Saturday, October 3, 2009

The UK's High Court Permits Injunction To Be Served Via Twitter

The United Kingdom's High Court has permitted an injunction to be served via Twitter. Under UK law, there is no requirement that an injunction be served in person. In the UK, injunctions may be served via fax and e-mail, and now via social media.

It is possible that one day service by social media will be allowed in the U.S. However, the authentication issues involved must be properly addressed.  One reason for requiring personal service in the U.S. is to ensure that the person being sued is made aware of the litigation.  In my opinion, it may take years, but once all of the authentication issues are addressed it would not surprise me if service of process by social media is eventually allowed in the U.S.  

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