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In a dispute focused on what constitutes effective notice of a lawsuit, a Pennsylvania state court has ruled that a car-accident plaintiff’s lawyer’s communication with and attempts to serve defendant’s counsel directly, rather than follow procedural rules directing service through the Sheriff’s Office, “were not meant to stall the judicial machinery” and were sufficient, despite delays compounded by the pandemic.

Addressing defendant’s preliminary objection that she and her counsel were not timely served, Judge David Williamson of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas wrote that “plaintiff counsel tried to discuss and arrange acceptance of service with defendant counsel who was already involved in the case,” and that “defendant counsel was aware of the claims made, knew a complaint had been filed, and that plaintiff was trying to ascertain if service would be accepted.”

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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