Service of Process

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You’ve Been (Virtually) Served; From Facebook Friend to Process Server: Service of Process Via Facebook Messenger

It is no secret that social media has changed the face of the world in the last decade. Just ask Grumpy Cat. What is less evident, although no less true, is how social media has impacted the practice of law in the same amount...more

Virtually Served in the Online World: The Intersection of Law and Technology

Look around the playing fields where children practice soccer or baseball, and you will see many parents checking their phones. However, opening Facebook Messenger may lead to more than an invite to this weekend’s...more

Obtaining or Avoiding a Freeze on a Bank or Other Financial Account Can Require Swift Action or Reaction

During the dog days of summer, anything with the word “freeze” may sound appealing. But if the freeze is a “trustee process attachment” (tying up a bank or other institutional account), a whole different set of emotions can...more

Seventh Circuit Channels the Fugitive in Chastising Marshals Service

Ordinarily, a civil plaintiff must make his own arrangements to serve the defendant. But under Rule 4(c)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the district court “may order that service be made by a United States...more

Be Careful whom you friend on Facebook. When things go south, your next message may have a summons and complaint attached.

The few decisions addressing the propriety of service via social media reportedly are split on the issue. In a situation that is likely to become more common, a New York County Supreme Court Judge, Matthew Cooper, ruled...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Interprets Stricter Requirements for Payment Bond Claimants

Arizona has long protected the rights of subcontractors and material suppliers to seek recovery from the payment bond surety on public bonded projects. Arizona’s Little Miller Act, A.R.S. § 34-223, provides that claimants...more

Under Construction - June 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the summer edition of our Under Construction newsletter. In this issue, we highlight several hot topic items affecting the construction industry such as what happens when the...more

Worldwide Bound: the Hague Service Convention in International Family Law Cases

As a family lawyer in Silicon Valley, I often work with clients with international issues: enforcing judgments in Europe, dividing property abroad or obtaining custody orders when the parents live on different continents. A...more

Recent Court Ruling Affects AZ Subcontractors and Suppliers

A recent decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals holds that preliminary 20-day notices served on bonded projects under the Little Miller Act (“LMA”), A.R.S. § 34-223(A), must be served by registered or certified mail. As a...more

Are We Becoming More Social?

It goes without saying that there’s been much attention given to the use of social media in litigation. As litigators, we regularly monitor Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and other social media networks to surveille those...more

John Lewis of BakerHostetler Discusses Use of Social Media in Gawker Class Action  [Video]

BakerHostetler attorney John Lewis joins Colin O'Keefe to discuss the social media to notify potential plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against Gawker Media....more

Texas eMediaLaw Legislative Update: 2015

It’s Spring in Texas which means one of two things – the bluebonnets are out and in odd years, our legislature is back at work. One makes me grateful to be in Texas and the other only meets every other year. Here are a few...more

Divorce Papers Served by Facebook: Cold or Practical?

Calling social media “the next frontier in the developing law of the service of process over the internet,” a New York judge has allowed service of divorce papers via Facebook private messaging. This is either a cold invasion...more

Gawker Interns and the Use of Social Media to Notify Potential Class Members

Social media has dramatically impacted many areas of law, and class and collective action litigation is no exception. Recently, a number of former interns who sued Gawker Media LLC and its owner Nick Denton (Gawker) for wage...more

New York court permits plaintiff to serve divorce summons through Facebook message

The Manhattan Supreme Court recently permitted the plaintiff in divorce proceedings to serve the divorce summons to her husband through a private Facebook message. Justice Matthew Cooper acknowledged that the plaintiff’s...more

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those...more

Eviction by Email?

The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would allow landlords to start the eviction process by serving a seven-day demand for possession by email. Currently, a demand for possession must be sent by...more

Divorce By Social Media

This morning, I appeared on Fox29 in Philadelphia where I discussed and commented on a recent case out of Brooklyn, New York. In this matter, a divorcing party was granted permission to serve initial process by way of...more

Commercial Court Clarifies Test For Retrospective Alternative Service Of Claim Form

In Michael Norcross v Chrislos Georgallides [2014] EWHC 4530 (Comm), 4 July 2014, the Commercial Court clarified the test that will be applied by a court when determining whether to grant retrospective alternative service of...more

Serving Legal Documents On Time Can Be Tricky

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg runs into litigation service deadlines on a regular basis. It can be confusing calculating when a legal document is considered “served” according to the Code of Civil...more

Too Many People Using Social Media?

Well, maybe there aren’t too many people using social media in general. But, perhaps, that is the lesson to be taken from a recent federal court decision that addressed the intersection of one statute’s purpose and the...more

5 Things to Save Time (and Client $) When Using Hague Service Convention

Filed under “wisdom borne of pain” — five things about using the Hague Service Convention that lop hours off of the time spent serving a foreign company in a US-based litigation....more

Please Shut the Gate: High Court Decision on Important Jurisdictional Gateway

The English Civil Procedure Rules specify a number of “jurisdictional gateways” by which a foreign defendant may be brought within the jurisdiction of the English courts under the so-called common law rules. Amongst these is...more

Change to Rules of Service Out of the United Kingdom Following the Recast Brussels Regulation

Introduction - Regulation 44/2001 (the “Original Brussels Regulation”), which aimed to harmonise the approach to jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments across European Union Member States’...more

Can You Be “Served” or “Notified” Electronically?

Two recent cases produced what appear to be different answers to the question posed above. In the first case, a U.S. District Court in Gardner v. Detroit Entertainment, (Case No. 12-14870, October 15, 2014, USDC, E. Mich.)...more

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