Ronald J. Hedges of Ronald J. Hedges LLC, Kenneth N. Rashbaum of Fios Inc., & Adam C. Losey have published Electronic Service of Process at Home and Abroad: Allowing Domestic Electronic Service of Process in the Federal Courts, 4 Federal Courts Law Review 1 (2009). Here is the abstract:
“Federal courts see the many advantages of using electronic communications in lieu of pen-and-ink pleadings. Indeed, international
service by electronic means is already accepted in federal courts, as well as some jurisdictions outside the United States. Filing by electronic means is now the default by virtue of its ease, convenience and cost-effectiveness.
“Service by electronic media is an idea that has now come of age. This Article proposes amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to allow domestic electronic service of process. Part II of this Article discusses service of process on foreign nationals via electronic communications. Part III advocates amending the Federal Rules to allow domestic electronic service of process in a manner akin to international service of process. Part IV contains proposed amendments to the Federal Rules that would allow domestic electronic service of process, with some limitations.”