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Litigation Financiers Now Required to Register with Secretary of State's Office
(Published: June 30, 2014)

Starting July 1, litigation financiers operating in this state are required to register with the Secretary of State's office.

A litigation financier is a person, entity or partnership engaged in the business of litigation financing. The new law defines litigation financing as making non-recourse transactions in which financing is provided to a consumer in return for a consumer assigning to the litigation financier a contingent right to receive an amount of the potential proceeds of the consumer's judgment, award, settlement or verdict obtained with respect to the consumer's legal claim. However, not included in the definition of litigation financing are legal services provided on a contingency fee basis or advanced legal costs where such services or costs are provided to or on behalf of a consumer by an attorney representing the consumer in the dispute and in accordance with the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, commercial tort claims as defined by T.C.A. § 47-9-102, and claims under the Worker's Compensation Law.

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New Law Streamlines Business Entity Address Requirements
(Published: June 30, 2014)

Legislation was passed this year to streamline the principal office address and registered agent address provisions outlined in the law relative to corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships.

Effective today, every existing and new business entity that registers with the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office is required to have a deliverable street address for its principal office address as well as for the registered agent address. A post office box or other non-street address will no longer be accepted for the principal office address or for the registered agent address. However, a post office box can be used for the mailing address of record. If the U.S. Postal Service cannot deliver mail to a business entity's principal office street address, then the entity will be required to also provide a deliverable mailing address.

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Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Report

To view the report online, go to: http://tn.gov/sos/be_reports/201405.pdf.

What Tennessee Business Filings Can Tell You About the State's Economy
(Published: May 22, 2014)

The Tennessee Secretary of State's office introduced a new resource today for people who follow the state's economic indicators.

That resource is a quarterly report that will be produced jointly by the office and the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The report will demonstrate how business filings received by the Secretary of State's office track with key economic indicators.

For example, the center found there is a correlation between new business filings and economic factors such as job growth and employment figures.

"We have a lot of data on file about business activity in Tennessee, and I hope this information, which had previously not been analyzed, will provide value for policymakers and business leaders, ” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

To view the report online, go to: http://tn.gov/sos/be_reports/201405.pdf.

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What Tennessee Business Filings Can Tell You About the State's Economy
(Published: May 22, 2014)

The Tennessee Secretary of State's office introduced a new resource today for people who follow the state's economic indicators.

That resource is a quarterly report that will be produced jointly by the office and the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The report will demonstrate how business filings received by the Secretary of State's office track with key economic indicators.

For example, the center found there is a correlation between new business filings and economic factors such as job growth and employment figures.

"We have a lot of data on file about business activity in Tennessee, and I hope this information, which had previously not been analyzed, will provide value for policymakers and business leaders, ” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

The reports will provide updates on new business filings for nonprofit and for-profit corporations and limited liability companies as well as dissolutions of those types of businesses. The report will also have information about trademark registrations and assumed name registrations.

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April’s Business Spotlight: “Furred and Feathered Friends”
(Published: April 15, 2014)

Rebecca Brewer knows something about your dog that you may not: Your pet may not be the unabashed carnivore that you think it is.

"Dogs do love vegetables," Brewer said. "Dogs love fruits."

Brewer has learned this because her Newbern-based business, Farm House Barkery LLC, produces baked doggie treats that are all fruit- and vegetable-based. While most regular dog food is meat-based, Brewer said pooches apparently like to switch things up when they're snacking.

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Media Alert: Secretary Hargett Warns of Familiar Scam Under New Name
(Published: October 10, 2013)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has been receiving inquiries from businesses and other organizations about an official-looking notice from Annual Business Services. In the notices that have been mailed out to Tennesseans, Annual Business Services claims the organizations must fill out a form and pay $125 to register. However, Annual Business Services is not in any way affiliated with the Secretary of State’s office and there is no state law requiring registration with that entity.

The standard annual fee to file a corporation registration report in Tennessee is only $20.

This appears to be similar to a scam that surfaced several months ago with an entity calling itself Corporate Records Services and using a different address.

“I strongly advise corporations and other organizations to exercise caution before providing private and confidential information – particularly credit card information – to this or any company representing itself in this manner,” Secretary Hargett said. “When questionable documents arrive in the mail, I encourage people to call our office to verify their authenticity.”

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Uniform Commercial Code Filing Changes Take Effect Today
(Published: July 1, 2013)

Tennessee’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filing system, which is administered by the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, underwent significant change, effective today. On the same day that statutory changes in the UCC system approved by the General Assembly last year are going into effect, the division has activated its new UCC filing system.

The new UCC filing system replaces technology that has been used by the division since 1997 and offers customers new conveniences, including online filing capabilities.

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