NONPROFIT CORPORATION ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 162 of 1982
450.2212 Corporate name.
(1) The corporate name of a corporation formed or existing under or subject to this act:
(a) Shall not contain a word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative thereof, which indicates or implies that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than 1 or more of the purposes permitted by its articles of incorporation.
(b) Shall not be the same as, or confusingly similar to, the corporate name of a domestic corporation, a domestic business corporation, a foreign corporation authorized to conduct affairs in this state, or a foreign business corporation authorized to transact business in this state; a corporate name currently reserved under this act, a predecessor act, or Act No. 284 of the Public Acts of 1972, as amended; or a name assumed under section 217 or under section 217 of Act No. 284 of the Public Acts of 1972, as amended, being section 450.1217 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, unless the written consent of the other domestic corporation, domestic business corporation, foreign corporation, or foreign business corporation or holder of a reserved name, to the adoption of a confusingly similar name, but not the same name, is filed in the office of the administrator, or, in lieu of the consent, there is filed a certified copy of a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the prior right of the corporation to the use of the name in this state.
(c) Shall not contain a word or phrase, or an abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this state, unless the restriction has been complied with.
(2) Whenever a foreign corporation is unable to obtain a certificate of authority to conduct affairs in this state because its corporate name does not comply with the provisions of subsection (1), it may apply for authority to conduct affairs in this state by adding to its corporate name in such application a word, abbreviation, or other distinctive and distinguishing element, or alternatively, adopting for use in this state an assumed name otherwise available for use. If in the judgment of the administrator this assumed name would comply with the provisions of subsection (1), that subsection shall not be a bar to the issuance to the corporation of a certificate of authority to conduct affairs in this state. The certificate issued to the foreign corporation shall be issued in this assumed name and the corporation shall use this name in all its dealings with the administrator and in the conduct of its affairs in this state.
(3) A corporation incorporated for the purpose of receiving and administering funds for perpetuation of the memory of persons, preservation of objects of historical or natural interest, educational, charitable, or religious purposes, or public welfare may use the name foundation.
History: 1982, Act 162, Eff. Jan. 1, 1983
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