(a) Agent for service of process required. Any non-resident or foreign non-participating manufacturer that has not registered to do business in the state as a foreign corporation or business entity, as a condition precedent to having its brand families listed or retained in the directory, shall appoint and continually engage without interruption the services of an agent in this state to act as agent for the service of process on whom all process, and any action or proceeding against it concerning or arising out of the enforcement of this chapter and Section 6-12-3, may be served in any manner authorized by law. The service shall constitute legal and valid service of process on the non-participating manufacturer. The non-participating manufacturer shall provide the name, address, phone number, and proof of the appointment and availability of their agent to and to the satisfaction of the commissioner.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 6-12A-4

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(b) The non-participating manufacturer shall provide notice to the commissioner 30 calendar days prior to termination of the authority of an agent and shall further provide proof to the satisfaction of the commissioner of the appointment of a new agent no less than five calendar days prior to the termination of an existing agent appointment. In the event an agent terminates an agency appointment, the non-participating manufacturer shall notify the commissioner of termination within five calendar days and shall include proof to the satisfaction of the commissioner of the appointment of a new agent.

(Act 2003-372, p. 1049, §2.)