SERVICE OF PROCESS: DOMESTIC CORPORATION: SERVICE ON REGISTERED AGENT: HIERARCHY OF INDIVIDUALS UPON WHOM SERVICE MAY BE MADE: SECTION 48.081, FLORIDA STATUTES

Verabella Falls Condominium Association, Inc. v. Sosa, ___ So. 3d ___, 37 Fla. L. Weekly D79 (Fla. 3d DCA January 4, 2012)

Section 48.081, Florida Statutes, establishes a hierarchy of individuals who may be served on behalf of a private corporation.  In this case, Judge Emas, concurring with a per curiam affirmance, explained that the hierarchy is inapplicable when service … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

TORTS: SLIP AND FALL; CIVIL PROCEDURE: DEFAULT: VOID JUDGMENT: IMPROPER SERVICE OF PROCESS: MERGED CORPORATION

The Mills Corporation v. Amato, ___ So. 3d ___, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D2396 (Fla. 4th DCA November 2, 2011)

The plaintiff slipped and fell in a mall.  After the accident, the corporate owner of the mall was merged into another corporation, but the plaintiff and her husband served the CEO of the former owner and obtained a default … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...

SERVICE OF PROCESS ON NATIONAL BANKING ASSOCIATION

Bank of America, N.A. v. Bornstein, ___ So. 3d ___, 35 Fla. L. Weekly D1503 (Fla. 4th DCA 7/7/10)

The trial court erred by denying a motion to quash service on a national banking association by serving a teller.  Section 48.081, Florida Statutes, applies to service of process on a corporation.  It establishes a hierarchy of persons who may … Click To Read Full Case Law Review...