(a) Upon the filing of the complaint, the government shall forthwith deliver to the clerk of the court joint or several notices directed to the defendants named or designated in the complaint. Additional notices directed to defendants subsequently added shall also be so delivered.
(b) The delivery of the notice and its service have the same effect as the delivery and service of a summons under Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of the United States of America.
(c) Each notice shall state the court, the title of the action, the name of the defendant to whom it is directed, that the action is to condemn property sufficient for its identification, the interest to be taken, the authority for the taking, the uses for which the property is to be taken, that the defendant may serve upon the Attorney General an answer within 20 days after service of the notice, and that the failure to so serve an answer constitutes a consent to the taking and to the authority of the court to hear the action and to fix the compensation. The notice shall conclude with the address of the Attorney General where he may be served. The notice need contain a description of no other property than that to be taken from the defendants to whom it is directed.History: 1962, PL 7-25; 1967, PL 10-25.