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Video: Will Social Media Change How We Litigate?

Are Facebook and Twitter a good place to find defendants for service of process? Probably. Service via email and social media may be an economical and effective option for serving process on foreign parties, or even domestic parties that are otherwise difficult to track down by traditional means. However, the authenticity of user accounts and proof that users have actually opened or seen the relevant message remain a key issue.

In Texas, Rep. Jeff Leach (R) has introduced a bill that would allow courts to approve substituted service via a social media website if the court finds that "defendant could reasonably be expected to receive actual notice" through the site.

From Bloomberg Law:

Social media has changed how we communicate; will it change how we litigate? At least one lone star state politician thinks plaintiffs should be allowed to complete service of process via Twitter or Facebook.State Representative Jeff Leach has introduced a bill that would allow Texas courts to approve substituted service via social media, if the court finds that the "defendant could reasonably be expected to receive actual notice."

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