The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 005 : INDEMNIFICATION(Cite as: 11A V.S.A. § 8.55)
§ 8.55. Determination and authorization of indemnification
(a) Except as provided in section 8.53 of this title, a corporation may not indemnify a director under section 8.51 of this title prior to the final resolution of a proceeding, whether by judgment, order, settlement, conviction, plea, or otherwise, and unless authorized in the specific case after a determination has been made that indemnification of the director is permissible in the circumstances because the director has met the standard of conduct set forth in section 8.51.
(b) The determination required by subsection (a) of this section, in accordance with the terms of section 8.51 of this title, shall be made:
(1) by the board of directors by majority vote of a quorum consisting of directors not at the time parties to the proceeding;
(2) if a quorum cannot be obtained under subdivision (1) of this subsection, by majority vote of a committee duly designated by the board of directors (in which designation directors who are parties may participate), consisting solely of two or more directors not at the time parties to the proceeding;
(3) by written opinion of special legal counsel:
(A) selected by the board of directors or its committee in the manner prescribed in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection; or
(B) if a quorum of the board of directors cannot be obtained under subdivision (1) and a committee cannot be designated under subdivision (2), selected by majority vote of the full board of directors (in which selection directors who are parties may participate); or
(4) by the shareholders, but shares owned by or voted under the control of directors who are at the time parties to the proceeding may not be voted on the determination.
(c) Authorization of indemnification and evaluation as to reasonableness of expenses shall be made in the same manner as the determination that indemnification is permissible, except that if the determination is made by special legal counsel, authorization of indemnification and evaluation as to reasonableness of expenses shall be made by those entitled under subdivision (b)(3) of this section to select counsel. (Added 1993, No. 85, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1994.)