Recently, pop musician Flo Rida was served with a breach of contract lawsuit in Australia via Facebook. Mr. Rida (his real name is Tramar Dillard) failed to show at his court date. An Australian appeals judge eventually ruled that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to allow service via Facebook. This unusual scenario raises the question: "Would this be a proper form of service of a lawsuit in Arkansas?" The simple answer to that question is "No."
Rule 4 of the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure governs the service of a lawsuit on the defendant in Arkansas. In most cases, the defendant must be properly served with the complaint in person by a sheriff or other person authorized by the court to serve a lawsuit. In some instances, service by United States mail or commercial carrier such as United Parcel Service is allowed. However, as of right now, service via Facebook or other forms of social media is not permitted in Arkansas courts.
If you have been served with a lawsuit and need legal assistance, call the attorneys at The Williams Law Group at 479-633-8421 today to receive immediate help and guidance.