Response or Comment
In Dodge v. Ford Motor Co. (Mich. 1919), 170, N. W. 668, the questions were not new, and with one exception, the decision was not unusual, but the sums involved were enormos. The Motor Company was incorporated in 1903, under the general manufacturing incorporating act of Michigan (P. A. 232, 1903), for the manufacture and sale of automobiles, motors and devices incident to their construction and operation, with an authorized Capital Stock of $150,000-$100,000 then paid up, $49,000 in cash, $40,000 in letters patent issued and applied for, and $11,000 in machinery and contracts. In 1908 the stock was increased to $2,000,000 by the declaration of a stock dividend of $1,900,000. Plaintiffs own one-tenth of the stock.
Wilgus, Horace LaFayette. "Corporations, Shareholders' Right to Have a Dividend Declared and Paid Out of Surplus." Mich. L. Rev. 17 (1919): 502-3.