A fiduciary who makes a personal contract with the corporation has the burden of proving entire fairness in his self-dealing or by safeharboring the decision with a majority of disinterested directors or shareholders.
To find that a corporate officer or director breached his duty of loyalty by taking a business opportunity for himself, the plaintiff must show both that he was a fiduciary and that there was a corporate opportunity.
To find that there was a corporate opportunity, Delaware courts use a number of factors to determine whether it is a breach of his duty of loyalty to the company.
The factors in support of finding it to be a breach are:
The corporation is financially able to exploit the opportunity
The opportunity is within the corporation's line of business
The corporation has an interest or expectancy in the opportunity
By taking the opportunity for his own, the corporate fiduciary will thereby be placed in a position harmful to his duties to the corporation.