BY SVIATLANA LIASHCHYNA
as seen in Issue-36 of a360inc's Compliance Newsletter
By now, it’s clear that social media and electronic communications are not novelties. Instead, they have become mainstream staples that are used for a large portion of communications, advertising, commerce, and news. Despite all this, it may still surprise some that social media and emails can be used for service of legal process. In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee advised that it is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 430, which governs service by order of the court. This would allow service via email or social media account upon receipt of the court’s order and if service cannot be made under any other rule. Pennsylvania is not the first state in the country to modify its service rules to adapt to technology changes and platforms.
Alternative means of service have been used more consistently and for a longer time than you may realize. Mostly, they have been used by courts in different jurisdictions to effectuate service of foreign defendants based on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 4(f)(3).
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