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SECTION 704. DISCLOSURE REQUIRED WHEN FOREIGN SERIES LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES PARTY TO PROCEEDING.
JayNote: One of the biggest concerns of the Drafting Committee was to protect litigants who were suing series organizations or protected series from being subjected to a "you didn't sue the right party" shell game. Thus, § 704 provide special protection to such litigants.
(a) Not later than  days after becoming a party to a proceeding before a civil, administrative, or other adjudicative tribunal of or located in this state or a tribunal of the United States located in this state:
(1) a foreign series limited liability company shall disclose to each other party the name and street and mailing address of:
(A) each foreign protected series of the company; and
(B) each foreign protected-series manager of and a registered agent for service of process for each foreign protected series of the company; and
(2) a foreign protected series of a foreign series limited liability company shall disclose to each other party the name and street and mailing address of:
(A) the company and each manager of the company and an agent for service of process for the company; and
(B) any other foreign protected series of the company and each foreign protected-series manager of and an agent for service of process for the other foreign protected series.
Reporter's Comment to Subsection (a)(2) – Depending on the applicable foreign limited liability company act and the operating agreement of relevant foreign series limited liability company, a foreign protected series might lack access to the information this provision requires. In that event, this provision should cause a tribunal hearing the matter to allow a party to subpoena the required information from the foreign series limited liability company.
JayNote: Paragraph (a) of § 704 says that within 30 days after becoming a party to an in-state proceeding, a foreign series organization or a foreign protected series must disclose to the adverse party the names, street addresses, mailing addresses, managers and service of process agents for the foreign series organization and each of its protected series.
(b) If a foreign series limited liability company or foreign protected series challenges the personal jurisdiction of the tribunal, the requirement that the foreign company or foreign protected series make disclosure under subsection (a) is tolled until the tribunal determines whether it has personal jurisdiction.
JayNote: Section 704(b) says that if there is a question of personal jurisdiction over the foreign series organization or a foreign protected series, then this 30-day period is tolled until that issue has been resolved.
(c) If a foreign series limited liability company or foreign protected series does not comply with subsection (a), a party to the proceeding may:
(1) request the tribunal to treat the noncompliance as a failure to comply with the tribunal's discovery rules; or
(2) bring a separate proceeding in the court to enforce subsection (a).
Reporter's Comment to Section 704 - This section pertains to the same information encompassed in Section 703(b)(2) (requiring the application for registration by a foreign protected series to include "the name and street and mailing address of an individual who knows the name and street and mailing address of each other foreign protected series of the company and the protected-series manager of and agent for service of process for each other foreign protected series of the company.").
JayNote: What if a foreign series organization or foreign protected series fails to comply within the 30 days? In that event, under § 704(c), the litigant seeking the information can either ask the court to treat the nondisclosure as a discovery violation or bring a separate proceeding before that court to enforce § 704(a).
UPSA AND WEBSITE CONTENTS
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 101. SHORT TITLE. SECTION 102. DEFINITIONS. SECTION 103. NATURE OF PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 104. POWERS AND DURATION OF PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 105. GOVERNING LAW. SECTION 106. RELATION OF OPERATING AGREEMENT, THIS ACT, AND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT. SECTION 107. ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS ON OPERATING AGREEMENT. SECTION 108. RULES FOR APPLYING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT TO SPECIFIED PROVISIONS OF ACT.
ARTICLE 2. ESTABLISHING PROTECTED SERIES
SECTION 201. PROTECTED SERIES DESIGNATION; AMENDMENT. SECTION 202. NAME. SECTION 203. REGISTERED AGENT. SECTION 204. SERVICE OF PROCESS, NOTICE, DEMAND, OR OTHER RECORD. SECTION 205. CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING FOR PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 206. INFORMATION REQUIRED IN ANNUAL BIENNIAL REPORT; EFFECT OF FAILURE TO PROVIDE.
ARTICLE 3. ASSOCIATED ASSET; ASSOCIATED MEMBER; PROTECTED-SERIES TRANSFERABLE INTEREST; MANAGEMENT; RIGHT OF INFORMATION
SECTION 301. ASSOCIATED ASSET. SECTION 302. ASSOCIATED MEMBER. SECTION 303. PROTECTED-SERIES TRANSFERABLE INTEREST. SECTION 304. MANAGEMENT. SECTION 305. RIGHT OF PERSON NOT ASSOCIATED MEMBER OF PROTECTED SERIES TO INFORMATION CONCERNING PROTECTED SERIES.
ARTICLE 4. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY AND ENFORCEMENT OF CLAIMS
SECTION 401. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY. SECTION 402. CLAIM SEEKING TO DISREGARD LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. SECTION 403. REMEDIES OF JUDGMENT CREDITOR OF ASSOCIATED MEMBER OR PROTECTED-SERIES TRANSFEREE. SECTION 404. ENFORCEMENT AGAINST NON-ASSOCIATED ASSET.
ARTICLE 5. DISSOLUTION AND WINDING UP OF PROTECTED SERIES
SECTION 501. EVENTS CAUSING DISSOLUTION OF PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 502. WINDING UP DISSOLVED PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 503. EFFECT OF REINSTATEMENT OF SERIES LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR REVOCATION OF VOLUNTARY DISSOLUTION.
ARTICLE 6. ENTITY TRANSACTIONS RESTRICTED
SECTION 601. DEFINITIONS. SECTION 602. PROTECTED SERIES MAY NOT BE PARTY TO ENTITY TRANSACTION. SECTION 603. RESTRICTION ON ENTITY TRANSACTION INVOLVING PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 604. MERGER AUTHORIZED; PARTIES RESTRICTED. SECTION 605. PLAN OF MERGER. SECTION 606. STATEMENT OF MERGER. SECTION 607. EFFECT OF MERGER. SECTION 608. APPLICATION OF SECTION 404 AFTER MERGER.
ARTICLE 7. FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES
SECTION 701. GOVERNING LAW. SECTION 702. NO ATTRIBUTION OF ACTIVITIES CONSTITUTING DOING BUSINESS OR FOR ESTABLISHING JURISDICTION. SECTION 703. REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 704. DISCLOSURE REQUIRED WHEN FOREIGN SERIES LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES PARTY TO PROCEEDING.
ARTICLE 8. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
SECTION 801. UNIFORMITY OF APPLICATION AND CONSTRUCTION. SECTION 802. RELATION TO ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES IN GLOBAL AND NATIONAL COMMERCE ACT. SECTION 803. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS. SECTION 804. SAVINGS CLAUSE. SECTION 805. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE. SECTION 806. REPEALS; CONFORMING AMENDMENTS. SECTION 807. EFFECTIVE DATE.
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