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British High Court Permits Service Via Facebook: Will U.S. Courts Follow?

By Nick Nelson The Associated Press reports that a High Court Judge in England last week approved the use of Facebook to serve legal documents on a defendant in a commercial dispute. According to the report, the plaintiffs had attempted to serve the defendant at his last known address, but it wasn?ÇÖt clear whether the individual was still living there.?á The defendant?ÇÖs e-mail address was also unknown. Attorneys for the plaintiffs told the High Court that there was evidence that the defendant?ÇÖs Facebook account, on the other hand, was active ?Çô he had just recently accepted two new friend requests. Under these circumstances, Justice Nigel Teare granted the plaintiffs?ÇÖ request to serve the defendant via Facebook.?á According to Jenni Jenkins, an attorney for plaintiffs who was quoted by the Associated Press, the defendant was given extra time to respond to the claim ?Ç£to allow for the possibility that he wasn?ÇÖt… Continue Reading

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