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Service by Social Media: New Law Review Article

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Facebook Notification–You’ve Been Served: Why Social Media Service of Process May Soon Be a Virtual Reality

Pedram Tabibi

 

Abstract:     

This article examines service of process via social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in the United States. Service of legal papers via social media may not be commonplace in the U.S., but it has been allowed many times in foreign jurisdictions. This article will provide examples where international courts allowed service of legal papers via social media, and then discuss recent lawsuits where U.S. federal courts considered service of legal papers via social media and allowed such service under certain circumstances. This article will also take a look at the efforts of certain States to allow for social media service of process, including via legislative means. This article then provides factors to consider when seeking social media service of process, and why such service may be more effective than most realize. Ultimately, while service of process via social media on a regular basis may be far off, such a service method, if properly considered, can benefit the legal system.

 

 

 

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