New York Not-for-profit Corporation Law
Other Provisions Affecting Indemnification of Directors and Officers
725. Other provisions affecting indemnification of directors and officers.
(a) All expenses incurred in defending a civil or criminal action or proceeding which are advanced by the corporation under paragraph (c) of section 723 (Payment of indemnification other than by court award) or allowed by a court under paragraph (c) of section 724 (Indemnification of directors and officers by a court) shall be repaid in case the person receiving such advancement or allowance is ultimately found, under the procedure set forth in this article, not to be entitled to indemnification or, where indemnification is granted, to the extent the expenses so advanced by the corporation or allowed by the court exceed the indemnification to which he is entitled.
(b) No indemnification, advancement or allowance shall be made under this article in any circumstance where it appears:
(1) That the indemnification would be inconsistent with the law of the jurisdiction of incorporation of a foreign corporation which prohibits or otherwise limits such indemnification; or
(2) That the indemnification would be inconsistent with a provision of the certificate of incorporation, a by-law, a resolution of the board or of the members, an agreement or other proper corporate action, in effect at the time of the accrual of the alleged cause of action asserted in the threatened or pending action or proceeding in which the expenses were incurred or other amounts were paid, which prohibits or otherwise limits indemnification; or
(3) If there has been a settlement approved by the court, that the indemnification would be inconsistent with any condition with respect to indemnification expressly imposed by the court in approving the settlement.
(c) If any expenses or other amounts are paid by way of indemnification, otherwise than by court order or action by the members, the corporation shall prepare a statement specifying the persons paid, the amounts paid, and the nature and status at the time of such payment of the litigation or threatened litigation, and
(1) Not later than the next annual meeting of members, unless such meeting is held within three months from the date of such payment, and, in any event, within fifteen months of the date of such payment, shall mail the statement to its members of record entitled at the time to vote for the election of directors; or
(2) If the corporation has no members, shall include the statement in the records of the corporation open to public inspection, or
(3) If the corporation is a cemetery corporation, as defined in paragraph (a) of section 1502 (Definitions), which term, for the purposes of this section, shall include a religious corporation having members, (i) by including the statement required by this paragraph or paragraph (d) of section 726 (Insurance for indemnification of directors and officers), as the case may be in the records of the corporation open to public inspection;
(ii) by including the information required by the statement in any notice published pursuant to the provisions of section 605 (Notice of meeting of members), except as otherwise provided by law;
(iii) by enclosing the statement with the notice of annual meeting if such notice is in fact mailed to the members; and
(iv) by raising the issue for approval at the next annual meeting of the members.
(d) If any action with respect to indemnification of directors and officers is taken by way of amendment of the by-laws, resolution of directors, or by agreement, then the corporation shall, not later than the next annual meeting of members, unless such meeting is held within three months from the date of such action, and, in any event, within fifteen months from the date of such action, mail to its members of record at the time entitled to vote for the election of directors a statement specifying the action taken. If the corporation has no members, the statement shall be included in the records of the corporation open to public inspection.
(e) The provisions of this article relating to indemnification of directors and officers and insurance therefor shall apply to domestic corporations and foreign corporations conducting activities in this state, except as provided in section 1321 (Exemption from certain provisions).