Court: Serving Legal Papers via Facebook OK

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Over the last few years Facebook has been hugging, kissing, poking and prodding us within an inch of our lives. Sure some people find it annoying but you can always just ignore the playfully abusive advances of those on your friends list. This is not the case for one couple in Australia.

According to the AP, a court in Australia has approved the use of Facebook to notify a couple that they have lost their home after defaulting on a loan. Ouch. The Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court last Friday approved lawyer Mark McCormack’s application to use Facebook to serve the legally binding documents following a whole bunch of failed attempts to reach the couple at their home and via email.

However, it seems the news got out before he got a chance to serve the papers and the couple’s Facebook profiles disappeared from the social networking site. Mr. McCormack said when he had initially found the woman and her husband on Facebook, neither had their profiles set to private to prevent people who were not on their friends lists access their pages.

We’re willing to bet the two will be ratted out by someone who knows them. News travels fast.