piercing the veil
- A judicial doctrine that allows a plaintiff to hold otherwise immune corporate officers and directors personally liable for damages caused by a corporation under their control. The veil (of immunity) is pierced when officers have acted intentionally and illegally, when their actions exceeded the powers authorized by the company's articles of incorporation, or when the corporation is merely a completely controlled alter ego (i.e., front) for an individual or management group.
Business law dictionary. 2015.
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