17:9A-18 Names of banks, savings banks; use, certain, waiver.
18. A. The name of every bank shall contain the word "bank" or "banking" or "trust," or a combination of the words "bank" or "banking" and "trust," except that no bank which is not qualified to exercise any of the powers specified in section 28 shall use the word "trust" as part of its name. Any bank which, immediately prior to the effective date of this act, lawfully used the word "savings" as part of its name, may continue the use thereof, but no other bank shall hereafter use such word as part of its name.
B.The name of every savings bank shall contain the words "savings bank" or "savings fund society" or "savings institution" or "institution for savings" or "bank for savings " or "bank." Any savings bank which, immediately prior to the effective date of this act, lawfully used the word "trust" as part of its name, may continue the use thereof, but no other savings bank shall hereafter use such word as part of its name.
C.No bank or savings bank shall assume a name identical with that of an existing banking institution, or so similar thereto that confusion may result therefrom; except that, if a bank or savings bank is organized to succeed another bank or savings bank pursuant to section 16, it may adopt the name of the bank or savings bank which it succeeds.
D.No person, other than a banking institution or bank holding company, shall use the words "bank" or "banker" or "banking" or "trust" or "savings" or any of them, as part of his or its name, or in any representations describing his or its powers, services or functions, except as otherwise permitted by law, provided, however, that the commissioner may waive the provisions of this subsection if the commissioner upon application determines that: (1) the applicant has used the requested name in at least one other state for at least six years and use of that name has not resulted in a pattern of confusion to consumers in that or any other state; (2) there is no risk of confusion to consumers in this State; (3) the services provided by an applicant are not financial services; and (4) the applicant only does business with other commercial entities and not with consumers.
Upon receipt of an application for a waiver of the provisions of this subsection, the commissioner shall provide notice of that application to the New Jersey Bankers Association, the New Jersey League of Community Bankers, and any successor trade associations. Upon receipt of the notice from the commissioner, the trade associations or any member thereof shall have 30 days in which to provide written comments supporting or opposing the application to the commissioner. A violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be a misdemeanor, and the Superior Court shall have jurisdiction to enjoin such violation at the suit of the commissioner.
E.The provisions of subsection D of this section shall not apply to any corporation or association formed for the purpose of promoting the interests of banking institutions, the membership of which is comprised of banking institutions, their officers or other representatives; nor shall the said subsection apply to any partnership, association, or corporation, which, on the effective date of this act, lawfully used the words "bank," "banker," "banking," "trust," or "savings," or any of them, as part of its name.
F.The provisions of subsection D of this section shall not prevent the use of the word "savings" by a building and loan association or a savings and loan association, or by a corporation or association formed for the purpose of promoting the interests of building and loan associations or savings and loan associations, the membership of which is comprised of building and loan or savings and loan associations, their officers or other representatives.
G.The provisions of subsection D of this section shall not prevent the use of the word "trust" by a Real Estate Investment Trust as defined in 26 U.S.C. s.856.
L.1948,c.67,s.18; amended 1985, c.528, s.13; 1997, c.370; 2000, c.68; 2004, c.77.
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