Close Window
United Rentals

UNITED RENTALS NORTH AMERICA INC filed this Form S-4/A on 11/02/2017
Entire Document

Table of Contents



Item 20.    Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

        Section 102(b)(7) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the "DGCL") provides that a corporation may, in its certificate of incorporation, eliminate or limit the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability: (i) for any breach of the director's duty of loyalty to the corporation or its stockholders; (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (iii) under Section 174 of the DGCL (pertaining to certain prohibited acts including unlawful payment of dividends or unlawful purchase or redemption of the corporation's capital stock); or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit. The respective certificates of incorporation of United Rentals, Inc. ("Holdings"), United Rentals (North America), Inc. ("URNA") and United Rentals (Delaware), Inc. eliminate and limit such personal liability of their directors under such terms. Further, the respective certificates of incorporation of Holdings and URNA provide that, if the DGCL is subsequently amended to permit further elimination or limitation of the personal liability of directors, the liability of a director of Holdings or URNA will be eliminated or limited to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, as amended.

        Section 145 of the DGCL provides, in relevant part, that a corporation may indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the corporation) by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys' fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if such person acted in good faith and in a manner such person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe such person's conduct was unlawful. Eligibility for indemnification in relation to an action or suit by or in the right of the corporation may be further subject to the adjudication of the Delaware Court of Chancery or the court in which such action or suit was brought. The determination regarding whether the indemnitee has met the applicable standard of conduct generally must be made by a majority of disinterested directors (or a committee thereof), the stockholders or by independent legal counsel in a written opinion, although indemnification is mandatory where the indemnitee is successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of the action. A corporation may advance the expenses incurred by an officer or director in defending against any action, suit or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf the person to repay such expenses if it is ultimately determined that the person is not entitled to indemnification. The statute also provides that indemnification pursuant to its provisions is not exclusive of other rights of indemnification to which a person may be entitled under any by-law, agreement, vote of stockholders or disinterested directors, or otherwise.

        The by-laws of United Rentals (Delaware), Inc. authorize it to indemnify, to the full extent authorized by law, any person made or threatened to be made a party to any action, suit or proceeding, whether criminal, civil, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer or employee of the corporation or serves or served at the request of the corporation as a director, officer or employee of any other enterprise, and contains provisions substantially similar to those of the DGCL relating to advancement of expenses and the non-exclusivity of the indemnification rights therein.