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January 9, 2009
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I stumbled across a unique December headline while cruising though the USA Today Technology section, Australia OKs Facebook for serving lien notice. According to the article, an Australian court ruled that the use of Facebook was a viable means to notify a couple that they had lost their home due to defaulting on a loan. In this case, attempts had already been made to contact the couple in person and via email. Historically, Australian courts ha


I stumbled across a unique December headline while cruising though the USA Today Technology section, Australia OKs Facebook for serving lien notice. According to the article, an Australian court ruled that the use of Facebook was a viable means to notify a couple that they had lost their home due to defaulting on a loan. In this case, attempts had already been made to contact the couple in person and via email. Historically, Australian courts have granted permission to serve documents via email or text message when it was not possible to do so in person.

This is a unique use of a Web 2.0 medium for a normally uniformed officer responsibility. The beauty of this ruling shows the importance that the courts place on the social outlet… and another indicator of our online society.
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