California Corporations Code Section 17052
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17052. The name of each limited liability company as set forth in
its articles of organization:
(a) Shall contain either the words "limited liability company" or
the abbreviation "LLC" or "L.L.C." as the last words in the name of
the limited liability company. The words "limited" and "company" may
be abbreviated to "Ltd." and "Co.," respectively.
(b) May contain the name of one or more members.
(c) Shall not be a name that the Secretary of State determines is
likely to mislead the public and shall not be the same as, or
resemble so closely as to tend to deceive, (1) the name of any
limited liability company that has filed articles of organization
pursuant to Section 17050, (2) the name of any foreign limited
liability company registered to do business in this state pursuant to
Section 17451, or (3) any name that is under reservation for another
domestic limited liability company or foreign limited liability
company pursuant to Section 17053. However, a limited liability
company may adopt a name that is substantially the same as that of an
existing domestic limited liability company or foreign limited
liability company that is registered pursuant to Section 17451 upon
proof of consent by that domestic limited liability company or
foreign limited liability company and a finding by the Secretary of
State that, under the circumstances, the public is not likely to be
(d) Shall not contain the words "bank," "trust," "trustee,"
"incorporated," "inc.," "corporation," or "corp.," and shall not
contain the words "insurer" or "insurance company" or any other words
suggesting that it is in the business of issuing policies of
insurance and assuming insurance risks.
(e) The use by a limited liability company or a foreign limited
liability company of a name in violation of this section may be
enjoined, notwithstanding the filing of its articles of organization
or its registration with the Secretary of State.
(f) A limited liability company may record in the office of the
county recorder of any county in this state, and county recorders, on
request, shall record a certified copy of the limited liability
company articles of organization and any exhibits or attachments, or
any amendment or correction thereto, that has been filed in the
office of the Secretary of State. A foreign limited liability company
may record in the office of the county recorder of any county in the
state a certified copy of the limited liability company application
for registration, certificate of registration, or any amendment
thereto, that has been filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
The recording shall create a conclusive presumption in favor of any
bona fide purchaser or encumbrancer for value of the limited
liability company real property located in the county in which the
certified copy has been recorded, of the statements contained
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