Montana Code Annotated 2017



Part 4. Miscellaneous Provisions

Nonliability -- Evidential Privilege -- Application To Nonprofit Corporations

37-50-403. Nonliability -- evidential privilege -- application to nonprofit corporations. (1) A member of a peer review, professional standards review, or ethics review committee of a society composed of persons licensed to practice as certified public accountants is not liable in damages to any person for any action taken or recommendation made within the scope of the functions of the committee if the committee member acts without malice and in the reasonable belief that the action or recommendation is warranted by the facts known to the member after reasonable effort to obtain the facts.

(2) The proceedings and records of peer review, professional standards review, and ethics review committees are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in any proceeding. However, information otherwise discoverable or admissible from an original source is not to be construed as immune from discovery or use in any proceeding merely because it was presented during proceedings before the committee, nor is a member of the committee or other person appearing before it to be prevented from testifying as to matters within that person's knowledge. However, the person may not be questioned about the person's testimony or other proceedings before the committee or about opinions or other actions of the committee or any member of the committee.

(3) This section also applies to a member, agent, or employee of a nonprofit corporation engaged in performing the functions of a peer review, professional standards review, or ethics review committee with respect to the profession of accounting.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 197, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 1408, Ch. 56, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 20, Ch. 169, L. 2015.