Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 181.0855

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
   (1)    In general. Except as provided in subs. (2) and (3), a director or officer is not liable to the corporation, its members or creditors, or any person asserting rights on behalf of the corporation, its members or creditors, or any other person, for damages, settlements, fees, fines, penalties or other monetary liabilities arising from a breach of, or failure to perform, any duty resulting solely from his or her status as a director or officer, unless the person asserting liability proves that the breach or failure to perform constitutes any of the following:
      (a)    A willful failure to deal fairly with the corporation or its members in connection with a matter in which the director or officer has a material conflict of interest.
      (b)    A violation of criminal law, unless the director or officer had reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was lawful or no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful.
      (c)    A transaction from which the director or officer derived an improper personal profit or benefit.
      (d)    Willful misconduct.
   (2)   Exceptions. Except as provided in sub. (3), this section does not apply to any of the following:
      (a)    A civil, criminal, administrative or investigatory proceeding brought by or on behalf of any governmental unit, authority or agency.
      (b)    A proceeding brought by any person for a violation of state or federal law where the proceeding is brought pursuant to an express private right of action created by state or federal statute.
      (c)    The liability of a director under ss. 181.0832 and 181.0833.
   (3)   Governmental entity acting in capacity as private party. Subsection (2) (a) and (b) does not apply to a proceeding brought by a governmental unit, authority or agency in its capacity as a private party or contractor.