351.05 Immunity.

(A) Except for civil actions that arise out of the operation of a motor vehicle and civil actions in which the convention facilities authority is the plaintiff, no director, officer, or employee of a convention facilities authority shall be liable in any civil action that arises under the law of this state for damage or injury caused in the performance of his duties, unless his actions were manifestly outside the scope of his employment or official responsibilities, or unless he acted with malicious purpose, in bad faith, or in a wanton or reckless manner.

This division does not eliminate, limit, or reduce any immunity from civil liability that is conferred upon a director, officer, or employee by any other provision of the Revised Code or by case law.

(B)

(1) A convention facilities authority shall indemnify a director, officer, or employee from liability incurred in the performance of his duties by paying any judgment in, or amount negotiated in settlement of, any civil action arising under federal law, the law of another state, or the law of a foreign jurisdiction. The reasonableness of the amount of any consent judgment or settlement is subject to the review and approval of the authority's board of directors. The maximum aggregate amount of indemnification paid directly from funds to or on behalf of any director, officer, or employee pursuant to this division shall be one million dollars per occurrence, regardless of the number of persons who suffer damage, injury, or death as a result of the occurrence.

(2) An authority shall not indemnify a director, officer, or employee under any of the following circumstances:

(a) To the extent the director, officer, or employee is covered by a policy of civil liability insurance purchased by the authority;

(b) When the director, officer, or employee acts manifestly outside the scope of his employment or official responsibilities, with malicious purpose, in bad faith, or in a wanton or reckless manner;

(c) For any portion of a judgment that represents punitive or exemplary damages;

(d) For any portion of a consent judgment or settlement that is unreasonable.

(3) The authority may purchase policies of insurance on behalf of directors, officers, and employees of the authority from insurers licensed to do business in this state providing coverage for damages in connection with any civil action, demand, or claim against the director, officer, or employee by reason of an act or omission by the director, officer, or employee occurring in the performance of his duties and not coming within the terms of division (B)(2)(b) of this section.

(C) This section does not affect either of the following:

(1) Any defense that would otherwise be available in an action alleging personal liability of a director, officer, or employee;

(2) The operation of section 9.83 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 351.05

History. Effective Date: 02-20-1986