You’ve Been Poked’! PCCare247’ And Service of Process by Social Media

New York Law Journal

The article discusses a recent decision in the Southern District of New York, FTC v. PCCare247, Inc., which suggests that courts in the United States are shifting toward a more progressive view of service of process by Facebook and other forms of social media. It analyzes past reluctance of U.S. courts to approve such methods of service, its incremental acceptance in other common-law jurisdictions, and what the PCCare247 decision means for litigants going forward. The article notes that this decision demonstrates that change is coming, and that courts will continue to recognize that electronic service, whether by email, Facebook, Twitter, or other means, is often the most effective and least expensive way to reach a defendant.