2017 ORS 60.766¹
Proceedings against benefit company
  • when allowed
  • who may commence

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a person may not commence a proceeding against a benefit company, or against the governors, members, officers or managers of a benefit company, to assert a claim that the benefit company, governors, members, officers or managers:

(a) Failed to pursue, create or provide a general public benefit or a specific public benefit identified in the benefit company’s articles of incorporation or articles of organization; or

(b) Violated a duty or a standard of conduct prescribed under ORS 60.750 (Definitions for ORS 60.750 to 60.770) to 60.770 (Assessment of public benefit).

(2) A person may commence a direct or derivative proceeding, as appropriate, to compel a benefit company to provide a general public benefit or a specific public benefit or to require a governor, member, officer or manager to act in accordance with a duty or a standard of conduct set forth in the benefit company’s articles of incorporation or articles of organization, or prescribed under ORS 60.750 (Definitions for ORS 60.750 to 60.770) to 60.770 (Assessment of public benefit), only if the person is:

(a) The benefit company;

(b) A governor;

(c) A shareholder or member; or

(d) Another person identified in the benefit company’s bylaws, articles of incorporation or articles of organization as having a right to commence a proceeding under this section.

(3) A benefit company is not liable for money damages as a consequence of failing to provide a general public benefit or a specific public benefit. [2013 c.269 §9]

Note: See note under 60.750 (Definitions for ORS 60.750 to 60.770).

Chapter 60

Notes of Decisions

In General

Owner of corporate shares that does not meet defini­tion for “shareholder” does not have statutorily created inspec­tion rights. Yeoman v. Public Safety Center, Inc., 241 Or App 255, 250 P3d 411 (2011), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Under Former Similar Statutes (Ors Chapter 58)

This chapter as authorizing partnership of corpora­tion and individual; validity of partnership between a private corpora­tion and an individual when corpora­tion charter so provides, (1972) Vol 36, p 94

Law Review Cita­tions

Under Former Similar Statutes (Ors Chapter 57)

18 WLR 123 (1982)

In General

24 WLR 203, 257, 275 (1988); 30 WLR 407 (1994)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 60—Private Corporations, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors060.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 60, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano060.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.