WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
Senate Bill 258
Senators Trump and Tarr, original sponsors
[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary; Reported on January 22, 2019]
A BILL to amend and reenact §31B-3-303 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to establishing that the intent and policy of the Legislature is that common law corporate “veil piercing” claims may not be used to impose personal liability on a member or manager of a limited liability company; and nullifying the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia’s decision in Joseph Kubican v. The Tavern, LLC. 232 W. Va. 268, 752 S.E.2d 299 (2013).
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 3. RELATIONS OF MEMBERS AND MANAGERS TO PERSONS DEALING WITH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY.
§31B-3-303. Liability of members and managers.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in §31B-3-303(c) of this
code, the debts, obligations, and liabilities of a limited liability company,
whether arising in contract, tort, or otherwise, are solely the debts,
obligations, and liabilities of the company. A member or manager is not
personally liable for a debt, obligation, or liability of the company
by reason of being or acting as a member or manager. It is the intent and
policy of the Legislature that for any claim against a limited liability
company arising after the effective date of the reenactment of this section during
the regular session of the Legislature, 2019, common law corporate “veil
piercing” claims may not be used to impose personal liability on a member or
manager of a limited liability company, and that the West Virginia Supreme
Court of Appeals decision in Joseph Kubican v. The Tavern, LLC, 232
W.Va. 268, 752 S.E. 2d 299 (2013) be nullified.
(b) The failure of a limited liability company to observe the usual company formalities or requirements relating to the exercise of its company powers or management of its business is not a ground for imposing personal liability on the members or managers for liabilities of the company.
(c) All or specified members of a limited liability company are liable in their capacity as members for all or specified debts, obligations, or liabilities of the company if:
(1) A provision to that effect is contained in the articles of organization; and
(2) A member so liable has consented in writing to the adoption of the provision or to be bound by the provision.