In North Carolina, the business judgment rule applies to LLC managers. In Mooring Capital Fund, LLC v Comstock North Carolina, LLC (07 CVS 20852, Wake Co., Business Ct.), 2006 WL 46447078, 2009 NCBC 26, Judge Jolly was ruling on motions to stay, dismiss, and appoint a receiver.
In the course of issuing his ruling, the Judge opined, for what appears to be the first time in North Carolina, that, just as directors of a corporation are, the managers of an LLC are protected by the business judgment rule. “The managers of an LLC may also be entitled to the protections of the 'business judgment rule...'" Taking note of similar language found in the NC Business Corporation Act, § 55-8-30, the judge noted the corresponding portions of the North Carolina Limited Liability Company Act:
"See, e.g., G.S. 57C-3-22(d) (“A manager is not liable for any action taken as a manager, or any failure to take any action, if the manager performs the duty of his office in compliance with this section.”) and G.S. 57C-3-22(b) (“A manager shall discharge his duties as manager in good faith, with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances, and in the manner the manager reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the limited liability company. . . .”). Such language suggests application of the business judgment rule, a matter of common law in North Carolina, to limited liability companies." (emphasis added).He then went on to state:
"The rule applies in addition to the North Carolina Business Corporation Act (the “NCBCA”), G.S. 55-1-01 to -17-05, and creates an evidentiary presumption that directors acted reasonably and fairly in discharging their corporate duties. State ex rel. Long v. ILA Corp., 132 N.C. App. 587, 601 (1999). The Long court described the business judgment rule as follows:
[It] creates, first, an initial evidentiary presumption that in making a decision the directors acted with due care (i.e., on an informed basis) and in good faith in the honest belief that their action was in the best interest of the corporation, and second, absent rebuttal of the initial presumption, a powerful substantive presumption that a decision by a loyal and informed board will not be overturned by a court unless it cannot be attributed to any rational business purpose.
Id. at 602 (quoting Russell M. Robinson, II, Robinson on North Carolina Corporation Law § 14.6 at 281 (5th ed. 1995)). "
So while it may have seemed a fairly straightforward matter to put the two together and conclude that the Business Judgment Rule should also apply to LLC managers, we now have at least one written opinion stating as much -- though bear in mind that under the local rules of certain districts, you may not be able to cite to this opinion. Hopefully however, any case in which you would need to cite to this would be taking place in the Business Court.