35-14-1602. Inspection rights of 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 35-14-1601(1), excluding minutes of meetings of and records of actions taken without a meeting by the corporation's board of directors and board committees established under 35-14-825, if the shareholder gives the corporation a signed 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 a signed 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) the financial statements of the corporation maintained in accordance with 35-14-1601(2);
(b) accounting records of the corporation;
(c) 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 35-14-1601(1); and
(d) the record of shareholders maintained in accordance with 35-14-1601(4).
(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 confidentiality, use, or distribution 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 from 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 the information generally available to shareholders by posting it on its website or by other generally recognized means. Failure of a corporation to provide this 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 records under 35-14-720 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 35-14-1604(3) if, in the case of production of records described in subsection (2) of this section at the request of a shareholder, the shareholder has met the requirements of subsection (3) of this section.
(8) For purposes of this section, "shareholder" means a record shareholder, a beneficial shareholder, and an unrestricted voting trust beneficial owner.