courts and procedure

Acceptance of Service


Agreement by the defendant (or the defendant's attorney) to accept papers or a complaint without having the papers served by a process server or a sheriff.  Acceptance of service is accomplished by signing a "receipt and acknowledgment of acceptance of service" (or similarly titled instrument).  This satisfies the notice requirement of due process.



To formally annul or repeal a law through an act of the legislature, constitutional authority, or custom.  In contract and insurance law, it is to rescind or terminate a contract.  In constitutional law, the abrogation doctrine refers to the power of Congress to revoke a state's sovereign immunity and authorize suits against that state.



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