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The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide that service of process upon an individual may be made 'by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an agent authorized by appointment . . . to receive service of process.' 


Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d) provides, in pertinent part: '(d) SUMMONS: PERSONAL SERVICE. The summons and complaint shall be served together. The plaintiff shall furnish the person making service with such copies as are necessary. Service shall be made as follows:' '(1) Upon an individual other than an infant or an incompetent person, by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to him personally or by leaving copies thereof at his dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein or by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process.'  


Thus a party to a private contract may appoint an agent to receive service of process within the meaning of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d)(1), even where the agent is not personally ...

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