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Court of Chancery Aids The Missing Stockholder

Gildor v. Optical Solutions, Inc., C.A. No. 1416-N, 2006 WL 1596678 (Del. Ch. June 5, 2006). It is often not clear what a corporation is to do when it cannot find a missing stockholder. While 8 Del. C. §230 answers that question for stockholder meetings, what to do in other circumstances is less clear. In this decision, the Court of Chancery held that the corporation should at least look through its records to try to find the missing stockholder to give him notice of the right to acquire corporate stock. The failure to try harder led the court to extend the stockholder's time when he finally appeared.