(a) If the Secretary of State denies a corporation's application for reinstatement following administrative dissolution, he or she shall serve the corporation under Section 10A-1-5.31, 10A-1-5.35, or 10A-1-5.36 with a written notice that explains the reason or reasons for denial.
(b) The corporation may appeal the denial of reinstatement to the circuit court of the county where its articles of incorporation are filed within 30 days after service of the notice of denial is perfected. A corporation created by an act of the Legislature prior to the adoption of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, or which resulted from a merger or consolidation, may appeal to the Circuit Court of Montgomery County. The corporation appeals by petitioning the court to set aside the dissolution and attaching to the petition copies of the Secretary of State's certificate of dissolution, the corporation's application for reinstatement, and the Secretary of State's notice of denial.
(c) The court may summarily order the Secretary of State to reinstate the dissolved corporation, may order a trial de novo, or may take other action the court considers appropriate.
(d) The court's final decision may be appealed as in other civil proceedings.