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Legal papers served via Facebook

An Australian couple have been served with legal documents via Facebook.  The couple apparently missed payments on a loan of over A$100,000 and a lawyer in Canberra persuaded a court to allow him to use Facebook to serve repossession papers. Attempts had been made to contact them at their home address and via email, and they failed to attend a court appearance.

The lawyer found the woman’s Facebook page and used details  such as her date of birth to argue in Court that she was the person in question. Her partner was listed as one of her “friends”.  The judge stipulated that the papers be sent via a private email so that other people visiting the page could not read their contents.  Australian courts have already granted permission for people to be served with legally binding papers via email or text message.

January 9, 2009 - Posted by | Facebook

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