This article is the latest example of a relatively recent phenomenon. Litigants in proceedings can sometimes have real trouble in tracking down the intended defendant and in particular specifying a physical address for service of those proceedings.
This is particularly a problem in relation to the types of disputes I get involved with, such as online reputation disputes, where the name (let alone real world location) of the defendant is frequently hard to establish without lengthy and costly applications to the Court
The judge approved the request to serve the person via LinkedIn, after it was shown that the LinkedIn account was active, the newspaper reported. LinkedIn shows if a message was read, which would show if a document was delivered.