SCSS » Topics » 6. INDEMNIFICATION .

This excerpt taken from the SCSS 8-K filed Oct 5, 2009.

6.             INDEMNIFICATION.

 

In the event any Registrable Securities are included in a Registration Statement under this Agreement:

 

a.             To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Company will, and hereby does, indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Investor and any underwriter, and the directors, officers, partners, members, managers, employees, agents, representatives of, and each Person, if any, who controls any Investor or underwriter within the meaning of the 1933 Act or the 1934 Act (each, an “Indemnified Person”), against any losses, claims, damages, liabilities, judgments, fines, penalties, charges, costs, reasonable attorneys’ fees, amounts paid in settlement or expenses, joint or several, (collectively, “Claims”) incurred in investigating, preparing or defending any action, claim, suit, inquiry, proceeding, investigation or appeal taken from the foregoing by or before any court or governmental, administrative or other regulatory agency authority, or body (including the SEC or any state securities commission, authority or self-regulatory organization, in the United States or anywhere else in the world), whether pending or threatened, whether or not an indemnified party is or may be a party thereto (“Indemnified Damages”), to which any of them may become subject insofar as such Claims (or actions or proceedings, whether commenced or threatened, in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon: (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact in (including by way of incorporation be reference) a Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto or in any filing made in connection with the qualification of the offering under the securities or other “blue sky” laws of any jurisdiction in which Registrable Securities are offered (“Blue Sky Filings”), or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, (ii) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained (including by way of incorporation by reference) in any preliminary, final, summary or free writing prospectus (as amended or supplemented, if the Company files any amendment thereof or supplement thereto with the SEC) or the omission or alleged omission to state therein (including by way of incorporation be reference) any material fact necessary to make the statements made therein, in light of the circumstances under which the statements therein (including by way of incorporation be reference) were made, not misleading, or (iii) any violation or alleged violation by the Company of the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act, any other law, including any state securities law, or any rule or regulation thereunder relating to the offer or sale of the Registrable Securities pursuant to a Registration Statement (the matters in the foregoing clauses (i) through (iii) being, collectively, “Violations”).  Subject to Section 6(c), the Company shall reimburse the Indemnified Persons, promptly as such expenses are incurred and are due and payable, for any legal fees or other reasonable expenses incurred by them in connection with investigating or defending any such Claim.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the indemnification agreement contained in this Section 6(a): (i) shall

 



 

not apply to a Claim by an Indemnified Person arising out of or based upon a Violation which occurs in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by such Indemnified Person for such Indemnified Person expressly for use in connection with the preparation of the Registration Statement or any such amendment thereof or supplement thereto if such prospectus (or amendment or supplement thereto) was timely filed with the SEC and furnished by the Company to such Investor pursuant to Section 3(d), (ii) shall not apply to a Claim by an Indemnified Person arising out of or based upon sales of Registrable Securities by such Indemnified Person pursuant to a Registration Statement in violation of Section 4(c), and (iii) shall not apply to amounts paid in settlement of any Claim if such settlement is effected without the prior written consent of the Company, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed.  Such indemnity shall remain in full force and effect regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of the Indemnified Person and shall survive the transfer of the Registrable Securities by the Investor pursuant to Section 9.

 

b.             In connection with any Registration Statement in which an Investor is participating, each such Investor agrees to severally and not jointly indemnify, hold harmless and defend, to the same extent and in the same manner as is set forth in Section 6(a), the Company, each of its directors, each of its officers who signs the Registration Statement, and each Person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of the 1933 Act or the 1934 Act (each an “Indemnified Party”), against any Claim or Indemnified Damages to which any of them may become subject, under the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act or otherwise, insofar as such Claim or Indemnified Damages arise out of or are based upon (i) any Violation, in each case to the extent, and only to the extent, that such Violation occurs in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by such Investor expressly for use in connection with such Registration Statement or (ii) sales of Registrable Securities by such Indemnified Person pursuant to a Registration Statement in violation of Section 4(c) and, subject to Section 6(c), such Investor will reimburse any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by an Indemnified Party in connection with investigating or defending any such Claim; provided, however, that the indemnity agreement contained in this Section 6(b) and the agreement with respect to contribution contained in Section 7 shall not apply to amounts paid in settlement of any Claim if such settlement is effected without the prior written consent of such Investor, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed; provided, further, however, that the aggregate liability of the Investor in connection with any Violation shall not exceed the net proceeds to such Investor as a result of the sale of Registrable Securities pursuant to the Registration Statement giving rise to such Claim.  Such indemnity shall remain in full force and effect regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of such Indemnified Party and shall survive any transfer of the Registrable Securities by an Investor pursuant to Section 9.

 

c.             Promptly after receipt by an Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party under this Section 6 of notice of the commencement of any action or proceeding (including any governmental action or proceeding) involving a Claim, such Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party shall, if a Claim in respect thereof is to be made against any indemnifying party under this Section 6, deliver to the indemnifying party a written notice of the commencement thereof, and the indemnifying party shall have the right to participate in, and, to the extent the indemnifying party so desires, jointly with any other indemnifying party similarly noticed, to assume control of the defense thereof with counsel mutually satisfactory to the indemnifying party and the Indemnified Person or the Indemnified Party, as the case may be. In any such proceeding, any Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party may retain its own counsel, but, except as provided in

 



 

the following sentence, the fees and expenses of that counsel will be at the expense of that Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party, as the case may be, unless (i) the indemnifying party and the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party, as applicable, shall have mutually agreed to the retention of that counsel, (ii) the indemnifying party does not assume the defense of such proceeding in a timely manner or (iii) in the reasonable opinion of counsel retained by the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party, the representation by such counsel for the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party and the indemnifying party would be inappropriate due to actual or potential differing interests between such Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party and any other party represented by such counsel in such proceeding.  The Company shall pay reasonable fees for up to one separate legal counsel (plus local counsel) for the Investor, and such legal counsel shall be selected by the Investor holding at least two-thirds (2/3) in interest of the Registrable Securities included in the Registration Statement to which the Claim relates.  The indemnifying party shall keep the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party fully apprised at all times as to the status of the defense or any settlement negotiations with respect thereto.  No indemnifying party shall be liable for any settlement of any action, claim or proceeding effected without its prior written consent, provided, however, that the indemnifying party shall not unreasonably withhold, delay or condition its consent.  No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party, consent to entry of any judgment or enter into any settlement or other compromise with respect to any pending or threatened action or claim in respect of which indemnification or contribution may be or has been sought hereunder (whether or not the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party is an actual or potential party to such action or claim) which does not include as an unconditional term thereof the giving by the claimant or plaintiff to such Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party of a release from all liability in respect to such Claim or litigation, and such settlement shall not include any admission as to fault on the part of the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party.  Following indemnification as provided for hereunder, the indemnifying party shall be subrogated to all rights of the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party with respect to all third parties, firms or corporations relating to the matter for which indemnification has been made.  The failure to deliver written notice to the indemnifying party within a reasonable time of the commencement of any such action shall not relieve such indemnifying party of any liability to the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party under this Section 6, except to the extent that the indemnifying party is prejudiced in its ability to defend such action.

 

d.             The indemnification required by this Section 6 shall be made by periodic payments of the amount thereof during the course of the investigation or defense, as and when bills are received or Indemnified Damages are incurred.

 

e.             The indemnity agreements contained herein shall be in addition to (i) any cause of action or similar right of the Indemnified Person or Indemnified Party against the indemnifying party or others, and (ii) any liabilities the indemnifying party may be subject to pursuant to the law.

 

This excerpt taken from the SCSS DEF 14A filed Jul 28, 2009.

ARTICLE VIII
Indemnification

        Section 1.    Right To Indemnification.    Each person who was or is made a party or is threatened to be made a party to or is involved in or called as a witness in any Proceeding because he or she is an Indemnified Person, shall be indemnified and held harmless by the corporation to the fullest extent permitted under the Minnesota Statutes (the "Statutes"), as the same now exists or may hereafter be amended (but, in the case of any such amendment, only to the extent that such amendment permits the corporation to provide broader indemnification rights than the Statutes permitted the corporation to provide prior to such amendment). Such indemnification shall cover all expenses incurred by an Indemnified Person (including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees and other expenses of litigation) and all liabilities and losses (including, but not limited to, judgments, fines, ERISA or other excise taxes or penalties and amounts paid or to be paid in settlement) incurred by such person in connection therewith.

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        Notwithstanding the foregoing, except with respect to indemnification specified in Section 3 of this Article VIII, the corporation shall indemnify an Indemnified Person in connection with a Proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such person only if such Proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the board of directors of the corporation.

        For purposes of this Article:

        (a) (a) a "Proceeding" is an action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, and any appeal therefrom;

        (b) (b) an "Indemnified Person" is a person who is, was or had agreed to become a director or an officer or a Delegate, as defined herein, of the corporation or the legal representative of any of the foregoing; and

        (c) (c) a "Delegate" is a person serving at the request of the corporation or a subsidiary of the corporation as a director, trustee, fiduciary, or officer of such subsidiary or of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise.

        Section 2.    Expenses.    Expenses, including attorneys' fees, incurred by a person indemnified pursuant to Section 1 of this Article VIII in defending or otherwise being involved in a Proceeding shall be paid by the corporation in advance of the final disposition of such Proceeding, including any appeal therefrom, upon receipt of an undertaking (the "Undertaking") by or on behalf of such person to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that he or she is not entitled to be indemnified by the corporation; provided, that in connection with a Proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such person, except a Proceeding authorized by Section 3 of this Article VIII, the corporation shall pay said expenses in advance of final disposition only if such Proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the board of directors. A person to whom expenses are advanced pursuant hereto shall not be obligated to repay pursuant to the Undertaking until the final determination of any pending Proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction concerning the right of such person to be indemnified or the obligation of such person to repay pursuant to the Undertaking.

        Section 3.    Protection of Rights.    If a claim under Section 1 of this Article VIII is not promptly paid in full by the corporation after a written claim has been received by the corporation or if expenses pursuant to Section 2 of this Article VIII have not been promptly advanced after a written request for such advancement accompanied by the Undertaking has been received by the corporation, the claimant may at any time thereafter bring suit against the corporation to recover the unpaid amount of the claim or the advancement of expenses. If successful, in whole or in part, in such suit, such claimant shall also be entitled to be paid the reasonable expense thereof. It shall be a defense to any such action (other than an action brought to enforce a claim for expenses incurred in defending any Proceeding in advance of its final disposition where the required Undertaking has been tendered to the corporation) that indemnification of the claimant is prohibited by law, but the burden of proving such defense shall be on the corporation. Neither, to the extent permitted by the MBCA. To the extent permitted by the MBCA, neither the failure of the corporation (including its board of directors, independent legal counsel, or its stockholders) to have made a determination, if required, prior to the commencement of such action that indemnification of the claimant is proper in the circumstances, nor an actual determination by the corporation (including its board of directors, independent legal counsel, or its stockholders) that indemnification of the claimant is prohibited, shall be a defense to the action or create a presumption that indemnification of the claimant is prohibited.

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Annex E

THIRDFOURTH RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF
SELECT COMFORT CORPORATION

        These Fourth Restated Articles of Incorporation supersede the Third Restated Articles of Incorporation supersede the Second Restated Articles of Incorporation dated August 31, 1998 and all amendments thereto, and were duly adopted pursuant to Chapter 302A of the Minnesota Statutes, as amended (the "MBCA").

This excerpt taken from the SCSS 8-K filed Aug 27, 2008.
Indemnification.  Each Affiliate will indemnify and hold harmless, to the extent permitted by law, each of its directors, officers and employees against any and all liabilities, losses, costs and expenses (including legal fees) of every kind and nature that may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against such person at any time by reason of such individual’s services at the request of the Affiliate in connection with the Plan, but only if such individual did not act dishonestly or in bad faith or in willful violation of the law, regulation or Company by-law under which such liability, loss, cost or expense arises.  An Affiliate has the right, but not the obligation, to select counsel and control the defense and settlement of any action for which an individual may be entitled to indemnification under this provision.
 
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