Indemnification Agreement

Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation Indemnification Agreement

 
Exhibit 10.1
 
IRONCLAD PERFORMANCE WEAR CORPORATION
 
This Indemnification Agreement (“Agreement”) is effective as of __________, by and between Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation, a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), and _____________ (“Indemnitee”).
 
WHEREAS, the Company and Indemnitee recognize the increasing difficulty in obtaining liability insurance for its officers and directors, the significant increases in the cost of such insurance and the general reductions in the coverage of such insurance; and
 
WHEREAS, the Company and Indemnitee further recognize the substantial increase in corporate litigation, subjecting officers and directors to expensive litigation risks at the same time as the availability and coverage of liability insurance has been severely limited; and
 
WHEREAS, Indemnitee does not regard the current protection available as adequate under the present circumstances, and the Indemnitee and other officers and directors of the Company may not be willing to continue to serve in such capacities without additional protection; and
 
WHEREAS, the Company desires to attract and retain the services of highly qualified individuals, such as Indemnitee, to serve the Company and, in part, in order to induce Indemnitee to continue to provide services to the Company, wishes to provide for the indemnification and advancing of expenses to Indemnitee to the maximum extent permitted by law.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration for Indemnitee’s agreement to continue to serve the company, the Company and Indemnitee hereby agree as follows:
 
1. Indemnification.
 
(a) Indemnification of Expenses.  The Company shall indemnify Indemnitee to the fullest extent permitted by law if Indemnitee was or is or becomes a party to or witness or other participant in, or is threatened to be made a party to or witness or other participant in, any threatened, pending or completed action, suit, proceeding or alternative dispute resolution mechanism, or any hearing, inquiry or investigation that Indemnitee in good faith believes might lead to the institution of any such action, suit, proceeding or alternative dispute resolution mechanism, whether civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other, including any proceeding by or in the right of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company (hereinafter a “Claim”) by reason of (or arising in part out of) any event or occurrence, arising or occurring at any time before or after the date of this Agreement, related to the fact that Indemnitee is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the Company, or any subsidiary of the Company, or is or was serving at the request of the Company as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, or by reason of any action or inaction on the part of Indemnitee while serving in such capacity (hereinafter an “Indemnifiable Event”) against any and all expenses (including attorneys’ fees, disbursements of and retainers, accounting and witness fees, travel and deposition costs, and all other costs, expenses and obligations incurred in connection with investigating, defending, being a witness in or participating in (including an appeal), or preparing to defend, be a witness in or participate in, any such action, suit, proceeding, alternative dispute resolution mechanism, hearing, inquiry or investigation), judgments, fines, penalties and amounts paid in settlement (if such settlement is approved in advance by the Company, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld) of such Claim and any federal, state, local or foreign taxes imposed on the Indemnitee as a result of the actual or deemed receipt of any payments under this Agreement (collectively hereinafter, “Expenses”), including all interest, assessments and other charges paid or payable in connection with or in respect of such Expenses.
 
 
 

 
 
(b) Reviewing Party.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) the obligation of the Company under Section 1(a) shall be subject to the condition that the Reviewing Party (as described in Section 10(e) hereof) shall not have determined (in a written opinion in any case in which the Independent Legal Counsel referred to in Section 1(c) hereof is involved) that Indemnitee would not be permitted to be indemnified under applicable law, and (ii) the obligation of the Company to make an advance payment of Expenses to Indemnitee pursuant to Section 2(a) (an “Expense Advance”) shall be subject to the condition that, if, when and to the extent that the Reviewing Party shall have determined that Indemnitee would not be permitted to be so indemnified under applicable law, the Company shall be entitled to be reimbursed by Indemnitee (who hereby agrees to reimburse the Company) for all such amounts theretofore paid; provided, however, that if Indemnitee has commenced or thereafter commences legal proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to secure a determination that Indemnitee should be indemnified under applicable law, any determination made by the Reviewing Party that Indemnitee would not be permitted to be indemnified under applicable law shall not be binding and Indemnitee shall not be required to reimburse the Company for any Expense Advance until a final judicial determination is made with respect thereto (as to which all rights of appeal therefrom have been exhausted or lapsed).  Indemnitee’s obligation to reimburse the Company for any Expense Advance shall be unsecured and no interest shall be charged thereon. If there has not been a Change in Control (as defined in Section 10(c) hereof), the Reviewing Party shall be selected by the Board of Directors, and if there has been such a Change in Control (other than a Change in Control which has been approved by a majority of the Company’s Board of Directors who were directors immediately prior to such Change in Control), the Reviewing Party shall be the Independent Legal Counsel referred to in Section 1(c) hereof. If there has been no determination by the Reviewing Party or if the Reviewing Party determines that Indemnitee substantively would not be permitted to be indemnified in whole or in part under applicable law, Indemnitee shall have the right to commence litigation seeking an initial determination by the court or challenging any such determination by the Reviewing Party or any aspect thereof, including the legal or factual bases therefor, and the Company hereby consents to service of process and to appear in any such proceeding. Any determination by the Reviewing Party otherwise shall be conclusive and binding on the Company and Indemnitee.
 
(c) Change in Control.  The Company agrees that if there is a Change in Control of the Company (other than a Change in Control which has been approved by a majority of the Company’s Board of Directors who were directors immediately prior to such Change in Control) then with respect to all matters thereafter arising concerning the rights of Indemnitee to payments of Expenses and Expense Advances under this Agreement or any other agreement or under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws as now or hereafter in effect, Independent Legal Counsel (as defined in Section 10(d) hereof) shall be selected by Indemnitee and approved by the Company (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld).  Such counsel, among other things, shall render its written opinion to the Company and Indemnitee as to whether and to what extent Indemnitee would be permitted to be indemnified under applicable law and the Company agrees to abide by such opinion.  The Company agrees to pay the reasonable fees of the Independent Legal Counsel referred to above and to indemnify fully such counsel against any and all expenses (including attorneys’ fees), claims, liabilities and damages arising out of or relating to this Agreement or its engagement pursuant hereto.
 
 
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(d) Mandatory Payment of Expenses.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement other than Section 9 hereof, to the extent that Indemnitee has been successful on the merits or otherwise, including, without limitation, the dismissal of an action without prejudice, in defense of any action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation referred to in Section 1(a) hereof or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter therein, Indemnitee shall be indemnified against all Expenses incurred by Indemnitee in connection therewith.
 
2. Expenses; Indemnification Procedures.
 
(a) Advancement of Expenses.  The Company shall advance all Expenses incurred by Indemnitee in connection with the investigation, defense, settlement or appeal of any Claim referenced in Sections 1(a) hereof.  Indemnitee hereby undertakes to repay such amounts advanced only if, and to the extent that, it shall ultimately be determined that Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified by the Company as authorized hereby.  The advances to be made hereunder shall be paid by the Company to Indemnitee within thirty (30) days following delivery of a written request therefor by Indemnitee to the Company.
 
(b) Notice/Cooperation by Indemnitee.  Indemnitee shall, as a condition precedent to Indemnitee’s right to be indemnified under this Agreement, give the Company notice in writing as soon as practicable of any Claim made against Indemnitee for which indemnification will or could be sought under this Agreement. Notice to the Company shall be directed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company at the address shown on the signature page of this Agreement (or such other address as the Company shall designate in writing to Indemnitee).  In addition, Indemnitee shall give the Company, at the Company’s expense, such information and cooperation as it may reasonably require and as shall be within Indemnitee’s power.
 
(c) Procedure.  Any indemnification and advances of Expenses provided for in this Agreement shall be made no later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the written request of Indemnitee.  If a claim under this Agreement is not paid in full by the Company within thirty (30) days after a written request for payment therefor has first been received by the Company, Indemnitee may, but need not, at any time thereafter bring an action against the Company to recover the unpaid amount of the claim and, subject to Section 13 of this Agreement, Indemnitee shall also be entitled to be paid for the expenses (including attorneys’ fees) of bringing such action.  It shall be a defense to any such action (other than an action brought to enforce a claim for expenses incurred in connection with any action, suit or proceeding in advance of its final disposition) that Indemnitee has not met the standards of conduct which make it permissible under applicable law for the Company to indemnify Indemnitee, but the burden of proving such defense shall be on the Company and Indemnitee shall be entitled to receive interim payments of Expenses pursuant to Section 2(a) unless and until such defense is finally adjudicated by court order or judgment from which no further right of appeal exists.  It is the intention of the parties that if the Company contests Indemnitee’s right to indemnification under this Agreement or applicable law, the question of Indemnitee’s right to indemnification shall be for the court to decide, and neither the failure of the Reviewing Party to have made a determination that indemnification of Indemnitee is proper in the circumstances because Indemnitee has met the applicable standard of conduct required by this Agreement or by applicable law, nor an actual determination by the Reviewing Party that Indemnitee has not met such applicable standard of conduct, shall create a presumption that Indemnitee has not met the applicable standard of conduct.
 
 
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(d) Notice to Insurers.  If, at the time of the receipt by the Company, of a notice of a Claim pursuant to Section 2(b) hereof, the Company has liability insurance in effect which may cover such claim, the Company shall give prompt notice of the commencement of such Claim to the insurers in accordance with the procedures set forth in the respective policies. The Company shall thereafter take all necessary or desirable action to cause such insurers to pay, on behalf of the Indemnitee, all amounts payable as a result of such action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation in accordance with the terms of such policies.
 
(e) Selection of Counsel.  In the event the Company shall be obligated hereunder to pay the Expenses of any Claim, the Company, if appropriate, shall be entitled to assume the defense of such Claim with counsel approved by Indemnitee, upon the delivery to Indemnitee of written notice of its election so to do; provided, however, that (i) the Company shall have no right to assume the defense of any Claim which seeks, in whole or in part, any remedy other than monetary damages (e.g., injunction, specific performance, criminal sanctions) or which could, if Indemnitee were not to prevail therein, materially damage Indemnitee’s personal or business reputation, and (ii) the Company shall have no right to assume the defense of any Claim unless the Company first agrees fully and unconditionally, in writing, that the Company is obligated to indemnify Indemnitee in full with respect thereto, and waives any and all defenses, counterclaims or set-offs which might otherwise be asserted in limitation or mitigation of such indemnification obligation.  After delivery of such notice, approval of such counsel by Indemnitee and the retention of such counsel by the Company, the Company will not be liable to Indemnitee under this Agreement for any fees of counsel subsequently incurred by Indemnitee with respect to the same Claim; provided that, (i) Indemnitee shall have the right to employ Indemnitee’s counsel in any such Claim at Indemnitee’s expense and (ii) if (A) the employment of counsel by Indemnitee has been previously authorized by the Company, (B) Indemnitee shall have reasonably concluded that there may be a conflict of interest between the Company and Indemnitee in the conduct of any such defense, or (C) the Company shall not, in fact, have retained or continued to retain such counsel to defend such Claim, then the reasonable fees and expenses of Indemnitee’s counsel shall be at the expense of the Company.
 
3. Additional Indemnification Rights; Nonexclusivity.
 
(a) Scope.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company hereby agrees to indemnify the Indemnitee to the fullest extent permitted by law, notwithstanding that such indemnification is not specifically authorized by the other provisions of this Agreement, the Company’s Articles of Incorporation, the Company’s Bylaws or by statute.  In the event of any change after the date of this Agreement in any applicable law, statute or rule which expands the right of a Nevada corporation to indemnify a member of its Board of Directors or an officer, such changes shall be, ipso facto, within the purview of an Indemnitee’s rights, and the Company’s obligations, under this Agreement.  In the event of any change in any applicable law, statute or rule which narrows the right of a Nevada corporation to indemnify a member of its Board of Directors or an officer, such changes, to the extent not otherwise required by such law, statute or rule to be applied to this Agreement, shall have no effect on this Agreement or the parties’ rights and obligations hereunder.
 
 
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(b) Nonexclusivity.  The indemnification provided by this Agreement shall not be deemed exclusive of any rights to which an Indemnitee may be entitled under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation, the Company’s Bylaws, any agreement, any vote of stockholders or disinterested Directors, the Nevada Revised Statutes, or otherwise, both as to action in Indemnitee’s official capacity and as to action in another capacity while holding such office.  The indemnification provided under this Agreement shall continue as to Indemnitee for any action taken or not taken while serving in an indemnified capacity even though Indemnitee may have ceased to serve in such capacity at the time of any action, suit or other covered proceeding.
 
4. No Duplication of Payments.  The Company shall not be liable under this Agreement to make any payment in connection with any Claim made against Indemnitee to the extent Indemnitee has otherwise actually received payment (under any insurance policy, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaw or otherwise) of the amounts otherwise indemnifiable hereunder.
 
5. Partial Indemnification.  If Indemnitee is entitled under any provision of this Agreement to indemnification by the Company for some or a portion of Expenses incurred by him in connection with any Claim, but not, however, for the total amount thereof, the Company shall nevertheless indemnify Indemnitee for the portion of such Expenses to which Indemnitee is entitled.
 
6. Mutual Acknowledgment.  Both the Company and Indemnitee acknowledge that in certain instances, Federal law or applicable public policy may override Nevada law and prohibit the Company from indemnifying its directors and officers under this Agreement or otherwise.  For example, the Company and Indemnitee acknowledge that the Securities and Exchange Commission has taken the position that indemnification is not permissible for liabilities arising under certain federal securities laws, and federal legislation prohibits indemnification for certain ERISA violations.  Indemnitee understands and acknowledges that the Company has undertaken or may be required in the future to undertake with the Securities and Exchange Commission to submit the question of indemnification to a court in certain circumstances for a determination of the Company’s right under public policy to indemnify Indemnitee.  The Company agrees to assert vigorously, in any such action pertaining to the Company’s right to indemnify Indemnitee, the position that the Company has the full and unfettered right to so indemnify Indemnitee, and further agrees that Indemnitee may, at any time and in Indemnitee’s sole discretion, assume control of the Company’s defense of such right (including without limitation selection of counsel and determination of strategy), with such defense nonetheless being conducted at the Company’s expense.
 
 
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7. Officers and Director Liability.  The Company will obtain and maintain a policy or policies of insurance with reputable insurance companies providing the officers and directors of the Company with coverage for losses from wrongful acts, or to ensure the Company’s performance of its indemnification obligations under this Agreement. In all policies of director and officer liability insurance, Indemnitee shall be named as an insured in such a manner as to provide Indemnitee the same rights and benefits as are accorded to the most favorably insured of the Company’s directors, if the Indemnitee is a director; or of the Company’s officers, if the Indemnitee is not a director of the Company but is an officer; or of the Company’s key employees, if Indemnitee is not an officer or director but is a key employee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall have no obligation to obtain or maintain such insurance if the Company determines in good faith that such insurance is not reasonably available, the premium costs for such insurance are disproportionate to the amount of coverage provided, the coverage provided by such insurance is limited by exclusions so as to provide an insufficient benefit, or Indemnitee is covered by a similar insurance maintained by a subsidiary or parent of the Company.
 
8. Exceptions.  Any other provision herein to the contrary notwithstanding, the Company shall not be obligated pursuant to the terms of this Agreement:
 
(a) Excluded Action or Omissions.  To indemnify Indemnitee for acts, omissions or transactions from which Indemnitee may not be relieved of liability under applicable law;
 
(b) Claims Initiated by Indemnitee.  To indemnify or advance expenses to Indemnitee with respect to Claims initiated or brought voluntarily by Indemnitee and not by way of defense, except (i) with respect to actions or proceedings brought to establish or enforce a right to indemnification under this Agreement or any other agreement or insurance policy or under the Company’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws now or hereafter in effect relating to Claims for Indemnifiable Events, (ii) in specific cases if the Board of Directors has approved the initiation or bringing of such Claim, or (iii) as otherwise required under Section 78.7502 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, regardless of whether Indemnitee ultimately is determined to be entitled to such indemnification, advance expense payment or insurance recovery, as the case may be;
 
(c) Lack of Good Faith.  To indemnify Indemnitee for any expenses incurred by the Indemnitee with respect to any proceeding instituted by Indemnitee to enforce or interpret this Agreement, if a court of competent jurisdiction determines that each of the material assertions made by Indemnitee in such proceeding was not made in good faith or was frivolous;
 
(d) Insured Claims.  To indemnify indemnitee for expenses or liabilities of any type whatsoever (including, but not limited to, judgments, fines ERISA excise taxes or Penalties, and amounts paid in settlement) which have been paid directly to Indemnitee by an insurance carrier under a policy of officers’ and directors’ liability insurance maintained by the Company or any parent or subsidiary of the Company; or
 
(e) Claims Under Section 16(b).  To indemnify Indemnitee for expenses or the payment of profits arising from the purchase and sale by Indemnitee of securities in violation of Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any similar successor statute.
 
 
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(f) Failure to Settle Proceeding.  In the event that Indemnitee Fails to Pursue a Recommended Settlement of a Qualifying Claim, to indemnify Indemnitee (i) for amounts paid or payable in settlement of such Qualifying Claim in excess of the amount of such Recommended Settlement thereof, or (ii) for any Expenses directly related to such Qualifying Claim incurred by Indemnitee following the date upon which Indemnitee Fails To Pursue such Recommended Settlement.  For purposes of this clause, “Qualifying Claim” shall mean any claim the defense of which may be assumed by the Company under Section 2(e) above (i.e., any claim that (A) is not described in the first clause (i) of said Section 2(e) and (B) with respect to which the Company has acknowledged its unconditional duty to indemnify as described in first clause (ii) of said Section 2(e)), “Recommended Settlement” shall mean a reasonable written settlement proposal, in full and final executable form in all material respects, and “Fails To Pursue” shall mean either (i) Indemnitee’s failure to communicate a Recommended Settlement to the principal adverse party in the subject matter within 30 days after Indemnitee’ receipt thereof from the Company, or (ii) Indemnitee’s failure to agree to any Recommended Settlement that has been accepted by all adverse parties in the subject matter within 30 days after receipt thereof, provided the Company has (A) irrevocably deposited all funds necessary to satisfy all of Indemnitee’s obligations under such Recommended Settlement in an account subject to Indemnitee’s or a third party’s control and (B) irrevocably taken all actions and given all instructions necessary or appropriate to permit such funds to be applied in satisfaction of such obligations of Indemnitee.
 
(g) Breach of Employment Agreement.  To indemnify Indemnitee for any breach by Indemnitee of any employment agreement between Indemnitee and the Company or any of its subsidiaries.
 
9. Period of Limitation.  No legal action shall be brought and no cause of action shall be asserted by or in the right of the Company against Indemnitee, Indemnitee’s estate, spouse, heirs, executors or personal or legal representatives after the expiration of two years from the date of accrual of such cause of action, and any claim or cause of action of the Company shall be extinguished and deemed released unless asserted by the timely filing of a legal action within such two-year period; provided, that if any shorter period of limitations is otherwise applicable to any such cause of action, such shorter period shall govern.
 
10. Construction of Certain Phrases.
 
(a) For purposes of this Agreement, references to the “Company” shall include, in addition to the resulting corporation, any constituent corporation (including any constituent of a constituent) absorbed in a consolidation or merger which, if its separate existence had continued, would have had power and authority to indemnify its officers and directors, so that if Indemnitee is or was an officer or director of such constituent corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such constituent corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, employee benefit plan, trust or other enterprise, Indemnitee shall stand in the same position under the provisions of this Agreement with respect to the resulting or surviving corporation as Indemnitee would have with respect to such constituent corporation if its separate existence had continued.
 
 
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(b) For purposes of this Agreement, references to “other enterprises” shall include employee benefit plans; references to “fines” shall include any excise taxes assessed on Indemnitee with respect to an employee benefit plan; and references to “serving at the request of the Company” shall include any service as an officer or director of the Company which imposes duties on, or involves services by, such officer or director with respect to an employee benefit plan, its participants or its beneficiaries and if Indemnitee acted in good faith and in a manner Indemnitee reasonably believed to be in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries of an employee benefit plan, Indemnitee shall be deemed to have acted in a manner “not opposed to the best interests of the Company” as referred to in this Agreement.
 
(c) For purposes of this Agreement a “Change in Control” shall be deemed to have occurred if (i) any “person” (as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), other than a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of the Company or a corporation owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of stock of the Company, (A) who is or becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 10% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s then outstanding Voting Securities, increases his beneficial ownership of such securities by 5% or more over the percentage so owned by such person, or (B) becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under said Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing more than 20% of the total voting power represented by the Company’s then outstanding Voting Securities, (ii) during any period of two consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board of Directors of the Company and any new director whose election by the Board of Directors or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination or election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof, or (iii) the stockholders of the Company approve a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the Voting Securities of the company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into Voting Securities of the surviving entity) at least 80% of the total voting power represented by the Voting Securities of the company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation, or the stockholders of the company approve a plan of complete liquidation of the Company or an agreement for the sale or disposition by the Company of (in one transaction or a series of transactions) all of substantially all of the Company’s assets.
 
(d) For purposes of this Agreement, “Independent Legal Counsel” shall mean an attorney or firm of attorneys, selected in accordance with the provisions of Section 1(c) hereof, who shall not have otherwise performed services for the Company or Indemnitee within the last three years (other than with respect to matters concerning the rights of Indemnitee under this Agreement, or of other indemnitee under similar indemnity agreements).
 
 
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(e) For purposes of this Agreement, a “Reviewing Party” shall mean any appropriate person or body consisting of a member or members of the Company’s Board of Directors or any other person or body appointed by the Board of Directors who is not a party to the particular claim for which Indemnitee is seeking indemnification, or Independent Legal Counsel.
 
(f) For purposes of this Agreement, “Voting Securities” shall mean any securities of the Company that vote generally in the election of directors.
 
11. Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall constitute an original.
 
12. Binding Effect; Successors and Assigns.  This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, including any direct or indirect successor by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise to all or substantially all of the business and/or assets of the company, spouses, heirs and personal and legal representatives. The Company shall require and cause any successor (whether direct or indirect by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all, substantially all, or a substantial part, of the business and/or assets of the Company, by written agreement in form and substance satisfactory to Indemnitee, expressly to assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place. This Agreement shall continue in effect regardless of whether Indemnitee continues to serve as a director or officer of the Company or of any other enterprise at the Company’s request.
 
13. Attorneys’ Fees.  In the event that any action is instituted by Indemnitee under this Agreement or under any liability insurance policies maintained by the Company to enforce or interpret any of the terms hereof or thereof, Indemnitee shall be entitled to be paid all Expenses incurred by Indemnitee with respect to such action, regardless of whether Indemnitee is ultimately successful in such action, and shall be entitled to the advancement of Expenses with respect to such action, unless as a part of such action a court of competent jurisdiction over such action determines that each of the material assertions made by Indemnitee as a basis for such action were not made in good faith or were frivolous. In the event of an action instituted by or in the name of the Company under this Agreement to enforce or interpret any of the terms of this Agreement, Indemnitee shall be entitled to be paid all Expenses incurred by Indemnitee in defense of such action including costs and expenses incurred with respect to Indemnitee’s counterclaims and crossclaim made in such action), and shall be entitled to the advancement of Expenses with respect to such action, unless as a part of such action a court having jurisdiction over such action determines that each of Indemnitee’s material defenses to such action were made in bad faith or were frivolous.
 
14. Notice.  All, notices, requests, demands and other communications under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed duly given (i) if delivered by hand and signed for by the party addressed, on the date of such delivery, or (ii) if mailed by domestic certified or registered mail with postage prepaid, on the third business day after the date postmarked.  Addresses for notice to either party are as shown on the signature page of this Agreement, or as subsequently modified by written notice.
 
 
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15. Severability.  The provisions of this Agreement shall be severable in the event that any of the provisions hereof (including any provision within a single section, paragraph or sentence) are held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or otherwise unenforceable, and the remaining provisions shall remain enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Furthermore, to the fullest extent possible, the provisions of this Agreement (including, without limitation, each portion of this Agreement containing any provision held to be invalid, void or otherwise unenforceable, that is not itself invalid, void or unenforceable) shall be construed so as to give effect to the intent manifested by the provision held invalid, illegal or unenforceable.
 
16. Choice of Law.  This Agreement shall be governed by and its provisions construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada without regard to the conflict of laws principles thereof.
 
17. Subrogation.  In the event of payment under this Agreement, the Company shall be subrogated to the extent of such payment to all of the rights of recovery of Indemnitee, who shall execute all documents required and shall do all acts that say be necessary to secure such rights and to enable the Company effectively to bring suit to enforce such rights.
 
18. Amendments and Termination.  No amendment, modification, termination or cancellation of this Agreement shall be effective unless it is in writing signed by both the parties hereto.  No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be deemed or shall constitute a waiver of any other provisions hereof (whether or not similar) nor shall such waiver constitute a continuing waiver.
 
19. Integration and Entire Agreement.  This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding between the parties hereto and supersedes and merges all previous written and oral negotiations, commitments, understandings and agreements relating to the subject matter hereof between the parties hereto.
 
20. No Construction as Employment Agreement.  Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as giving Indemnitee any right to be retained in the employ of the Company or any of its subsidiaries.
 

 
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
 
   
IRONCLAD PERFORMANCE WEAR CORPORATION
a Nevada corporation, as the Company
 
       
         
         
   
By:
   
    Name:    
    Title:    
         
    Notice Address:
 
Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation
2201 Park Place, Suite 101
El Segundo, CA 90245
Attn:   Chief Executive Officer
 
         
AGREED TO AND ACCEPTED:
 
INDEMNITEE:
       
         
         
         
         
(Signature)        
         
         
(Print Name)        
         
Notice Address:        
         
         
         
         
 
 
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