A court in Virginia has approved the use of a single QR code as a summons in a mortgage foreclosure case, ruling that the defendant in the case had proper notice and thus was in default by not answering or responding to the summons. A QR code, which resembles a barcode found on most retail items but has additional information typically linked to a web site, has been used sporadically in print media but otherwise has not taken off in other media channels, until now.
In the case, Peter R. Casso, an electronic process server based in Roanoke, served a business card on a defendant that contained the QR code and nothing else. According to the defendant, he asked Casso what the card meant, to which Casso replied, “you figure it out, pal.” Collections attorneys are now heralding the development, saying it will bring needed efficiency to the processing of debt collection and mortgage foreclosure cases. “It’s like robosigning without the robot and no need for signing,” said one attorney, who declined to be identified.
Virginia attorneys are also scrambling to learn how to create a summons using a QR Code, and a new cottage industry around the technology is quickly developing, with social media consultants pouring into new “QR Code” ventures, eager to make more money in the legal profession.
“It’s, like, everywhere I turn there’s someone telling me the ten tips of good QR codes or the five key considerations for using QR codes,” said business law attorney Sheila J. Jacobsen, who plans to dabble in the codes as part of her practice.