Havlicek v. Coast-to-Coast Analytical Services, Inc – Case Brief Summary (California)

In Havlicek v. Coast-to-Coast Analytical Services, Inc. (1995) 39 Cal.App.4th 1844 the court considered these two statutes together and, while admitting the use of "'absolute'" in Corporations Code section 1602 did "give it pause," stated that in some situations "'absolute' cannot mean 'absolute.'" (Havlicek v. Coast-to-Coast Analytical Services, Inc., supra, 39 Cal.App.4th at p. 1855.)

"'"'The literal meaning of the words of a statute may be disregarded to avoid absurd results . . . .'" ' " (Id. at p. 1856.)

Section 1603, when "read in pari materia with section" 1602, gives the court "broad discretion . . . to fashion a protective order imposing just and proper conditions on the inspection." (Havlicek v. Coast-to-Coast Analytical Services, Inc., supra, 39 Cal.App.4th at p. 1856.)