(1) A partner or a liquidating trustee of a partnership that is formed under the laws of this state or that is doing business in this state may be served with process in the manner this section prescribes in all civil actions or proceedings brought in this state involving or relating to the business of the partnership or a violation by the partner or the liquidating trustee of a duty to the partnership or any partner of the partnership, whether or not the partner or the liquidating trustee is a partner or a liquidating trustee at the time suit is commenced.
(2) A person who is a partner or liquidating trustee on the date on which this chapter first applies to the partnership pursuant to division (C) of section 1776.95 of the Revised Code, or who thereafter becomes a partner or a liquidating trustee of a partnership, thereby consents to the appointment of each partner who has signed a statement of partnership authority under section 1776.33 of the Revised Code, and any agent named in a statement of partnership authority under section 1776.33 of the Revised Code, as that person's agent upon whom service of process may be made. Any process so served shall be of the same legal force and validity as if served upon the partner or liquidating trustee within this state.
(B) In a written partnership agreement or other writing, a partner may consent to be subject to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the courts of, or arbitration in, a specified jurisdiction, or the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of this state, or the exclusivity of arbitration in a specified jurisdiction or this state, and to be served with legal process in the manner prescribed in the partnership agreement or other writing.
(C) Nothing in this section limits or affects the right to serve process in any other manner now or hereafter provided by law. This section is an extension of, and not a limitation upon, the right otherwise existing of service of legal process.
Effective Date: 2008 HB332 08-06-2008