Nonresident nonparticipating manufacturer service agent
(1)(a) Any nonresident or foreign nonparticipating manufacturer that has not registered to do business in the State of Oregon as a foreign corporation or business entity shall, as a condition precedent to having its brand families listed or retained in the directory developed under ORS 180.425 (Attorney General's directory), appoint and continuously engage the services of a resident agent in this state. The agent shall act as agent for service of process on whom all process in any action or proceeding against the nonparticipating manufacturer concerning or arising out of the enforcement of this section or ORS 180.410 (Manufacturer certification), 180.415 (Nonparticipating manufacturer certification), 180.420 (Document retention period), 180.435 (Distributor obligations), 180.440 (Prohibited conduct) or 323.806 (Required actions by manufacturers), or rules adopted under ORS 180.445 (Quarterly escrow deposits) or 180.450 (Judicial review), may be served in any manner authorized by law. Service on the agent constitutes legal and valid service of process on the nonparticipating manufacturer.
(b) The nonparticipating manufacturer shall provide the name, address, telephone number and proof of the appointment and availability of the agent to the Attorney General.
(2) The nonparticipating manufacturer shall provide notice to the Attorney General at least 30 calendar days prior to termination of the authority of an agent and shall provide proof to the satisfaction of the Attorney General of the appointment of a new agent at least five calendar days prior to the termination of an existing agent appointment. If an agent terminates an agency appointment, the nonparticipating manufacturer shall notify the Attorney General of the termination within five calendar days and shall include proof to the Attorney General of the appointment of a new agent.
(3) A nonparticipating manufacturer whose cigarettes are sold in this state who has not appointed or designated an agent as required by this section shall be deemed to have appointed the Secretary of State as the agent and may be proceeded against in courts of this state by service of process upon the Secretary of State. However, the appointment of the Secretary of State as the agent does not satisfy the condition precedent to having brand families of the nonparticipating manufacturer listed or retained in the directory. [2003 c.801 §7]
Note: See note under 180.400 (Legislative findings).
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