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<RXU)DFHERRN Statusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Servedâ&#x20AC;?: Service of Process Using Social Networking Sites John G. Browning Courts â&#x20AC;Ś cannot be blind to changes and advances in technology. No longer do we live in a world where communications are conducted solely by mail carried by fast sailing clipper or steam ships. Electronic communication via satellite can and does provide instantaneous transmission of notice and information. No longer must process be mailed to a defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door when he can receive FRPSOHWHQRWLFHDWDQHOHFWURQLFWHUPLQDOLQVLGHKLVYHU\RIÂżFHHYHQZKHQWKHGRRULVVWHHODQG bolted shut.1

amously permitting a then-state of the art technology, the telex,2 to be used as a mode RIVHUYLFHWKH1HZ<RUNIHGHUDOMXGJHZKRZURWHWKDWRSLQLRQEDFNLQZRXOG SUREDEO\QRWEHVKRFNHGWRGLVFRYHUWKDWLQWKHZLUHGZRUOGRIFRXUWVLQDWOHDVWÂżYH countries have allowed defendants to be served via a social networking site.3

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1. New England Merchants National Bank v. Iran Power Generation & Transmission Co., 495 F. Supp. Âą 6'1<  2. Telex was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a switched network of teleprinters similar to a telephone network, for the purposes of sending text-based messages.â&#x20AC;? Telex, WIKIPEDIA , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telex (visited Mar, 29, 2012). 3. See, e.g., MKM Capital Property Ltd. v. Corbo & Poyser (Dec. 12, 2008). No. SC 608 of 2008 (Austl.., ACT Sup. Ct.) (discussed infra, note 51 and accompanying text, et. seq.); Axe Market Garden Ltd. v. Axe (2009), CIV - 2008 - 485-002676 (HC Wellington) (N.Z.) (discussed infra, note 79 and accompanying text, et. seq.); and Knott v. Sutherland (Feb. 5, 2009, Edmonton 0803 02267, [2009] A.J. No. 1539 (Alta. Q.R.M.) (Canada) (discussed infra, note 81 and accompanying text, et. seq.); and ,Q5HMarriage of Jessica Mpafe v. Clarence Mdjounwou Mpafe, Court File No. 27-FA-11 (Minn. Dist. Ct., Fam. Div., Hennepin County) (May 10, 2011) (discussed infra, note 132 and accompanying text, et. seq.). See also Katherine Rushton, Legal Claims Can be Served Via Facebook, High Court Judge Rules, THE TELEGRAPH, Feb. 21, 2012, KWWSZZZWHOHJUDSKFRXNÂżQDQFHQHZVE\VHFWRUPHGLDWHFKQRORgyandtelecoms/9095489/Legal-claims-can-be-served-via-Facebook-High-Court-judge-rules.html (United Kingdom).

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Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal, Spring 2012  

This issue of the Journal covers Facebook service, Judgespeak and more.

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This issue of the Journal covers Facebook service, Judgespeak and more.

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