Let's say "CompanyName" LLC is being sued for its business activities under the business names "FirstAssumedName" and "SecondAssumedName". Does a Plaintiff name and serve the "CompanyName" LLC once or twice for each business name?

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    Why would you not just name "CompanyName LLC dba FirstAssumedName, dba SecondAssumedName"? You should only really serve the "CompanyName LLC", but you can clarify the DBA in the paperwork.
    – Ron Beyer
    Oct 21, 2019 at 19:55
  • It is only one entity. Like a person - Michael, AKA Big Mike. Two names isn't two people. Oct 21, 2019 at 20:05

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You sue the legal person

One of the things that distinguishes legal personhood from other structures is the ability to sue and be sued. You can't sue a business name or a trust for example but you can sue a company.

I have in fact been required to make adjudication decisions that I know will be unenforceable in court because the applicant named a trust rather than the trustee.

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