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Title: COMPANY AGREEMENT OF COMPANY MANAGEMENT, LLC a Texas Limited Liability Company
Governing Law: Texas     Date: 9/27/2011

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Exhibit 3.86

 

COMPANY AGREEMENT
OF
COMPANY MANAGEMENT, LLC
a Texas Limited Liability Company

 

This Company Agreement of Company Management, LLC is executed as of February 15th, 2008 (the “Effective Date”) by the persons who sign and are identified as “Members” in this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE I
DEFINITIONS

 

1.01   Definitions .  As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“Affiliate” means, with reference to any person, any other person controlling, controlled by or under direct or indirect common control with such person.

 

“Agreement” means this Company Agreement, as amended from time to time.

 

“Assignee” means a person who receives a Transfer of all or a portion of the Membership Interest of a Member, but who has not been admitted to the Company as a Member.

 

“Bankrupt Member” means (except to the extent a Simple Majority consents otherwise) any Member (a) that (i) makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors; (ii) files a voluntary bankruptcy petition; (iii) becomes the subject of an order for relief or is declared insolvent in any federal or state bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings; (iv) files a petition or answer seeking for the Member a reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution, termination, or similar relief under any law; (v) files an answer or other pleading admitting or failing to contest the material allegations of a petition filed against the Member in a Proceeding of the type described in subclauses (i) through (iv) of this clause (a); or (vi) seeks, consents to, or acquiesces in the appointment of a trustee, receiver, or liquidator of the Member’s or of all or any substantial part of the Member’s properties; or (b) against which a Proceeding seeking reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution, or similar relief under any law has been commenced and one hundred twenty (120) days have expired without dismissal thereof or with respect to which, without the Member’s consent or acquiescence, a trustee, receiver, or liquidator of the Member or of all or any substantial part of the Member’s properties has been appointed and ninety (90) days have expired without the appointment’s having been vacated or stayed, or ninety (90) days have expired after the date of expiration of a stay, if the appointment has not previously been vacated,

 



 

“Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a holiday on which national banking associations in the State of Texas are closed.

 

“Capital Account” means a capital account maintained for a Member as provided by Treasury Regulation 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv) of the Regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

 

“Capital Contribution” means the amount of money and the Net Value of property other than money contributed to the Company by a Member.

 

“Capital Commitment” of a Member represents the aggregate amount of capital that such Member has agreed to contribute to the Company.

 

“Certificate of Formation” means the initial, amended, and restated certificate of formation of the Company.

 

“Company” means Company Management, LLC, a Texas limited liability company.

 

“Default Interest Rate” means a rate per annum equal to the lesser of (a) ten percent (10%) plus the prime rate published in The Wall Street Journal on the day the rate is determined (or the most recent day on which The Wall Street Journal was published if the paper is not published on the day the rate is determined), or, (b) the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.

 

“Former Member” means any person who had executed this Agreement, as of the date of this Agreement as a Member, or hereafter is admitted to the Company as a Member, as provided in this Agreement, but who is no longer a Member of the Company; however, this term does not include a person who ceases to be a Member as a result of bankruptcy, default, expulsion, or legal disqualification to render the Professional Service the Company was organized to render.

 

“Fundamental Business Transaction” has that meaning assigned to it by the definitions in the TBOC, as may be amended from time to time, and includes (a) a merger, (b) an interest exchange, (c) a conversion, or (d) a sale of all or substantially all of an entity’s assets (with or without good will), other than in the usual and regular course of the Company’s business.

 

“General Interest Rate” means a rate per annum equal to the lesser of (a) the prime rate published in The Wall Street Journal on the day the rate is determined (or the most recent day on which The Wall Street Journal was published if the paper is not published on the day the rate is determined), or, (b) the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.

 

“Internal Revenue Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and any successor statute, as amended from time to time.

 

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“Manager” means any person named in the Certificate of Formation as an initial Manager of the Company and any person hereafter elected as a Manager of the Company as provided in this Agreement, but does not include any person who has ceased to be a Manager of the Company.

 

“Member” means any person executing this Agreement as of the date of this Agreement as a Member or hereafter admitted to the Company as a Member as provided in this Agreement, but does not include any person who has ceased to be a Member of the Company.

 

“Membership Interest” means the interest of a Member in the Company, including, without limitation, rights to distributions (liquidating or otherwise), allocations, information, and to consent or approve.

 

“Net Value” means in connection with a Capital Contribution of property, the value of the asset less any indebtedness to which the asset is subject when contributed.

 

“Percentage Interest” meant the ratio in which the Members shall share profits and losses, as provided in this Agreement.  The sum of the Members’ Percentage Interests shall be one hundred percent (100%).

 

“Person” means any business entity, trust, estate, executor, administrator, or individual.

 

“Proceeding” means any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, arbitrative or investigative.

 

“Simple Majority” means one or more Members having among them more than fifty percent (50%) of the Percentage Interests of all Members.

 

“Super Majority” means one or more Members having among them more than sixty-six and sixty-seven hundredths percent (66.67%) of the Percentage Interests of all Members.

 

“TBOC” means the Texas Business Organizations Code, including any successor statute, as amended from time to time.

 

“Transfer” means any sale, transfer, encumbrance, gift, donation, assignment, pledge, hypothecation, or other form of transfer of a Membership Interest or any portion of a Membership Interest, whether voluntary or involuntary, whether attempted or completed, and whether during the transferor’s lifetime or upon or after the transferor’s death, including by operation of law, court order, judicial process, foreclosure, levy or attachment.

 

Other terms defined herein have the meaning so given them.

 

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ARTICLE II
ORGANIZATION

 

2.01  Formation .  The Company has been organized as a Texas limited liability company by filing a Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State of Texas, which may be amended or restated from time to time.

 

2.02  Name .  The name of the Company is “Company Management, LLC” and all Company business must be conducted in that name or such other names that comply with applicable law as the Managers may select from time to lime.

 

2.03  Registered Office and Registered Agent .  The registered office of the Company required by the TBOC to be maintained in the State of Texas shall be the office of the initial registered agent named in the Certificate of Formation or such other office (which need not be a place of business of the Company) as the Managers may designate from time to time in the Manner provided by law.  The registered agent of the Company in the State of Texas shall be the initial registered agent named in the Certificate of Formation or such other person or persons as the Managers may designate from time to time in the manner provided by law.

 

2.04  Principal Office and Other Offices .  The principal office of the Company in the United States shall be at such place as the Managers may designate from time to time, which need not be in the State of Texas.  The Company may have such other offices as the Managers may designate from time to time.

 

2.05  Purposes .  The primary purposes of the Company shall be any lawful purpose which may be undertaken by the company in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Texas Business Organizations Code.

 

2.06  Powers .  The Company shall have all powers necessary, suitable or convenient for the accomplishment of the purposes of the Company, including without limitation (a) to make and perform all contracts; (b) to borrow or lend money and secure payment thereof, (c) to engage in all activities and transactions; and (d) to have all powers available to a limited liability company under (i) the TBOC, (ii) any other laws in the State of Texas, and (iii) the laws of any other jurisdiction where the Company conducts business.

 

2.07  Foreign Qualification .  Prior to the Company’s conducting business in any jurisdiction other than Texas, the Managers shall cause the Company to comply, to the extent procedures are available and those matters are reasonably within the control of the Managers, with all requirements necessary to qualify the Company as a foreign limited liability company in that jurisdiction.  At the request of the Managers, each Member shall immediately execute, acknowledge, swear to, and deliver all certificates and other instruments conforming with this Agreement that are necessary or appropriate to qualify, continue, and terminate the Company as a foreign limited liability company in all such jurisdictions in which the Company may conduct business.

 

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2.08  Term .  The Company will commence on first proper filing of the Certificate of Formation for the Company with the Secretary of the State of Texas, and will continue until the Company terminates under the terms of this Agreement.

 

2.09  Mergers and Exchanges .  The Company may be a party to a merger, an exchange, or acquisition under the TBOC, subject to the requirements of this Agreement.

 

2.10  No State-Law Partnership .  The Members intend that the Company not be a partnership, a limited partnership, or a joint venture, and that no Member or Manager be a partner or joint venturer of any other Member or Manager, for any purposes other than federal and state tax purposes, and this Agreement may not be construed to suggest otherwise.

 

ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

 

3.01  Initial Members, Capital Commitments, and Percentage Interests .  The persons listed on Exhibit A are hereby admitted to the Company as a Member, effective contemporaneously with the Effective Date of formation of the Company.  Set forth opposite the name of each Member listed on Exhibit A is such Member’s Capital Commitment and its Percentage Interest.  Exhibit A may be amended from time to time to reflect changes in or additions to the membership of the Company.  Any such amended Exhibit A shall (a) supersede all prior Exhibit A’s, (b) become part of this Agreement, and (c) be kept on file at the principal office of the Company.  Each Member represents that the Member is acquiring an interest in the Company for the account of such Member and not with a view to distribution thereof within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws.  The Member will not transfer such interest in contravention of that act or any applicable state or federal securities laws.

 

3.02  Additional Members .  Additional persons may be admitted to the Company as Additional Members on such terms and conditions as shall be determined by unanimous consent of the Managers.  The additional Members must be licensed or otherwise authorized to render the Professional Service which the Company was organized to render.  The terms of admission or issuance must specify the Percentage Interests and the Capital Commitments applicable thereto.  The terms of admission or issuance may also provide for the creation of different classes or groups of Members and having different rights, powers, and duties.  The Managers shall reflect the creation of any new class or group in an amendment to this Agreement indicating the different rights, powers, and duties, and such an amendment need be executed only by the Managers.

 

3.03  Member Rights Specified in Agreement .  Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Agreement, no Member shall have the right (a) to sell, transfer or assign its interest in the Company; (b) to require partition of the property of the Company; (c) to compel the sale of Company assets; or (d) to cause the winding up of the Company.

 

3.04  No Authority .  Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Agreement, no Member (other than a Manager or an officer) has the authority or power to (a) transact business in the name of or on behalf of the Company, (b) bind or obligate the Company, or (c) incur any expenditures on behalf of the Company.

 

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3.05  Liability to Third Parties .  No Member or Manager shall be liable for the debts, obligations or liabilities of the Company, including under a judgment decree or order of a court, except as provided by Section 301.010 of the TBOC.

 

3.06  Withdrawal .  A Member may withdraw from the Company with sixty (60) days notice to the Managers of the Company, subject to winding up or termination as provided in Article XVI of this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE IV
CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS

 

4.01  Initial Contributions .  Contemporaneously with the execution of this Agreement, each Member shall make the initial Capital Contribution described for that Member in Exhibit A.

 

4.02  No Further Contributions .  No Member shall be required to make any Capital Contributions other than those specifically described by this Agreement, unless agreed to in writing by the contributing Member or required by the TBOC.

 

4.03  Return of Contributions .  No Member is entitled to the return of any part of its Capital Contributions or to be paid interest in respect of either its Capital Account or its Capital Contributions.  An unrepaid Capital Contribution is not a liability of the Company or of any Member.

 

4.04  Loans by Members .  If the Company does not have sufficient cash to pay its obligations, any Member that may agree to do so with the Managers’ consent may advance all or part of the needed funds to or on behalf of the Company.  An advance described in this paragraph constitutes a loan from the Member to the Company, bears interest at the General Interest Rate from the date of the advance until the date of payment, and is not a Capital Contribution.

 

4.05  Capital Accounts .  A Capital Account shall be established and maintained for each Member.  The Capital Account of each Member:

 

(a) shall consist of (i) the amount of money contributed by that Member to the Company, and (ii) the fair market value of property contributed by that Member to the Company (net of liabilities secured by the contributed property that the Company is considered to assume or take subject to under Section 752 of the Internal Revenue Code);

 

(b) shall be increased by allocations to that Member of the Company income and gain (or items thereof), including income and gain exempt from tax and income and gain described in Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(g), but excluding income and gain described in Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(4)(i); and

 

(c) shall be decreased by (i) the amount of money distributed to that Member by the Company, (ii) the fair market value of property distributed to that Member by the Company (net of liabilities secured by the distributed property that the Member is considered to assume or take subject to section 752 of the Internal Revenue Code), (iii) allocations to that Member of expenditures of the Company described in Section 705(a)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code, and (iv) allocations of Company loss and deduction (or items thereof), including loss and

 

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deduction described in Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(g), but excluding items described in clause (c)(iii) above and loss or deduction described in Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(4)(i) or § 1.704-1(b)(4)(iii).

 

The Capital Account of each Member also shall be maintained and adjusted as permitted by the provisions of Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(f) and as required by the other provisions of Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv) and 1.704-1(b)(4), including adjustments to reflect the allocations to the Members of depreciation, depletion, amortization, and gain or loss as computed for tax purposes, as required by Treasury Regulation §1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(g).  A Member that has more than one Membership Interest shall have a single Capital Account that reflects all its Membership Interests, regardless of the class of Membership Interests owned by that Member and regardless of the time or manner in which those Membership Interests were acquired.  On the transfer of all or part of a Membership Interest, the Capital Account of the transferor that is attributable to the transferred Membership Interest or part thereof shall carry over to the transferee Member in accordance with the provisions of Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(1).

 

ARTICLE V
ALLOCATIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS

 

5.01  Allocations .

 

(a) Except as may be required by Section 704(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(f)(4), all items of income, gain, loss, deduction and credit of the Company shall be allocated among the Members in accordance with their Percentage Interests.

 

(b) All items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit allocable to any Membership Interest that may have been transferred shall be allocated between the transferor and the transferee based on the portion of the calendar year during which each was recognized as owning that Membership Interest, without regard to the results of Company operations during any particular portion of that calendar year and without regard to whether cash distributions were made to the transferor or the transferee during that calendar year; provided, however, that this allocation must be made in accordance with a method permissible under Section 706 of the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations thereunder.

 

(c) In the event any Member unexpectedly receives any adjustments, allocations or distributions described in § l.704-l(b)(2)(ii)(d)(4), (5) or (6) of the Treasury Regulations, items of the Company’s income and gain shall be specially allocated as a qualified income offset to each such Member in an amount and manner sufficient to eliminate, to the extent required by the Treasury Regulations, the Adjusted Capital Account Deficit of such Member as quickly as possible, provided that an allocation pursuant to this paragraph 5.01(c) shall be made only if and to the extent that such Member has an Adjusted Capital Account Deficit after all other allocations provided for in this Article have been tentatively made as if this paragraph 5.01(c) were not in this Agreement.

 

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5.02   Distributions .

 

(a) From time to time (but at least once each calendar quarter) the Managers shall determine in their reasonable judgment to what extent (if any) the Company’s cash on hand exceeds its current and anticipated needs, including, without limitation, for operating expenses, debt service, acquisitions, and a reasonable contingency reserve.  If such an excess exists, the Managers shall cause the Company to distribute to the Members, in accordance with their Percentage Interests, an amount in cash equal to that excess.

 

(b) From time to time the Managers also may cause property of the Company other than cash to be distributed to the Members, which distribution must be made in accordance with their Percentage Interests and may be made subject to existing liabilities and obligations.  Immediately prior to such a distribution, the Capital Accounts of the Members shall be adjusted as provided in Treasury Regulation § 1.704-1(b)(2)(iv)(f).

 

ARTICLE VI
MANAGEMENT

 

6.01   Management by Managers .  Except for situations in which the approval of the Members is required by this Agreement or by nonwaivable provisions of applicable law, and subject to the provisions of paragraph 6.02 of this Agreement, the Managers shall have the sole and exclusive control of the management, business and affairs of the Company, and the Managers shall make all decisions and take all actions for the Company not otherwise provided for in this Agreement, including, without limitation, the following:

 

(a) entering into, making, and performing contracts, agreements, and other undertakings binding the Company that may be necessary, appropriate, or advisable in furtherance of the purposes of the Company and making all decisions and waivers thereunder, including a Fundamental Business Transaction;

 

(b) opening and maintaining bank and investment accounts and arrangements, drawing checks and other orders for the payment of money, and designating individuals with authority to sign or give instructions with respect to those accounts and arrangements;

 

(c) maintaining the assets of the Company in good order;

 

(d) collecting sums due the Company;

 

(e) to the extent that funds of the Company are available therefor, paying debts and obligations of the Company;

 

(f) acquiring, utilizing for Company purposes, and disposing of any asset of the Company;

 

(g) borrowing money or otherwise committing the credit of the Company for Company activities and voluntary prepayments or extensions of debt;

 

(h) selecting, removing, and changing the authority and responsibility of lawyers, accountants, and other advisers and consultants;

 

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(i) obtaining insurance for the Company;

 

(j) determining distributions of Company cash and other property as provided in paragraph 5.02 of this Agreement;

 

(k) establishing a seal for the Company; and

 

(l) designating one or more committees, each of which shall be comprised of one or more Managers, to exercise any authority of the Managers in the management, business and affairs of the Company.

 

6.02   Restrictions .  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 6.01 of this Agreement, the Managers may not cause the Company to do any of the following without complying with the applicable requirements set forth below:

 

(a) enter into a Fundamental Business Transaction, without complying with the applicable procedures set forth in the TBOC regarding approval by the Members (unless such provisions rendered inapplicable by another provision of applicable law);

 

(b) do any act in violation of this Agreement;

 

(c) admit a Member, except as expressly permitted by this Agreement;

 

(d) do any act which requires the prior approval of the Members;

 

(e) possess Company property or assign rights in Company property, other than for a Company purpose; or

 

(f) amend this Agreement, except as expressly permitted by this Agreement.

 

6.03   Conflicts of Interest .  Subject to the other express provisions of this Agreement, each Manager, Member and officer of the Company at any time and from time to time may engage in and possess interests in other business ventures of any and every type and description, independently or with others, including ones in competition with the Company, with no obligation to offer to the Company or any other Member, Manager or officer the right to participate therein.  The Company may transact business with any Manager, Member, officer or Affiliate thereof, provided the contract or transaction is fair to the Company as of the time it is authorized or ratified by Managers or Members, as the case may be.

 

6.04   Number and Term of Office .   The number of Managers of the Company shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Managers, and shall consist of at least one (1); provided, however, that no decrease in the number of Managers that would have the effect of shortening the term of an incumbent Manager may be made by the Managers.  If the Managers make no such determination, the number of Managers shall be the number set forth in the Certificate of Formation as the number of Managers constituting the initial Managers.  Each Manager shall hold office for the term for which he is elected and thereafter until his successor shall have been elected and qualified, or until his earlier death, resignation or removal, Unless

 

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otherwise provided in the Certificate of Formation, Managers need not be Members or residents of the State of Texas.

 

6.05   Vacancies; Removal; Resignation .  Any Manager position to be filled by reason of an increase in the number of Managers or other reason may be filled by election at an annual or special meeting of Members called for that purpose.  A Manager elected to fill a vacancy occurring other than by reason of an increase in the number of Managers shall be elected for the unexpired term of his predecessor in office.  At any meeting of Members at which a quorum of Members is present called expressly for that purpose, or pursuant to a written consent adopted pursuant to this Agreement, any Manager may be removed, with or without cause, by a Super Majority.  Any Manager may resign at any time.  Such resignation shall be made in writing and shall take effect at the time specified therein, or if no time be specified, at the time of its receipt by the remaining Managers.  The acceptance of a resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective, unless expressly so provided in the resignation.

 

6.06  Compensation .  For their services in the management of the Company and its operations, the Managers may receive such compensation, if any, as may be designated from time to time by a Simple Majority of the Members.

 

6.07   Reimbursement .  The Managers are not required to advance any funds to pay costs and expenses of the Company.  However, in the event the Managers advance such funds, the Managers shall be entitled to be reimbursed for out-of-packet costs and expenses incurred in the course of their service hereunder, including the portion of their overhead reasonably allocable to Company activities.

 

6.08  Meetings .

 

(a) Unless otherwise required by law or provided in the Certificate of Formation or this Agreement, a majority of the total number of Managers fixed by, or in the manner provided in, the Certificate of Formation or this Agreement shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Managers, and the act of a majority of the Managers present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Managers.  A Manager who is present at a meeting of the Managers at which action on any Company matter is taken shall be presumed to have assented to the action unless his dissent shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting or unless he shall file his written dissent to such action with the person acting as secretary of the meeting before the adjournment thereof or shall deliver such dissent to the Company immediately after the adjournment of the meeting.  Such right to dissent shall not apply to a Manager who voted in favor of such action.

 

(b) Meetings of the Managers may be held at such place or places as shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Managers.  At all meetings of the Managers, business shall be transacted in such order as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Managers.  Attendance of a Manager at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Manager attends a meeting for the purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

 

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(c) In connection with any annual meeting of Members at which Managers were elected, the Managers may, if a quorum is present, hold its first meeting for the transaction of business immediately after and at the same place as such annual meeting of the Members.  Notice of such meeting at such time and place shall not be required.

 

(d) Regular meetings of the Managers shall be held at such times and places as shall be designated from time to time by resolution of the Managers.  Notice of such regular meetings shall not be required.

 

(e) Special meetings of the Managers may be called by any Manager on at least 24 hours notice to each other Manager.  Such notice need not state the purpose or purposes of, nor the business to be transacted at, such meeting, except as may otherwise be required by law or provided for by the Certificate of Formation or this Agreement.  Notice of special meetings may be given by facsimile or electronic message (e-mail).

 

6.09  Approval or Ratification of Acts or Contracts by Members .   The Managers in their discretion may submit any act or contract for approval or ratification at any annual meeting of the Members, or at any special meeting of the Members called for the purpose of considering any such act or contract.  Any act or contract that shall be approved or be ratified by a majority of the Managers shall be as valid and as binding upon the Company and upon all the Members as if it shall have been approved or ratified by every Member of the Company.

 

6.10  Action Without Meeting .  Any action permitted or required by the TBOC, the Certificate of Formation or this Agreement to be taken at a meeting of the Managers or any committee designated by the Managers may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action to be taken, is signed by all the Managers or members of such committee, as the case may be.  Every written consent shall bear the date of signature of each Manager who signs the consent, and the consent may be in one or more counterparts.  A telegram, telex, cablegram or similar transmission by a Manager, or a photographic, photostatic, facsimile or similar reproduction of a writing signed by a Manager, shall be regarded as signed by the Manager for purposes of this paragraph.  Such consent shall have the same force and effect as a unanimous vote at a meeting and may be stated as such in any document or instrument filed with the Secretary of State of Texas, and the execution of such consent shall constitute attendance or presence in person at a meeting of the Managers or any such committee, as the case may be.  The signed consent or a signed copy of the consent shall be kept on file at the principal office of the Company.

 

6.11  Action by Telephone Conference or Other Remote Communications Technology .  Subject to the requirements of the TBOC, the Certificate of Formation or this Agreement for notice of meetings, unless otherwise restricted by the Certificate of Formation, Managers, or members of any committee designated by the Managers, may participate in and hold a meeting of the Managers or any committee of Managers, as the case may be, by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other.  Or, another suitable electronic communications system may be used including video-conferencing technology or the Internet, but only if, each Manager entitled to participate in the meeting consents to the meeting being held by means of that system and the system provides access to the meeting in a manner or using a method by which each Manager

 

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participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with each other participant.  Participation in such meeting shall constitute attendance and presence in person at such meeting, except where a person participates in the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

 

6.12  Broad Discretion and Authority of Managers .  Each Member acknowledges and understands that the Managers are granted broad discretion and authority under this Agreement and that the Managers’ exercise of such broad discretion and authority may impair the value of the Membership Interest of the Member.  Such Member further acknowledges and understands that the Managers would not cause the Company to issue a Membership Interest to the Member if the Managers did not have such broad discretion and authority, and such Member agrees not to challenge the Manager’s exercise of such discretion and authority.

 

ARTICLE VII
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

 

7.01  Confidential Information .  The Members agree that the Managers from time to time may determine, due to contractual obligations, business concerns, or other considerations, that certain information regarding the business, affairs, properties, and financial condition of the Company should be kept confidential and not provided to some or all other Members, and that it is not just or reasonable for those Members or assignees or representatives thereof to examine or copy that information.  The Members acknowledge that, from time to time, they may receive information from or regarding the Company in the nature of trade secrets or that otherwise is confidential, the release of which may be damaging to the Company or persons with which it does business.  Each Member shall hold in strict confidence any information it receives regarding the Company that is identified as being confidential (and if that information is provided in writing, that is so marked) and may not disclose it to any person other than another Member or a Manager, except for disclosures (i) compelled by law (but the Member must notify the Managers promptly of any request for that information, before disclosing it, if practicable), (ii) to advisers or representatives of the Member or persons to which that Member’s Membership Interest may be transferred as permitted by this Agreement, but only if the recipients have agreed to be bound by the provisions of this paragraph, or (iii) of information that Member also has received from a source independent of the Company that the Member reasonably believes obtained that information without breach of any obligation of confidentiality.

 

7.02.  Specific Performance .  The Members acknowledge that breach of the provisions of paragraph 7.01 of this Agreement may cause irreparable injury to the Company for which monetary damages are inadequate, difficult to compute, or both.  Accordingly, the Members agree that the provisions of paragraph 7.01 of this Agreement may be enforced by specific performance.

 

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ARTICLE VIII
MEETING OF MEMBERS

 

8.01  Meetings .

 

(a) A quorum shall be present at a meeting of Members if the holders of a Simple Majority are represented at the meeting in person or by proxy.  With respect to any matter, other than a matter for which the affirmative vote of the holders of a specified portion of the Percentage Interests of all Members entitled to vote is required by the TBOC or this Agreement, the affirmative vote of a Simple Majority at a meeting of Members at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Members, except as provided by another specific provision in this Agreement.

 

(b) All meetings of the Members shall be held at the principal place of business of the Company or at such other place within or outside the State of Texas as shall be specified or fixed in the notices or waivers of notice thereof; provided that any or all Members may participate in any such meetings by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment pursuant to paragraph 8.06 of this Agreement.

 

(c) Notwithstanding the other provisions of the Certificate of Formation or this Agreement, the chairman of the meeting or the holders of a Super Majority shall have the power to adjourn such meeting from time to time, without any notice other than announcement at the meeting of the time and place of the holding of the adjourned meeting.  If such meeting is adjourned by the Members, such time and place shall be determined by a vote of the holders of a Super Majority.  Upon the resumption of such adjourned meeting, any business may be transacted that might have been transacted at the meeting as originally called.

 

(d) An annual meeting of the Members, for the election of the Managers and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting, shall be held at such place, within or outside the State of Texas, on such date and at such time as the Managers shall fix and set forth in the notice of the meeting, which date shall be within thirteen (13) months subsequent to the date of organization of the Company or the last annual meeting of Members, whichever occurred most recently.

 

(e) Special meetings of the Members for any proper purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the Managers or the holders of at least ten percent (10%) of the Percentage Interests of all Members.  If not otherwise stated in or fixed in accordance with the remaining provisions hereof, the record date for determining Members entitled to call a special meeting is the date any Member first signs the notice of that meeting.  Only business within the purpose or purposes described in the notice (or waiver thereof) required by this Agreement may be conducted at a special meeting of the Members.

 

(f) Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting and, in the case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than ten (10) nor more than sixty (60) days before the date of the meeting, either personally or by mail, by or at the direction of the Managers or person calling the meeting, to each Member entitled to vote at such meeting.  If mailed, any such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, addressed to the Member at his address provided for in paragraph 13.02 of this Agreement, with postage thereon prepaid.

 

(g) The date on which notice of a meeting of Members is mailed or the date on which the resolution of the Managers declaring a distribution is adopted, as the case may be, shall

 

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be the record date for the determination of the Members entitled to notice of or to vote at such meeting, including any adjournment thereof, or the Members entitled to receive such distribution.

 

(h) Notice of meetings may be given to Members by facsimile or electronic message (e-mail).

 

8.02  Voting List .  The Managers shall make, at least ten (10) days before each meeting of Members, a complete list of the Members entitled to vote at such meeting or any adjournment thereof, arranged in alphabetical order, with the address of and the Percentage Interests held by each.  Such list, for a period of ten (10) days prior to such meeting, shall be kept on file at the registered office or principal place of business of the Company and shall be subject to inspection by any Member at any time during usual business hours.  Such list shall also be produced and kept open at the time and place of the meeting and shall be subject to the inspection of any Member during the whole time of the meeting.  The original membership records shall be prima-facie evidence as to who are the Members entitled to examine such list or transfer records or to vote at any meet


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