2019 Tennessee Code
Title 48 - Corporations and Associations
Nonprofit Corporations
Chapter 58 - Directors and Officers
Part 5 - Indemnification
§ 48-58-501. Part definitions.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 48-58-501 (2019)
  • In this part:
    • (1) “Corporation” includes any domestic or foreign predecessor entity of a corporation in a merger or other transaction in which the predecessor's existence ceased upon consummation of the transaction;

    • (2) “Director” means an individual who is or was a director of a corporation, is or was a member of a committee of the board, or an individual who, while a director of a corporation or an individual serving on a committee of the board, is or was serving at the corporation's request as a director, member of a committee of the board, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another foreign or domestic for-profit or nonprofit corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other enterprise. A director is considered to be serving an employee benefit plan at the corporation's request if the director's duties to the corporation also impose duties on or otherwise involve services by the director to the plan or to participants in or beneficiaries of the plan. “Director” includes, unless the contract requires otherwise, the estate or personal representative of a director;

    • (3) “Expenses” include counsel fees;

    • (4) “Liability” means the obligation to pay a judgment, settlement, penalty, fine (including an excise tax assessed with respect to an employee benefit plan), or reasonable expenses actually incurred with respect to a proceeding;

    • (5) “Official capacity” means:

      • (A) When used with respect to a director, the office of director in a corporation; and

      • (B) When used with respect to an individual other than a director, as contemplated in § 48-58-507, the office in a corporation held by the officer or the employment or agency relationship undertaken by the employee or agent on behalf of the corporation. “Official capacity” does not include service for any other foreign or domestic profit or nonprofit corporation or any partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other enterprise;

    • (6) “Party” includes an individual who was, is, or is threatened to be made, a named defendant or respondent in a proceeding; and

    • (7) “Proceeding” means any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit or proceeding whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative and whether formal or informal.

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