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    Subdivision 1. Certificate. No person shall hereafter carry on or conduct or transact a
commercial business in this state under any designation, name, or style, which does not set forth
the true name of every person interested in such business unless such person shall file in the Office
of the Secretary of State, a certificate setting forth the name and business address under which
the business is conducted or transacted, or is to be conducted or transacted, and the true name of
each person conducting or transacting the same, with the address of such person. The name of
the business must not include any of the following phrases or their abbreviations: corporation,
incorporated, limited, chartered, professional association, cooperative, limited partnership,
limited liability company, professional limited liability company, limited liability partnership,
or professional limited liability partnership, except to the extent that an entity filing a certificate
would be authorized to use the phrase or abbreviation. The certificate shall be executed by one of
the persons conducting, or intending to conduct, the business. The certificate shall be published
after it has been filed with the secretary of state in a qualified newspaper in the county in which
the person has a principal or registered office for two successive issues.
    Subd. 2. Intentional misrepresentation prohibited. No person shall use an assumed or
fictitious name in the conduct of its business to intentionally misrepresent its geographic origin
or location.
History: (7346) 1911 c 271 s 1; 1959 c 658 s 1; 1978 c 698 s 2; 1984 c 618 s 39; 1988 c 682
s 43; 1995 c 128 art 3 s 22; 1997 c 222 s 53; 1999 c 133 s 7

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