Title 42
State Affairs and Government

Chapter 64
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-64-40

§ 42-64-40. Court-approved settlements.

(a) Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, a person, corporation, or other entity who has resolved its liability to the Rhode Island commerce corporation in a judicially approved good faith settlement is not liable for claims for contribution or equitable indemnity regarding matters addressed in the settlement. The settlement does not discharge any other joint tortfeasors unless its terms provide, but it reduces the potential liability of the joint tortfeasors by the amount of the settlement.

(b) The provisions of this section apply solely and exclusively to settlements of claims asserted or previously asserted by the Rhode Island economic development corporation or the Rhode Island commerce corporation or hereafter asserted by the Rhode Island commerce corporation arising out of or relating to the issuance by the Rhode Island economic development corporation of seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) in revenue bonds denominated “THE RHODE ISLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION JOB CREATION GUARANTY PROGRAM TAXABLE REVENUE BOND (38 STUDIOS, LLC PROJECT) SERIES 2010” and shall not be construed to amend or repeal the provisions of chapter 6 of title 10 relating to contributions among joint tortfeasors, other than as specifically provided in this section.

(c) For purposes of this section, a good faith settlement is one that does not exhibit collusion, fraud, dishonesty, or other wrongful or tortious conduct intended to prejudice the non-settling tortfeasor(s), irrespective of the settling or non-settling tortfeasors’ proportionate share of liability.

History of Section.
P.L. 2014, ch. 3, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 4, § 1.