State Updates


Because of a scheduled outage, beginning Friday, Jan. 13th at approximately 5 pm, the Sec. of State’s office will be unable to send email, receive email, and process online transactions. They anticipate that online services will be operational before Monday, Jan. 16th.


The California Secretary of State’s Office has a new and improved business entity search tool that allows you to see certain filed documents.

They have also made some changes to corporation dissolution forms and added filing tips to help prevent rejected filings.


Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is continuing her commitment to helping Veterans start and grow business with her “Boots to Business” initiative. She hopes to pass legislation that would waive the initial registration fee for veteran-owned businesses and also waive the annual report filing fee for the first four years of business operation.


Legacy Corpnet site ( will be retired as of Jan. 20, 2017. To access entity information, obtain forms and to file online you will need to go to .

All Secretary of State offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16th for Martin Luther King Day.

Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings

From all of us to you and your family our wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Upcoming Holiday Schedule

Nov. 23rd, Closing 2 PM
Nov. 24th-25th, Closed

Dec. 23rd, Closing 2 PM
Dec. 26th, Closed

New Year’s Day
Dec. 30th, Closing 2 PM
Jan. 2nd, Closed

FTC Challenges Made in USA Claims

FTC Challenges Made in USA Claims

For many American consumers the decision to buy products made in the USA is an important one. The Federal Trade Commission recently published an article regarding a particular company that is being sued for making false claims by advertising it’s products as “Made in the USA” or “Proudly Made in the USA”.

According to the complaint, this company claimed its products are “all or virtually all made in the US”. The FTC alleges that approximately 55% of chemicals used in the products are attributable to imported chemicals. Therefore, the suit states that the company’s claims were deceptive because although the products are made in the US, they are made with domestic and imported materials.

This company also manufactured products under brand names for other retailers. The article states  “Thus, the complaint alleges that [the company] provided others with the ‘means and instrumentalities’ to deceive consumers.”

If you’re currently marketing products as “Made in the USA”, or are considering doing so, the FTC has  the following publications and more available to companies.

Complying with the Made in the USA Standard

Selling American Made Products? What Businesses need to know about Made In the USA claims

Qualified Claims

Comparitive Claims

The FTC and Customs Service

What to do about violations

For more information visit