(a) For purposes of this code, a person is disinterested with respect to the approval of a contract, transaction, or other matter, or to the consideration of the disposition of a claim or challenge relating to a contract, transaction, or particular conduct, if the person or the person’s associate:
(1) is not a party to the contract or transaction or materially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the claim or challenge; and
(2) does not have a material financial interest in the outcome of the contract or transaction or the disposition of the claim or challenge.
(b) For purposes of Subsection (a), a person is not materially involved in a contract or transaction that is the subject of a claim or challenge and does not have a material financial interest in the outcome of a contract or transaction or the disposition of a claim or challenge solely because:
(1) the person was nominated or elected as a governing person by a person who is:
(A) interested in the contract or transaction; or
(B) alleged to have engaged in the conduct that is the subject of the claim or challenge;
(2) the person receives normal fees or customary compensation, reimbursement for expenses, or benefits as a governing person of the entity;
(3) the person has a direct or indirect equity interest in the entity;
(4) the entity has, or its subsidiaries have, an interest in the contract or transaction or was affected by the alleged conduct;
(5) the person or an associate of the person receives ordinary and reasonable compensation for reviewing, making recommendations regarding, or deciding on the disposition of the claim or challenge; or
(6) in the case of a review by the person of the alleged conduct that is the subject of the claim or challenge:
(A) the person is named as a defendant in the derivative proceeding regarding the matter or as a person who engaged in the alleged conduct; or
(B) the person, acting as a governing person, approved, voted for, or acquiesced in the act being challenged if the act did not result in a material personal or financial benefit to the person and the challenging party fails to allege particular facts that, if true, raise a significant prospect that the governing person would be held liable to the entity or its owners or members as a result of the conduct.
Terms Used In Texas Business Organizations Code 1.003
- Associate: when used to indicate a relationship with a person, means:
(A) a domestic or foreign entity or organization for which the person:
(i) is an officer or governing person; or
(ii) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, either individually or through an affiliate, 10 percent or more of a class of voting ownership interests or similar securities of the entity or organization;
(B) a trust or estate in which the person has a substantial beneficial interest or for which the person serves as trustee or in a similar fiduciary capacity;
(C) the person's spouse or a relative of the person related by consanguinity or affinity who resides with the person; or
(D) a governing person or an affiliate or officer of the person. See Texas Business Organizations Code 1.002
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- Entity: means a domestic entity or foreign entity. See Texas Business Organizations Code 1.002
- Governing person: means a person serving as part of the governing authority of an entity. See Texas Business Organizations Code 1.002
- Person: means an individual or a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, business trust, trust, association, or other organization, estate, government or governmental subdivision or agency, or other legal entity, or a series of a domestic limited liability company or foreign entity. See Texas Business Organizations Code 1.002