This excerpt taken from the PLL DEF 14A filed Oct 9, 2009.
17. General Provisions
(a) Rights of Participants. A Participants rights and interests under the Plan shall be subject to the following provisions:
(i) A Participant shall have the status of a general unsecured creditor of the Corporation with respect to his or her right to receive any payment under the Plan. The Plan shall constitute a mere promise by the Corporation or the applicable Affiliated Company to make payments in the future of the benefits provided for herein. It is intended that the arrangements reflected in the Plan be treated as unfunded for tax purposes, as well as for purposes of any applicable provisions of Title I of ERISA.
(ii) Neither the Plan nor any action taken hereunder shall be construed as giving any Participant any right to be retained in the employment of the Corporation or any of its Affiliated Companies, or shall interfere with the right of the Corporation or any of its Affiliated Companies with whom the Participant is employed to terminate the Participants employment at any time subject, however, to the Participants rights under any employment contract in effect between the Participant and the Corporation or any of its Affiliated Companies.
(iii) No Award made to a Participant under the Plan, and no payment made with respect to such Award, shall be considered as compensation under any employee benefit plan of the Corporation or any of its Affiliated Companies, except as specifically provided in such plan or as otherwise determined by the Board of Directors.
(b) Successors. The obligations of the Corporation under the Plan shall be binding upon any successor corporation or organization resulting from the merger, consolidation or other reorganization of the Corporation, or upon any successor corporation or organization succeeding to substantially all of the assets and business of the Corporation. The Corporation agrees that it will make appropriate provision for the preservation of Participants rights under the Plan in any agreement or plan which it may enter into or adopt to effect any such merger, consolidation, reorganization or transfer of assets.
The provisions of the Plan and the terms and conditions contained in the instrument evidencing any Award made to a Participant hereunder shall be binding upon the Participant, his or her successors and permitted transferees.
(c) Governing Law. The Plan shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.