Which (if any) legal system for Facebook?

guest bookI am delighted to introduce a guest post today by Johann Morri, a judge at the Administrative Court of Versailles, in France. He studied law both in France and in the United States, where he was a law clerk for a Federal Judge in the District of North California for several months. He also served at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance & Industry, where he led the international law office within the Department for Legal Affairs.

In the article below, Judge Morri has written a summary (with the author’s permission) of a 37-page article, Facebookistan¹, by Professeur Anupam Chander.  I’m sure you will very much enjoy it, and we look forward to your comments!

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JPC Law uses Facebook to serve Worldwide Freezing Injunction

Today I have another guest post for you, by Vicki Woolf, a trainee solicitor due to qualify at the end of March 2012. Vicki works at JPC Law (Jaffe Porter Crossick LLP), a commercial and private client practice covering the spectrum of business law as well as individuals’ legal affairs. During Vicki’s GDL she obtained a placement at Bird & Bird, and on graduating she interned at a Wall Street firm in New York.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this interesting development in practice!

It has recently been reported that Hastings County Court granted permission for a Court Order to be served on a Defendant via Facebook.

In 2010, the JPC litigation department successfully obtained an order allowing for a Worldwide Freezing Injunction to be served by Facebook.  The standards for obtaining a Worldwide Freezing Injunction are exceptionally high, however JPC were able to obtain the Injunction and persuade a High Court Judge to allow service by this unconventional method.  It transpired throughout the course of  events that it was the Facebook messages that led to the successful service on the Defendants.

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