shareholders for any such purpose, or has improperly used any information secured through any prior examination of the records of the corporation or any other corporation.
(9) A shareholder may not sell or otherwise distribute any information or records inspected under this section, except to the extent that such use is for a proper purpose as defined in subsection (11).
(10) For purposes of this section, the term “shareholder” means a record shareholder, a beneficial shareholder, or an unrestricted voting trust beneficial owner.
(11) For purposes of this section, a “proper purpose” means a purpose reasonably related to such person’s interest as a shareholder.
(12) The rights of a shareholder to obtain records under subsections (1) and (2) shall also apply to the records of subsidiaries of the corporation.
History.s. 151, ch. 89-154; s. 12, ch. 94-327; s. 42, ch. 97-102; s. 219, ch. 2019-90.