Rhode Island General Laws Title 7. Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships § 7-5.3-11. Right of action
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(a) Except in a benefit enforcement proceeding, no person may bring an action or assert a claim against a benefit corporation or its directors or officers with respect to:
(1) Failure to pursue or create general public benefit or a specific public benefit set forth in its articles of incorporation; or
(2) Violation of an obligation, duty, or standard of conduct under this chapter.
(b) A benefit corporation shall not be liable for monetary damages under this chapter for any failure of the benefit corporation to pursue or create general public benefit or a specific public benefit.
(c) A benefit enforcement proceeding may be commenced or maintained only:
(1) Directly by the benefit corporation; or
(2) Derivatively in accordance with the procedures in § 7-1.2-711 by:
(i) A person or group of persons that owned beneficially, or of record, at least two percent (2%) of the total number of shares of a class or series outstanding at the time of the act or omission complained of;
(ii) A director;
(iii) A person or group of persons that owned beneficially, or of record, five percent (5%) or more of the outstanding equity interests in an entity of which the benefit corporation is a subsidiary at the time of the act or omission complained of; or
(iv) Other persons as specified in the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the benefit corporation.
(d) For purposes of this section, a person is the beneficial owner of shares or equity interests if the shares or equity interests are held in a voting trust or by a nominee on behalf of the beneficial owner.
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