If they didn’t file an FBN, you can be pretty sure they didn’t file a GP-1 Statement of Ptsh Authority with SoS. An entity that is required to file an FBN and doesn’t may not “maintain an action” in any court in this state till it files. I think that just means they can’t sue, but they can defend, but I could be wrong. Sounds like you need a detective. You might try calling an attorney’s service in SLO. Or you could call my attorney’s service, Parasec in Sacto: 800-533-7272.
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I agree with the prior response. Further, see if the business is licensed by anyone (e.g. sales tax, alcohol, real estate etc.). They may have filed documents with the licensing authorities clarifying who they are.
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