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Should I sue USPS in the Federal Court first before their administrative claim?

Palo Alto, CA |

I subpoenaed US Postal Service (USPS) via Small Claims Court in California in order to obtain my defendant's contact information. However, USPS told me "I must have a Federal Court order signed by a judge assigened to the Federal Court. Small Claims Court is not a Federal Court. Therefore I have not met the requirement to permit USPS to release the defendant's contact information."

Thank you in advance.

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No. Suing an arm of the federal government in order to find out info to enable service for a small claims action is a futile act. It will be faster and cheaper to hire a private investigator who is skilled in data searches to find out the info you want. Or you might try some intensive data research yourself. Take a look at the 2-volume publication "Find Info Like a Pro" by Levitt and Rosch.

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No, that is not going to work.

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