therefore null and void and no action can be maintained thereon at any time

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therefore null and void, and no action can be maintained thereon at any time, even if the corporation shall, at some time after the making of the contract, qualify itself to transact business in this state by a compliance with our laws in reference to foreign corporations that desire to engage in business here. (United Lead Co. v. J.M. Ready Elevator Mfg. Co., 222 Ill. 199, 73 N.N. 567 [1906].) A Michigan statute provides: "No foreign corporation subject to the provisions of this Act, shall maintain any action in this state upon any contract made by it in this state after the taking effect of this Act, until it shall have fully complied with the requirement of this Act, and procured a certificate to that effect from the Secretary of State," It was held that the above statute does not render contracts of a foreign corporation that fails to comply with the statute void, but they may be enforced only after compliance therewith. (Hastings Industrial Co. v. Moral, 143 Mich. 679,107 N.E. 706 [1906]; Kuennan v. U.S. Fidelity & G. Co., Mich. 122; 123 N.W. 799 [1909]; Despres, Bridges & Noel v. Zierleyn, 163 Mich. 399, 128 N.W. 769 [1910]). It has also been held that where the law provided that a corporation which has not complied with the statutory requirements "shall not maintain an action until such compliance". "At the commencement of this action the plaintiff had not filed the certified copy with the country clerk of Madera County, but it did file with the officer several months before the defendant filed his amended answer, setting up this defense, as that at the time this defense was pleaded by the defendant the plaintiff had complied with the statute. The defense pleaded by the defendant was therefore unavailable to him to prevent the
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plaintiff from thereafter maintaining the action. Section 299 does not declare that the plaintiff shall not commence an action in any county unless it has filed a certified copy in the office of the county clerk, but merely declares that it shall not maintain an action until it has filled it. To maintain an action is not the same as to commence an action, but implies that the action has already been commenced. " (See also Kendrick & Roberts Inc. v. Warren Bros. Co., 110 Md. 47, 72 A. 461 [1909]). In another case, the court said: "The very fact that the prohibition against maintaining an action in the courts of the state was inserted in the statute ought to be conclusive proof that the legislature did not intend or understand that contracts made without compliance with the law were void. The statute does not fix any time within which foreign corporations shall comply with the Act. If such contracts were void, no suits could be prosecuted on them in any court. ... The primary purpose of our statute is to compel a foreign corporation desiring to do business within the state to submit itself to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state. The statute was not intended to exclude foreign corporations from the state. It does not, in terms, render invalid contracts made in this state by non-complying corporations. The better
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