TITLE 7
Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships

CHAPTER 7-16
The Rhode Island Limited Liability Company Act

SECTION 7-16-50.1


§ 7-16-50.1 Service of process on foreign limited liability company.

(a) The resident agent appointed by a foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this state is an agent of the limited liability company upon whom any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon the corporation may be served.

(b) Whenever a foreign liability company authorized to transact business in this state fails to appoint or maintain a resident agent in this state, or whenever any resident agent cannot with reasonable diligence be found at the registered office, or whenever the certificate of authority of a foreign limited liability company is suspended or revoked, the secretary of state is an agent of the foreign limited liability company upon whom any process, notice, or demand may be served. Service on the secretary of state of any process, notice, or demand must be made by delivering to and leaving with him or her, or with any clerk having charge of the corporation department of his or her office, duplicate copies of the process, notice, or demand. In the event any process, notice, or demand is served on the secretary of state, the secretary of state shall immediately forward one of the copies by registered mail, addressed to the foreign limited liability company at its principal office if known to him or her, in the state or country under the laws of which it was organized. Any service had in this manner on the secretary of state is returnable in not less than thirty (30) days.

(c) Every foreign limited liability company as a condition precedent to carrying on business in this state must, and by so carrying on business in this state does, consent that any process, including the process of garnishment, may be served upon the secretary of state in the manner provided by this section, except that notice of the service must be given by the plaintiff or his or her attorney in the manner as the court in which the action is commenced or pending orders as affording the corporation reasonable opportunity to defend the action or to learn of the garnishment. Notwithstanding the preceding requirements, however, once service has been made on the secretary of state as provided, the court has the authority in the event of failure to comply with the requirement of notice to the foreign limited liability company to order notice that is sufficient to apprise it of the pendency of the action against it, and additionally, may extend the time for answering by the foreign limited liability company.

(d) The secretary of state shall keep a record of all processes, notices, and demands served upon him or her under this section, and record in the record the time of the service and his or her action on it. The secretary of state shall not be required to retain such information for a period longer than five (5) years from receipt of the service of process.

(e) Nothing contained in these provisions limits or affects the right to serve any process, notice or demand, required or permitted by law to be served upon a foreign limited liability company in any manner now or subsequently permitted by law.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2007, ch. 99, § 2; P.L. 2007, ch. 109, § 2.)