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Page 1 of 1 131.614 Service of process against nonresident nonparticipating tobacco product manufacturer. (1) Any nonresident or foreign nonparticipating manufacturer that has not registered to do business in the state as a foreign corporation or business entity shall, as a <br>condition precedent to having its brand families included or retained in the <br>directory, appoint and continually engage without interruption the services of an <br>agent in this state to act as agent for the service of process on whom all process, and <br>any action or proceeding against it concerning or arising out of the enforcement of <br>KRS 131.602 and 131.604 to 131.630, may be served in any manner authorized by <br>law. The service shall constitute legal and valid service of process on the <br>nonparticipating manufacturer. The nonparticipating manufacturer shall provide the <br>name, address, phone number, and proof of the appointment and availability of the <br>agent to the Attorney General. (2) The nonparticipating manufacturer shall provide notice to the Attorney General thirty (30) calendar days prior to termination of the authority of an agent and shall <br>further provide proof of the appointment of a new agent no less than five (5) <br>calendar days prior to the termination of an existing agent appointment. If an agent <br>terminates an agency appointment, the nonparticipating manufacturer shall notify <br>the secretary and the Attorney General of the termination within five (5) calendar <br>days and shall include proof of the appointment of a new agent. (3) Any nonparticipating manufacturer whose products are sold in this state without appointing or designating an agent as required by this section shall be deemed to <br>have appointed the Secretary of State as its agent and may be proceeded against in <br>courts of this state by service of process upon the Secretary of State. The <br>appointment of the Secretary of State as its agent shall not satisfy the condition <br>precedent to having its brand families listed or retained in the directory. (4) The Attorney General may by administrative regulation establish criteria for validating the appointment of an agent for the purposes of this section. Effective: April 6, 2003 <br>History: Created 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 6, effective April 6, 2003.