Monday, March 11, 2013

Daily Dot | Texas law would allow legal documents to be served on Facebook

Daily Dot | Texas law would allow legal documents to be served on Facebook
So if you’re in Texas and you’re being sued, your spouse wants a divorce, your car’s been repoed, or you’re facing any of a thousand other civil issues, a tweet, Facebook message or comment on your blog might count as legal notice, if House Bill 1989 becomes law. (And woe unto you if you skip out on a court date because you never saw the notice ordering you there in the first place!)

If the bill is approved, serving notice through social media will be legally acceptable as long as the defendant has (and regularly checks) a social media profile—and as long as the profile actually belongs to the correct defendant.

This has the potential for multiple problems. Facebook messages, tweets or blog comments aren’t always seen by their recipients—especially if they’re not official “friends” or “followers.” But as long as a judge finds that you reasonably should have seen the message, you’ll be considered properly served. But unless the person serving you pays Facebook a dollar, or gets you to accept a friend request, that legal notice could be sucked into your “other” folder, never to be seen.

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