derivative action

Definition of "derivative action"
  1. A lawsuit initiated by a shareholder against the corporation's leaders or other stakeholders for mismanagement or deception with the purpose of benefiting the company; any settlement from this action goes to the corporation, not the suing shareholder
How to use "derivative action" in a sentence
  1. The minor shareholder initiated a derivative action when he realized the directors were mismanaging the company's resources.
  2. In order to protect the company and its assets, a concerned shareholder might consider a derivative action against dishonest corporate leaders.
  3. A derivative action was the last resort for shareholders to reign in the reckless decisions of the board.

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