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Accrued Dividends on Cumulative Preferred Stocks: The Legal Doctrine

By John M. Meck


The adjustment of accrued dividends on cumulative preferred stock is an absorbing problem both in terms of legal doctrine and practical implications. The problem is essentially dynamic and controversial, calling for the exercise of careful judgments on the basis of public policy. On the one hand, the promotion of healthy corporate enterprise demands that some solution be reached to free capital structures from what Mr. Justice Douglas has aptly characterized as \u22a morass of accumulated unpaid dividends.\u22 On the other hand, to borrow the words of Professor Dodd, the present system of adjusting accrued dividends is giving \u22to property rights a fluidity and an indefiniteness quite foreign to. anything which existed in the corporation law of a century or even a half-century ago.\u2

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1941
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