FAIR PLAY / SUBSTANTIAL JUSTICE

facebook wins again

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan Locke on December 16, 2008

When you’re suing someone, you gotta let them know you’re suing them.  How you let them know varies with the circumstances.  If you know where they live, send them a registered letter.  They don’t answer the door?  Staple it right on there.  Don’t know where they live?  Publish it in a newspaper.  Any method that’s reasonably calculated to convey the required information and give those interested in making an appearance enough time to show up is fine by the courts.

Well, those crazy Aussies have done it again: Australia’s Supreme Court ruled today that you can serve a default judgment on someone through Facebook.  How cool is that?  A default judgment is when you sue someone and the other guy doesn’t show up, so you win by default.  But you still have to let them know you’ve won — otherwise, how will you collect your damages.  It makes sense that you’ll probably have to go to some extreme measures to find whomever you’re suing, seeing how he or she didn’t show up in the first place.

I wonder if Facebook’ll add a new SuperPoke — You’ve been DEFAULT LIEN’d!!!!!!!

Sydney Morning Herald has the details.

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