This excerpt taken from the MRO 8-K filed May 14, 2007.
Limitation on Directors Liability
Delaware law authorizes Delaware corporations to limit or eliminate the personal liability of their directors to them and their stockholders for monetary damages for breach of a directors fiduciary duty of care. The duty of care requires that, when acting on behalf of the corporation, directors must exercise an informed business judgment based on all material information reasonably available to them. Absent the limitations Delaware law authorizes, directors of Delaware corporations are accountable to those corporations and their stockholders for monetary damages for conduct constituting gross negligence in the exercise of their duty of care. Delaware law enables Delaware corporations to limit available relief to equitable remedies such as injunction or rescission. Marathons restated certificate of incorporation limits the liability of the members of its board of directors by providing that no director will be personally liable to Marathon or its stockholders for monetary damages for any breach of the directors fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability:
· for any breach of the directors duty of loyalty to Marathon or its stockholders;
· for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;
· for unlawful payments of dividends or unlawful stock repurchases or redemptions as provided in Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law; and
· for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.
This provision could have the effect of reducing the likelihood of derivative litigation against Marathons directors and may discourage or deter Marathons stockholders or management from bringing a lawsuit against its directors for breach of their duty of care, even though such an action, if successful, might otherwise have benefited Marathon and its stockholders. Marathons by-laws provide indemnification to its officers and directors and other specified persons with respect to their conduct in various capacities.