(1) The name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words “limited liability company” or “limited liability co.” or end with the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. The name may not contain language stating or implying that the limited liability company is organized for any purpose other than that permitted under s. 183.0106(1) .
(2) Except as provided in sub. (4), the name of a domestic limited liability company shall be distinguishable upon the records of the department from all of the following names:
(a) The name of any other limited liability company, a corporation, a nonstock corporation, a limited partnership, a limited liability partnership, a cooperative association, or an unincorporated cooperative association existing under the laws of this state.
(b) The name of any foreign limited liability company, foreign corporation, foreign nonstock corporation, foreign limited partnership, foreign limited liability partnership, foreign cooperative association, or foreign unincorporated cooperative association, or the designated, registered or fictitious name under which any such entity is licensed to transact business in this state.
(c) Any name reserved or registered under ch. 179, 180, 181, 185, or 193.
(3) The name of a limited liability company is not distinguishable from a name referred to in sub. (2)(a) to (c) if the only difference between it and the other name is the inclusion or absence of a word or words referred to in sub. (1) or of the words “corporation”, “incorporated”, “limited”, “company”, “limited partnership”, “limited liability partnership” or “cooperative” or an abbreviation of these words.
(4) A limited liability company may apply to the department for authorization to use a name that is not distinguishable upon the records of the department from one or more of the names described in sub. (2)(a) to (c). The department shall authorize use of the name applied for if any of the following occurs:
(a) The other limited liability company, corporation, nonstock corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, cooperative association, or unincorporated cooperative association consents to the use in writing and submits an undertaking in a form satisfactory to the department to change its name to a name that is distinguishable upon the records of the department from the name of the applicant.
(b) The applicant delivers to the department a certified copy of a final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction establishing the applicant's right to use the name applied for in this state.
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