Serving Legal Documents Through Social Media

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April 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Social media has changed how we communicate; will it change how we litigate?

At least one lone star state politician thinks plaintiffs should be allowed to complete service of process via Twitter or Facebook.

State Representative Jeff Leach has introduced a bill that would allow Texas courts to approve substituted See more +

April 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Social media has changed how we communicate; will it change how we litigate?

At least one lone star state politician thinks plaintiffs should be allowed to complete service of process via Twitter or Facebook.

State Representative Jeff Leach has introduced a bill that would allow Texas courts to approve substituted service via social media, if the court finds that the "defendant could reasonably be expected to receive actual notice." The court would need confirmation that the account is authentic, and that the defendant regularly uses it.

While the service of process via social media would be new terrain, it could be the continuation of a trend.

Last month, after establishing that five India-based defendants had knowledge that they were being sued, the Southern District of New York allowed the Federal Trade Commission to serve documents through Facebook.

Now you may just want to think twice before accepting that friend request.

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