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17-7918. Names of covered entities or foreign covered entities; permitted names in general. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), the names of all covered entities, except for banks, savings and loan associations and savings banks, must be distinguishable on the records of the office of the secretary of state from:

(1) The name of any other covered entity or foreign covered entity;

(2) the name of any non-covered entity, other than a general partnership, that has filed with the office of the secretary of state, including a series of a limited liability company for which a certificate of designation has been filed;

(3) any entity name reserved pursuant to K.S.A. 17-7923, and amendments thereto; and

(4) the name of any other covered entity, series of a limited liability company or foreign covered entity whose public organic documents, certificate of designation or foreign registration has been canceled or forfeited for any reason within the previous one year.

(b) A covered entity may register under any name that is not distinguishable on the records of the office of the secretary of state from the name of any other covered entity or non-covered entity that has filed with the office of the secretary of state with the written consent of the other entity, which written consent shall be filed with the secretary of state on a form prescribed by the secretary of state.

(c) A covered entity may use a name that is not distinguishable from a name described in subsection (a)(1) through (3) if the entity delivers to the secretary of state a certified copy of a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the right of the entity to use the name in this state.

History: L. 2014, ch. 121, § 18; L. 2015, ch. 65, § 16; L. 2016, ch. 110, § 131; L. 2019, ch. 47, § 46; L. 2023, ch. 66, § 60; July 1.


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