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I received an email today that referenced the U.S. “Domestic Mail Manual” (“DMM). I have a physical copy of that manual because a number of intelligent people believe that use of the mail–and especially things like Zip Codes–can be used as evidence that you are a “person” doing business or otherwise transacting in the territory of “this state”. The people that I know of who’ve studied the “mail” issue rely on an astute reading of the DMM to extricate themselves from liability to the national government.
I haven’t studied that issue, but I understand that the word “domestic” probably implicates the singular “United States” and its territories and may therefore be hazardous to our health.
So, in yet another instance of Why-Didn’t-I-Think-Of-This-Sooner? (like ten or fifteen years ago), when I saw today’s reference to the “Domestic Mail Manual,” it occurred to me that using the Domestic Mail Manual as a legal authority to escape the venue of “this state”–which I suspect may also be described as the “domestic to the United States” venue–might be self-defeating.
I.e, if “this state” is synonymous with the plane/venue of the “domestic” United States, what are the odds that the Domestic Mail Manual will help you to evade the “domestic” venue? Not too high, I’d bet.
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