Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 4. Directors and Officers -- Indemnification

General Standards For Directors

35-2-416. General standards for directors. (1) A director shall discharge the duties as a director, including the director's duties as a member of a committee:

(a) in good faith;

(b) with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a similar position would exercise under similar circumstances; and

(c) in a manner the director reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the corporation.

(2) In discharging the duties, a director is entitled to rely on information, opinions, reports, or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, if prepared or presented by:

(a) one or more officers or employees of the corporation whom the director reasonably believes to be reliable and competent in the matters presented;

(b) attorneys, public accountants, or other persons with regard to matters that the director reasonably believes are within the person's professional or expert competence;

(c) a committee of the board of which the director is not a member, as to matters within its jurisdiction, if the director reasonably believes the committee merits confidence; or

(d) in the case of religious corporations, religious authorities, ministers, priests, rabbis, or other persons whose position or duties in the religious organization the director believes justify reliance and confidence and whom the director believes to be reliable and competent in the matters presented.

(3) A director is not acting in good faith if the director has knowledge concerning the matter in question that makes reliance otherwise permitted by subsection (2) unwarranted.

(4) A director is not liable to the corporation, any member, or any other person for any action taken or not taken as a director if the director acted in compliance with this section.

(5) A director may not be a trustee with respect to the corporation or with respect to any property held or administered by the corporation, including but not limited to property that may be subject to restrictions imposed by the donor or transferor of the property.

(6) This chapter does not modify any limitation of liability of directors provided by Title 27.

History: En. Sec. 91, Ch. 411, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 1279, Ch. 56, L. 2009.