Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 13. Appraisal Rights

Judicial Appraisal Of Shares -- Court Action

35-14-1330. Judicial appraisal of shares -- court action. (1) If a shareholder makes demand for payment under 35-14-1326 that remains unsettled, the corporation shall commence a proceeding within 60 days after receiving the payment demand and petition the court to determine the fair value of the shares and accrued interest. If the corporation does not commence the proceeding within the 60-day period, it shall pay in cash to each shareholder the amount the shareholder demanded pursuant to 35-14-1326, plus interest.

(2) The corporation shall commence the proceeding in the district court of the county in which its principal office is located or, if its principal office is not located in this state, in the first judicial district.

(3) The corporation shall make all shareholders, regardless of whether they are residents of this state, whose demands remain unsettled parties to the proceeding as in an action against their shares, and all parties must be served with a copy of the petition. Nonresidents may be served by registered or certified mail or by publication as provided by law.

(4) The jurisdiction of the court in which the proceeding is commenced under subsection (2) is plenary and exclusive. The court may appoint one or more persons as appraisers to receive evidence and recommend a decision on the question of fair value. The appraisers have the powers described in the order appointing them or in any amendment to it. The shareholders demanding appraisal rights are entitled to the same discovery rights as parties in other civil proceedings. There is no right to a jury trial.

(5) Each shareholder made a party to the proceeding is entitled to judgment:

(a) for the amount, if any, by which the court finds the fair value of the shareholder's shares exceeds the amount paid by the corporation to the shareholder for the shares, plus interest; or

(b) for the fair value, plus interest, of the shareholder's shares for which the corporation elected to withhold payment under 35-14-1325.

History: En. Sec. 181, Ch. 271, L. 2019.