Maine Revised Statutes

§1332. Court costs and counsel fees

1. Court costs.  The court in an appraisal proceeding commenced under section 1331 shall determine all court costs of the proceeding, including the reasonable compensation and expenses of appraisers appointed by the court. The court shall assess the court costs against a corporation, except that the court may assess court costs against all or some of the shareholders demanding appraisal, in amounts the court finds equitable, to the extent the court finds the shareholders acted arbitrarily, vexatiously or not in good faith with respect to the rights provided by this chapter.
[ 2007, c. 289, §41 (AMD) .]
2. Counsel; expect fees Court-assessed expenses.  The court in an appraisal proceeding under section 1331 may also assess the expenses for the respective parties, in amounts the court finds equitable:
A. Against a corporation and in favor of any or all shareholders demanding appraisal if the court finds the corporation did not substantially comply with the requirements of section 1321, 1323, 1325 or 1326; or [2001, c. 640, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2001, c. 640, Pt. B, §7 (AFF).]
B. Against either a corporation or a shareholder demanding appraisal, in favor of any other party, if the court finds that the party against whom the expenses are assessed acted arbitrarily, vexatiously or not in good faith with respect to the rights provided by this chapter. [2007, c. 289, §41 (AMD).]
[ RR 2007, c. 1, §6 (COR) .]
3. Fees awarded from settlement.  If the court in an appraisal proceeding under section 1331 finds that the expenses incurred by any shareholder were of substantial benefit to other shareholders similarly situated and that those expenses should not be assessed against the corporation, the court may direct that those expenses be paid out of the amounts awarded the shareholders who were benefitted.
[ 2007, c. 289, §41 (AMD) .]
4. Corporation fails to make payment.  To the extent a corporation fails to make a required payment pursuant to section 1325, 1326 or 1327, a shareholder may sue directly for the amount owed and, to the extent successful, is entitled to recover from the corporation all expenses of the suit.
[ 2007, c. 289, §41 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2001, c. 640, §A2 (NEW). 2001, c. 640, §B7 (AFF). RR 2007, c. 1, §6 (COR). 2007, c. 289, §41 (AMD).