Business Judgment Rule

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Business Judgment Rule

In American business law, the concept granting members of the board of directors of a corporation the presumption that they intend to work for the company's profitability, provided they act in good faith. That is, courts assume boards of directors think they are doing the right thing even if an act harms the company in retrospect. This protects members from shareholder lawsuits in the event their actions do not go as planned. On the other hand, if a board of directors is found to have squandered the company's resources by, for example, grossly overpaying when buying or receiving far too little when selling assets, it may still be found legally liable.
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