Section 5-11A-4

Use of word "trust" in designation or name of entity.

Except in the case of any entity which is organized and operating under the laws of Alabama, other states, or the United States as a trust company or as a combined bank and trust company and which has complied with the requirements of Sections 5-11A-1 and 5-11A-3 or with similar laws of other states or of the United States, no firm, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or other entity shall use the word "trust" or a word or words of similar meaning in any foreign language as a part of its designation or name or in connection with its business if such use of the word "trust" or word or words of similar meaning in any foreign language is likely to give the impression that the entity is lawfully organized and operating as a bank or trust company or would otherwise mislead or confuse the public regarding the lawful business of the entity. Any violation of this section shall subject the party chargeable therewith to a penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for each day, with a maximum amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), during which such violation is committed or repeated. Such penalty may be recovered by the superintendent by an action instituted for that purpose, and, in addition to the penalty, such violation may be enjoined and the injunction enforced as in other cases. If the directors, officers, or those persons performing similar functions as corporate directors or officers of any entity knowingly and willfully violate or knowingly and willfully permit any of the officers, agents, employees, or those persons performing similar functions of the entity to violate any of the provisions of this section, each and every such director, officer, or person engaging in such knowing and willful violation or knowing and willful permission shall be liable in his or her personal and individual capacity for all damages which the entity or any other person shall have sustained in consequence of such violation.

(Acts 1980, No. 80-658, §5-11-4; Act 2007-224, p. 284, §1.)