What are my rights when a subpeona server divulges information to my neighbor?
My husband and I are preparing to file bankruptcy, we are trying to get the money needed to file. One of our creditors, has tried to serve me a subpoena while I was at work. I know this because the server spoke to my neighbor. The server identified himself as a detective with the Sheriff's office. He told my neighbor I had done something against my creditor. Is this legal for him to disclose anything to my neighbor?
Yes, unfortunately it is legal to divulge information, such as the server's affiliation with or employment by the Sheriff's office, that he is trying to serve you, or that such-and-such person has a cause of action against you. (Remember: filings for court or legal actions are generally public record.) What the server cannot due is defame you, which is to say the process server cannot publically make false statements of material fact that put you in a bad light. However, true statements of information, especially information that will part of the public record, is permissible. There is not any particular right to prevent other people from finding out about legal actions one is engaged in.