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Incorporating Under A Disparaging Name

In Matal v. Tam, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3872 (June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court found the “disparagement clause” of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The “disparagement clause” prohibits...more

Disclaiming Proper Appointment With The Secretary Of State – “All You Have To Do Is Ask”

A lot of things in life may upset you. One these might be discovering that you have been improperly appointed as an agent for service of process, director or officer of a California corporation. Corporations Code Section...more

Looking For A Deceased Celebrity’s Successor-In-Interest? The Secretary Of State Has An Answer

The California Secretary of State’s office is the repository for a vast a disparate number of filings. Few people, for example, may be aware that they may register with the Secretary of State’s office as a...more

California Secretary Of State Upgrades Business Searches

For some time, the California Secretary of State’s office has offered a business search application on its website. Although the function provided only limited information, the application received more than 5 million views...more

SEC Overlooks Nevada’s Transfer Agent Licensing Laws

Transfer agents provide a number of crucial services, primarily for publicly traded companies. Among other responsibilities, they maintain ownership records, record security transfers, issue and cancel certificates and...more

Court Allows An Exhausted FTC To Serve Summons On The California Secretary Of State

The Federal Trade Commission is not pleased with Discountmetalbrokers, Inc. In fact, the FTC is so unhappy with the company that it filed a complaint alleging that the company held itself out as a legitimate seller of gold...more

Over 1,000 Nevada Business Entities To Lose Their Registered Agent

In 2007, Nevada adopted the Model Registered Agents Act. It is currently one of 10 states to have done so (plus the District of Columbia). Nevada’s enactment of the model act may have been predestined by the fact that the...more

How To Revive A Suspended Corporation

Yesterday’s post concerned the circumstances that will cause the California Franchise Tax Board to suspend a corporation’s rights, powers, and privileges to conduct business in California. Suspension, however, is reversible,...more

Suspension By The Franchise Tax Board

Yesterday’s post concerned the two circumstances in which the Secretary of State might suspend a corporation. The California Franchise Tax Board will suspend a corporation if it fails to pay taxes, penalties, fees or...more

Corporate Suspension By The California Secretary Of State

In California, a corporation may find its powers, rights and privileges suspended by either the Secretary of State or by the Franchise Tax Board.  Today’s post discusses the two roads to suspension by the California Secretary...more

SEC Alleges LLC Names Were “Deceptively Similar”, But What Would The California SOS Do?

Yesterday, the SEC announced that it had filed a complaint against a securities professional alleging that he had defrauded “two institutions he solicited to invest in a shell company he controlled whose name was deceptively...more

Do The Secretary Of State’s Criteria For Determining “Generally Recognized Presidential Candidates” Violate The APA?

Earlier this week, the California Secretary of State released his list of “generally recognized presidential candidates”. These are the individual whose names will appear on California’s June 2016 primary ballot. The...more

Promises, Promises: Secretary of State Admits California Can’t Accommodate Cumulative Voting

California’s 1879 Constitution enshrined cumulative voting as a constitutional right. Cal. Const. of 1879, Art. XII, § 12 (repealed). The 1931 California General Corporation Law continued mandatory cumulative voting. When...more

Blasphemous Corporate Names

Yesterday’s post considered the question of whether the California Secretary of State could refuse to accept offensive corporate names. Blasphemous corporate names constitute a subset of offensive names because they are...more

Can The Secretary Of State Reject Disparaging Business Entity Names?

Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars the Patent and Trademark Office from registering scandalous, immoral, or disparaging marks. 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting...more

Proposed Initiative Seeks Vote On California Nationhood

Earlier this month, California’s Secretary of State announced that the proponent of a California nationhood proposal may circulate the initiative for signature.  The proponent must secure the signatures of 365,880 registered...more

Will You Be Gulled By This Notice?

Some Nevada corporations have been receiving the above notice and paying a $150 fee to the Division of Corporate Services. According to the Nevada Secretary of State...more

Nevada To Allow Corporations To Stiff Charon

Unsuccessful corporations often fall into an eternal desuetude. Having nothing, no one wants to pay the Secretary of State to complete their dissolution. Because they don’t file the required annual lists and pay the annual...more

June 30 Deadline Looms For Foreign Lending Institutions

California Corporations Code Section 191(d) provides that a “foreign lending institution” will not be considered to be “doing, transacting or engaging in business” in California solely by reason of engaging in specified...more

Unregistered Foreign LLCs – Are They In Violation?

The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA), which took effect on January 1 of last year, is fraught with drafting mysteries.  Why, for example, did the legislature deem it necessary to change the...more

Some LLC Names Slip Past California’s Statutory Ban

The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act explicitly bans a number of different words from being included in LLC names: The name shall not include the words “bank,” “trust,” “trustee,”...more

Nevada Secretary Of State Denies Hacking Claim

Recently, Cytta Corp., a small Nevada corporation, filed this Form 8-K reporting that it had “discovered that it was the victim of an online hacking incident on October 30th, 2014 in that, unauthorized person or persons...more

11/17/2014  /  Hackers , Portal , Secretary of State , Websites

Governor Signs Bill Narrowing Grounds For Business Entity Reinstatement

Over the years, I’ve received several calls asking what can be done when a business entity has been wrongfully terminated. Answering this question became a bit easier in 2006 with the enactment of AB 2588 (Runner) which...more

SB 1272 (NKA Proposition 49) – The Secretary of State

Last week, I wrote that Governor Brown had allowed SB 1272 to become law without his signature. To say that SB 1272 became law is an hyperbole because, as Governor Brown observed, the bill “has no legal effect whatsoever”. ...more

Are Proper Names In A Language?

My last name is Bishop. In Spanish, it would be Obispo. If I included Obispo in a corporate name, would that be acceptable to the Secretary of State?...more

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