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An Introduction to the Law of Corporations: Cases and Materials, Fall 2017

DGCL Sec. 109 - Bylaws

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This provision authorizes the corporation to adopt bylaws governing the conduct of the affairs of the corporation. The provision provides that the power to adopt and amend bylaws lies with the stockholders. However, if a corporation provides for such in its certificate of incorporation - as most corporate certificates do - then the board of directors may also amend the bylaws. As you might guess, issues may arise when stockholders and directors adopt conflicting bylaws. 

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TITLE 8

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Corporations

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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL CORPORATION LAW

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Subchapter I. Formation

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(a) The original or other bylaws of a corporation may be adopted, amended or repealed by the incorporators, by the initial directors of a corporation other than a nonstock corporation or initial members of the governing body of a nonstock corporation if they were named in the certificate of incorporation, or, before a corporation other than a nonstock corporation has received any payment for any of its stock, by its board of directors. After a corporation other than a nonstock corporation has received any payment for any of its stock, the power to adopt, amend or repeal bylaws shall be in the stockholders entitled to vote. In the case of a nonstock corporation, the power to adopt, amend or repeal bylaws shall be in its members entitled to vote. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any corporation may, in its certificate of incorporation, confer the power to adopt, amend or repeal bylaws upon the directors or, in the case of a nonstock corporation, upon its governing body. The fact that such power has been so conferred upon the directors or governing body, as the case may be, shall not divest the stockholders or members of the power, nor limit their power to adopt, amend or repeal bylaws.

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(b) The bylaws may contain any provision, not inconsistent with law or with the certificate of incorporation, relating to the business of the corporation, the conduct of its affairs, and its rights or powers or the rights or powers of its stockholders, directors, officers or employees.

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8 Del. C. 1953, § 109; 56 Del. Laws, c. 5059 Del. Laws, c. 437, § 177 Del. Laws, c. 253, § 8.;