§ 23-19-19. Remedies of bondholders and noteholders.
(a) In the event that the corporation shall default on the payment of principal of or interest on any bonds or notes issued under this chapter after the bonds or notes shall become due, whether at maturity or upon call for redemption, and the default shall continue for a period of thirty (30) days, or in the event that the corporation shall fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this chapter, or shall default in any agreement made with the holders of an issue of bonds or notes of the corporation, the holders of twenty-five percent (25%) in the aggregate principal amount of the outstanding bonds or notes of the issue, by instrument or instruments filed in the office of the secretary of state and proved or acknowledged in the same manner as a deed to be recorded, may appoint a trustee to represent the holders of the bonds or notes for the purposes provided in this section.
(b) The trustee may, and upon written request of the holders of twenty-five percent (25%) in principal amount of the outstanding bonds or notes shall, in the trustee's own name:
(1) Enforce all rights of the bondholders or noteholders, including the right to require the corporation to collect rent, interest, repayments, and payments on the leases, mortgages, loan agreements, sales agreements, and other contracts held by it adequate to carry out any agreement as to, or pledge of, rent, interest, repayments, and payments, and to require the corporation to carry out any other agreements with the holders of the bonds or notes, and to perform its duties under this chapter;
(2) Enforce all rights of the bondholders or noteholders, so as to carry out any contract as to, or pledge of revenues, and to require the corporation to carry out and perform the terms of any contract with the holders of the bonds or notes or its duties under this chapter;
(3) Bring suit upon all or any part of the bonds or notes;
(4) By action or suit, require the corporation to account as if it were the trustee of an express trust for the holders of the bonds or notes;
(5) By action or suit, enjoin any acts or things which may be unlawful or in violation of the rights of the holders of the bonds or notes;
(6) Declare all the bonds or notes due and payable and, if all defaults shall be made good, then with the consent of the holders of twenty-five percent (25%) of the principal amount of the outstanding bonds or notes, to annul the declaration and its consequences.
(c) The trustee shall, in addition to the provisions of subsections (a) and (b), have and possess all the powers necessary or appropriate for the exercise of any functions specifically set forth in this section or incident to the general representation of bondholders or noteholders in the enforcement and protection of their rights.
(d) Before declaring the principal of bonds or notes due and payable, the trustee shall first give thirty (30) days' notice in writing to the governor, to the corporation and to the attorney general of the state.
(e) The superior court of Providence County shall have jurisdiction of any suit, action, or proceeding by the trustee on behalf of bondholders or noteholders.
(P.L. 1974, ch. 176, § 1; P.L. 1978, ch. 305, § 16; G.L. 1956, § 23-46.1-19; P.L. 1979, ch. 39, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 23-19-19; P.L. 2001, ch. 86, § 80.)