alter ego
al·ter ego /'ȯl-tər-'ē-gō/ n [Latin, literally, second I]: second self; esp: a person or entity vicariously liable for another (as an agent)
had the officer been the alter ego of the corporation — J. J. White and R. S. Summers compare instrumentality
◇ The concept of a legal alter ego is used primarily to hold the controlling parties of a corporation personally liable instead of limiting liability to the corporate entity.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

alter ego
I noun alternate, counterpart, double, living image, match, other, other half, other person, other self, perfect substitute, second self, shadow, stand-in, twin associated concepts: agent, alter ego doctrine, corporate alter ego, piercing the corporate veil, separate corporate entity II index counterpart (complement)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


alter ego
n.
(Latin) Other self; an alternative personality. In corporate law, a doctrine that allows the court to find an individual responsible for acts done in the name of a corporation.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


alter ego
A corporation, limited liability company, or other entity set up to provide a legal shield for the person controlling the operation. Proving that such an organization is a mere cover, or alter ego, for the business owner is one way to "pierce the veil" of the corporation or limited liability company, or take away the owners' limited liability protection.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


alter ego
n. The other self. A doctrine allowing a court to ignore the limited personal liability of a person who acts in a corporate capacity and impose personal liability for the corporation's wrongful acts when it is shown that the individual was using the corporation to conduct personal business and that there was no real separation between the individual's and the corporation's identity.
See also corporate
(corporate veil).

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


alter ego
A doctrine used by the courts to ignore the corporate status of a group of stockholders, officers, and directors of a corporation in reference to their limited liability so that they may be held personally liable for their actions when they have acted fraudulently or unjustly or when to refuse to do so would deprive an innocent victim of redress for an injury caused by them.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


alter ego
I
A doctrine used by the courts to ignore the corporate status of a group of stockholders, officers, and directors of a corporation in reference to their limited liability so that they may be held personally liable for their actions when they have acted fraudulently or unjustly or when to refuse to do so would deprive an innocent victim of redress for an injury caused by them.
II A counterpart.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

alter ego
n.
   a corporation, organization or other entity set up to provide a legal shield for the person actually controlling the operation. Proving that such an organization is a cover or alter ego for the real defendant breaks down that protection, but it can be difficult to prove complete control by an individual. In the case of corporations, proving one is an alter ego is one way of "piercing the corporate veil." In a lawsuit complaint, it might be stated (pleaded) that "the Hotshot Corporation was the alter ego of Joseph Snakeoil."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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