Discovery of Article of Incorporation.

Asked over 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

If the Defendant is a California Corporation, can the Plaintiff ask for the Article of Incorporation? If so, what purpose? Under what Code Section they are entitled? Or under any case Laws?

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  1. Michael Charles Doland

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Yes they can. Anything reasonably calculated to lead to admissible evidence can be sought in discovery. The capacity of a corporation to sue or be sued is relevant.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advise" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  2. Catherine Elizabeth Bennett

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . Articles of Incorporation are public records, so they cannot be withheld. The plaintiff can order a copy from the Secretary of State, but if the defendant is asked for a copy in a request for production, the defendant must produce. A copy of the articles should be in the defendant's possession, custody or control, and as my colleague indicated, may be relevant including with respect to capacity to be sued.

    This response is provided as general information only. It is not intended to be legal advice. Legal advice must... more
  3. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Yes, the plaintiff can demand production of the Articles of Incorporation through a document production demand pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2031.010 et seq.

    Alternatively, as Attorney Bennett indicates, you can also obtain a copy of the Articles of Incorporation directly from the Secretary of State.

    Production of the Articles of Incorporation is permissible so long as this document is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.

    The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice.... more

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