Madeleine A. Hensler

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On March 7, 2013, a federal court in Manhattan ruled, in Federal Trade Commission v. PCCare247 Inc., that service via Facebook is an acceptable alternative means of serving court documents on foreign defendants. Although this is a watershed ruling in many respects, in other ways, it is a natural extension of current authority in a factual situation where such a ruling posed little risk. In this case, the FTC brought suit against nine parties,…
A pair of recent decisions in federal court in Arkansas confirms that nothing about the virtual world changes a core principle of contract formation—that there can be no valid contract without objective manifestation of assent.  The decisions both deal with the efforts of one repeat pro se plaintiff, David Stebbins, to impose upon large institutions binding agreements to arbitrate via email.  These two decisions signal that courts will not relax traditional rules of contract formation…