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Title 15 Subtitle A Part 15 Subpart D §15.31

Title 15 → Subtitle A → Part 15 → Subpart D → §15.31

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Title 15 Subtitle A Part 15 Subpart D §15.31

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Title 15Subtitle APart 15Subpart D → §15.31


Title 15: Commerce and Foreign Trade
PART 15—LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
Subpart D—Statement of Policy and Procedures Regarding Indemnification of Department of Commerce Employees


§15.31   Policy.

(a) The Department of Commerce may indemnify a present or former Department employee who is personally named as a defendant in any civil suit in state or federal court, or other legal proceeding seeking damages against a present or former Department employee personally, for any verdict, judgment or other monetary award which is rendered against such employee, provided that the conduct giving rise to the verdict, judgment or award was taken within the scope of his/her employment and that such indemnification is in the interest of the Department as determined by the Secretary or his/her designee.

(b) The Department may settle or compromise a personal damage claim against a present or former employee by the payment of available funds at any time provided the alleged conduct giving rise to the personal property claim was taken within the employee's scope of employment and such settlement is in the interest of the Department as determined by the Secretary or his/her designee.

(c) Absent exceptional circumstances, as determined by the Secretary or his/her designee, the Department will not consider a request either to indemnify or to settle a personal damage claim before entry of an adverse verdict, judgment or award.

(d) Any payment under this section either to indemnify a present or former Department employee or to settle a personal damage claim shall be contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds of the Department of Commerce.