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  • PART I ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • TITLE XV REGULATION OF TRADE
  • CHAPTER 110A UNIFORM SECURITIES ACT
  • Section 414 Scope of the Act and Service of Process

Section 414. (a) Sections 101, 201(a), 301, 405, and 410 apply to persons who sell or offer to sell when (1) an offer to sell is made in the commonwealth, or (2) an offer to buy is made and accepted in the commonwealth.

(b) Sections 101, 201(a), and 405 apply to persons who buy or offer to buy when (1) an offer to buy is made in the commonwealth, or (2) an offer to sell is made and accepted in the commonwealth.

(c) For the purpose of this section, an offer to sell or to buy is made in the commonwealth, whether or not either party is then present in the commonwealth, when the offer (1) originates from the commonwealth or (2) is directed by the offeror to the commonwealth and received at the place to which it is directed, or at any post office in the commonwealth in the case of a mailed offer.

(d) For the purpose of this section, an offer to buy or to sell is accepted in the commonwealth when acceptance (1) is communicated to the offeror in the commonwealth and (2) has not previously been communicated to the offeror, orally or in writing, outside the commonwealth; and acceptance is communicated to the offeror in the commonwealth, whether or not either party is then present in the commonwealth, when the offeree directs it to the offeror in the commonwealth reasonably believing the offeror to be in the commonwealth and it is received at the place to which it is directed, or at any post office in the commonwealth in the case of a mailed acceptance.

(e) An offer to sell or to buy is not made in the commonwealth when (1) the publisher circulates or there is circulated on his behalf in the commonwealth any bona fide newspaper or other publication of general, regular, and paid circulation which is not published in the commonwealth, or which is published in the commonwealth but has had more than two-thirds of its circulation outside the commonwealth during the past twelve months, or (2) a radio or television program originating outside the commonwealth is received in the commonwealth.

(f) Section 102 applies when any act instrumental in effecting prohibited conduct is done in the commonwealth, whether or not either party is then present in the commonwealth.

(g) Every applicant for registration under this chapter and every issuer which proposes to offer a security in the commonwealth through any person acting on an agency basis in the common-law sense shall file with the secretary, in such form as he by rule prescribes, an irrevocable consent appointing the secretary or his successor in office to be his attorney to receive service of any lawful process in any non-criminal suit, action, or proceeding against him or his successor, executor, or administrator which arises under this chapter or any rule or order hereunder after the consent has been filed, with the same force and validity as if served personally on the person filing the consent. A person who has filed such a consent in connection with a previous registration need not file another. Service may be made by leaving a copy of the process in the office of the secretary but it is not effective unless (1) the plaintiff, who may be the secretary in a suit, action, or proceeding instituted by it, forthwith sends notice of the service and a copy of the process by registered mail to the defendant or respondent at his last address on file with the secretary, and (2) the plaintiff’s affidavit of compliance with this subsection is filed in the case on or before the return day of the process, if any, or within such further time as the court allows.

(h) When any person, including any nonresident of the commonwealth, engages in conduct prohibited or made actionable by this chapter or any rule or order hereunder, and he has not filed a consent to service of process under subsection (g) and personal jurisdiction over him cannot otherwise be obtained in the commonwealth, that conduct shall be considered equivalent to his appointment of the secretary or his successor in office to be his attorney to receive service of any lawful process in any non-criminal suit, action, or proceeding against him or his successor, executor, or administrator which grows out of that conduct and which is brought under this chapter or any rule or order hereunder, with the same force and validity as if served on him personally. Service may be made by leaving a copy of the process in the office of the secretary, and it is not effective unless (1) the plaintiff, who may be the secretary in a suit, action, or proceeding instituted by it, forthwith sends notice of the service and a copy of the process by registered mail to the defendant or respondent at his last known address or takes other steps which are reasonably calculated to give actual notice, and (2) the plaintiff’s affidavit of compliance with this subsection is filed in the case on or before the return day of the process, if any, or within such further time as the court allows.

(i) When process is served under this section, the court, or the secretary in a proceeding before it, shall order such continuance as may be necessary to afford the defendant or respondent reasonable opportunity to defend.