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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night, nor Michael Jackson shall keep the U.S. Postal Service from its appointed rounds.

That's what lawyer Thomas Wampold reasoned after trying to serve a summons and other court papers on Jackson. Wampold filed a class-action suit that alleges Jackson was not sick, as he said he was, when he canceled three concerts in Tacoma in 1988, and he therefore committed a breach of contract with 72,000 fans.

The suit also names Ticketmaster Corp., which withheld service fees from refunds on tickets for the canceled October and November 1988 concerts.

Wampold had no luck trying to reach Jackson's attorney in Los Angeles, so he sent a process server to Jackson's residence.

But process server Mark Hamilton was turned away repeatedly by guards at Jackson's Encino and Malibu homes. At Encino, Hamilton was first told Jackson didn't live there and then was told he was out of town and wouldn't be back for several weeks.

Wampold finally asked King County Judge Marsha Pechman for an order allowing him to give Jackson legal notice of the case by first-class certified mail. The judge granted the request.

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