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Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Hanna v. Plumer
Citation:380 U.S. 460 (1965)
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Hanna (Plaintiff) was involved in a car accident with Louise Plumer Osgood. The accident left Plaintiff seriously injured and Osgood deceased. Plaintiff believed that the accident was caused by Osgood’s negligence, and sued the executor of her estate, Plumer (Defendant). Plaintiff attempted to satisfy service of process requirements by leaving a copy of the summons with Defendant’s wife. According to Rule 4(d)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, this satisfied service of process requirements. However, according to Massachusetts General Laws (Ter. Ed.) Chapter 197, Section 9, service of process is not valid unless it is personally delivered to the Defendant.
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