When a non-resident of Virginia is sued in that state, court papers are delivered to the Secretary of the Commonwealth who forwards them to the defendant’s last known address. When that happens, service is complete as a matter of law. Period.
Here’re the exhibits that were filed along with the Motion for Default Judgment Against Defendant Brynaert in the Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. case to prove adequate service of process.
Most of it is boring paperwork, but Exhibit B is kinda interesting. It shows how CMRB’s last known address was found. Via Anonymous. In the motion for default we read
5. Plaintiff’s suspicions were confirmed when the online hacker group Anonymous “doxed” Defendant Brynaert. “Doxing” is a phenomenon where someone who is trying to remain anonymous or hidden—often because he is threatening or harassing people online—has all of his personal information published on the internet.
<mockery>Say, doesn’t First Mate Neal Rauhauser brag about his connections with Anonymous? It almost looks as if he’s using them to throw a codefendant overboard to the sharks, or screaming eels, or whatever.</mockery>
Yes, Gentle Reader, we are passing the point where the various defendant’s personal interests are beginning outweigh their Team Kimberlin spirit. Will we see a mutiny? Will the first man over the side leave via the plank or a lifeboat?
The answers to these and other intriguing questions will be coming soon. Stay tuned.