a. The name of a limited liability company shall contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.”, and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”.
b. Unless authorized by subsection d. of this section, the name of a limited liability company shall be distinguishable in the records of the filing office from:
(1) the name of each person that is not an individual and that is incorporated, organized, or authorized to transact business in this State; and
(2) each name reserved under section 10 of this act.
c. Furthermore, the name of a limited liability company shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this State, unless the limited liability company has complied with the restrictions.
d. A limited liability company may apply to the filing office for authorization to use a name that does not comply with subsection b. of this section. The filing office shall authorize use of the name applied for if, as to each noncomplying name:
(1) the present user, registrant, or owner of the noncomplying name consents in a signed record to the use and submits an undertaking in a form satisfactory to the filing office to change the noncomplying name to a name that complies with subsection b. of this section and is distinguishable in the records of the filing office from the name applied for; or
(2) the applicant delivers to the filing office a certified copy of the final judgment of a court establishing the applicant’s right to use in this State the name applied for.
e. Subject to section 61, the provisions of this act shall apply to a foreign limited liability company transacting business in this State which has a certificate of authority to transact business in this State or which has applied for a certificate of authority.
L.2012, c.50, s.8; amended 2013, c.276, s.1.