SECTION 10 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
10.1 The right of any Participant or other person to the payment of benefits under the Plan may not be assigned, transferred, pledged or encumbered, either voluntarily or by operation of law, except as provided in Section 6 above with respect to determination of beneficiaries, Section 11 with respect to qualified domestic relations orders, or as provided below. If any person shall attempt to, or shall, assign, transfer, pledge or encumber any amount payable hereunder, or if by reason of his bankruptcy or other event happening at any time any such payment would be made subject to his debts or liabilities, or would otherwise devolve upon anyone else and not be enjoyed by him or his beneficiary, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, terminate his interest in any such payment and direct that the same be held and applied to, or for the benefit of, such person, his spouse, children or other dependents, or any other persons deemed to be the natural objects of his bounty, or any of them, in such manner as the Committee may deem proper.
10.2 If the Committee shall find that any person to whom any payment is payable under the Plan is unable to care for his affairs because of illness or accident, or is a minor, then any payment due (unless a prior claim therefor shall have been made by a duly appointed guardian, committee or other legal representative) may be paid to his spouse, a child, a parent, or sibling, or any other person deemed by the Committee to have incurred expenses for such person otherwise entitled to payment, in such manner and proportions as the Committee may determine. Any such payment shall be a complete discharge of the liabilities of the Company under the Plan.
10.3 The Committee shall make appropriate arrangements for satisfaction of any federal or state payroll withholding tax required upon the accrual or payment of any Plan benefits.
10.4 Neither the Plan, nor any action taken hereunder, shall be construed as giving to any employee the right to be retained in the employ of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or as affecting the right of the Company or any of its subsidiaries to dismiss any employee.
10.5 The captions preceding the sections hereof have been inserted solely as a matter of convenience, and in no way define or limit the scope or intent of any provisions hereof.
10.6 The Plan and all rights thereunder shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California to the extent Federal laws do not control.
10.7 Whenever used in the Plan, the masculine gender includes the feminine.
SECTION 11 - QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER
Any other provision of this Plan notwithstanding, a Participants benefit under the Plan shall be payable to any alternate payee, as such person is defined in Section 414(p)(8) of the Code, as provided in a domestic relations order with respect to the Plan, which would constitute a qualified domestic relations order within the meaning of Section 414(p)(1)(A) of the Code, if the Plan were subject to Section 414(p) of the Code. Determinations under this Section 11, including but not limited to determination of whether an order would constitute a qualified domestic relations order, shall be made by the Committee, or its designee, in its sole discretion. The rights of any alternate payee hereunder are subject to the provisions of the Plan as administered with respect to alternate payees, and the Committee may require an alternate payee to acknowledge that his or her rights are subject to such provisions.
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