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Code of Virginia
Title 59.1. Trade and Commerce
Chapter 51. Fantasy Contests Act

§ 59.1-558. Issuance of registration; denial of same.

A. The Department shall consider all applications for registration and shall issue a valid registration to an applicant that meets the criteria set forth in this chapter.

B. The Department shall deny registration to any applicant unless it finds that:

1. If the corporation is a stock corporation, such stock is fully paid and nonassessable and has been subscribed and paid for only in cash or property to the exclusion of past services and, if the corporation is a nonstock corporation, that there are at least five members;

2. All principal stockholders or members have submitted to the jurisdiction of the Virginia courts for the purposes of this chapter, and all nonresident principal stockholders or members have designated the Commissioner of the Department as their agent for receipt of process;

3. The applicant's articles of incorporation provide that the corporation may, on vote of a majority of the stockholders or members, purchase at fair market value the entire membership interest of any stockholder or require the resignation of any member who is or becomes unqualified for such position under subsection C; and

4. The applicant meets the criteria established by the Department for the granting of registration.

C. The Department may deny registration to an applicant if it finds that the applicant, or any officer, partner, principal stockholder, or director of the applicant:

1. Has knowingly made a false statement of material fact or has deliberately failed to disclose any information requested;

2. Is or has been found guilty of any illegal, corrupt, or fraudulent act, practice, or conduct in connection with any fantasy contest in this or any other state or has been convicted of a felony, a crime of moral turpitude, or any criminal offense involving dishonesty or breach of trust within the 10 years prior to the date of application for registration;

3. Has at any time knowingly failed to comply with the provisions of this chapter or of any requirements of the Department;

4. Has had a registration or permit to hold or conduct fantasy contests denied for just cause, suspended, or revoked in any other state or country;

5. Has legally defaulted in the payment of any obligation or debt due to the Commonwealth; or

6. Is not qualified to do business in the Commonwealth or is not subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth.

D. Any operator applying for registration or renewal of a registration may operate during the application period unless the Department has reasonable cause to believe that such operator is or may be in violation of the provisions of this chapter and the Department requires such operator to suspend the operation of any fantasy contest until registration or renewal of registration is issued.

E. The Department shall issue such registration within 60 days of receipt of the application for registration. If the registration is not issued, the Department shall provide the operator with the justification for not issuing such registration with specificity.

2016, cc. 318, 703.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.