Senate Bill 114
151st General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 18, TITLE 6 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CREATION, REGULATION, OPERATION AND DISSOLUTION OF DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES AND THE REGISTRATION AND REGULATION OF FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES.
This bill continues the practice of amending periodically the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the “Act”) to keep it current and to maintain its national preeminence. The following is a section-by-section review of the proposed amendments of the Act. Section 1. This section amends Section 18-106 of the Act to add subsection (e) to provide a safe harbor procedure for ratifying acts or transactions that may be taken by or in respect of a limited liability company under the Act or a limited liability company agreement that are void or voidable and waiving failures to comply with requirements of a limited liability company agreement that make such acts and transactions void or voidable. New subsection (e) is intended to provide a rule different from the rule applied in Composecure, L.L.C. v. Cardux, LLC, 206 A.3d 807 (Del. 2018), and Absalom Absalom Trust v. Saint Gervais LLC, 2019 WL 2655787 (Del. Ch. June 27, 2019), that acts or transactions determined to be void generally may not be ratified. The penultimate sentence of new subsection (e) confirms that void or voidable actions may be ratified or requirements may be waived by other means permitted by law, and accordingly, new subsection (e) is not intended to preempt or restrict other valid means of ratifying acts or transactions or waiving requirements or to impair the effectiveness of any valid ratification or waiver previously effected. Section 2. This section amends Section 18-217 of the Act to make a conforming change. Section 3. This section amends Section 18-305 of the Act to make certain clarifying and conforming changes, and to provide that when a member is entitled to obtain information for a stated purpose (whether pursuant to Section 18-305 or a limited liability company agreement), the member’s right shall be to obtain such information as is necessary and essential to achieving that purpose, unless such right has been expanded or restricted in the limited liability company agreement. To the extent current law is that the “necessary and essential” test does not apply by default to (i) a member’s right under Section 18-305(a) of the Act to obtain information from a limited liability company for a purpose reasonably related to the member’s interest as a member, or (ii) a member’s right under a limited liability company agreement to obtain information from a limited liability company for a stated purpose, the first sentence of subsection (g) is intended to change that law. Section 4. This section amends Section 18-407 of the Act to provide that a member or manager may delegate any of its rights, powers or duties irrespective of whether it has a conflict of interest with respect to the matter as to which such rights, powers or duties are being delegated, and that the person or persons to whom any such rights, powers or duties are being delegated shall not be deemed conflicted solely by reason of the conflict of interest of the member or manager. The amendments to Section 18-407 create a different rule than the rule applied in cases such as Wenske v. Bluebell Creameries, Inc., 214 A.3d 958 (Del. Ch. 2019), that a conflicted principal is legally disabled from delegating authority over the subject matter as to which the principal is conflicted even to an independent delegatee. Section 5. This section amends Section 18-1201 of the Act to clarify the effect of subchapter XII of the Act and to provide for the manner in which a limited liability company may become a statutory public benefit limited liability company. Section 6. This section amends Section 18-1202(a) of the Act to provide that a limited liability company agreement of a statutory public benefit limited liability company must state that the limited liability company is a statutory public benefit limited liability company and must set forth the specific public benefit or benefits to be promoted by the company, to provide that the limited liability company agreement shall control as among the members, the managers and other persons who are party to or otherwise bound by the liability company agreement in the event of any inconsistency between the public benefit(s) as set forth in such agreement and the certificate of formation, to require amendment of the certificate of formation of a statutory public benefit limited liability company in specified circumstances, and to clarify the effect of subchapter XII of the Act. Section 7. This section repeals Section 18-1203 of the Act. Section 8. This section amends Section 18-1204 of the Act to make conforming changes. Section 9. This section amends Section 18-1205 of the Act to make a conforming change. Section 10. This section provides that the proposed amendments to the Act shall become effective August 1, 2021.