Labour MP Andrew Little is critical of the way he was served papers on behalf of ACC Minister Judith Collins who is suing him and fellow MP Trevor Mallard.
Mr Little says a man emerged from the darkness on Monday night, shone a torch in his eyes and served him the papers as he got out of a taxi at his house.
Mr Little says the way the papers were served is typical of Judith Collins' approach.
He now has 25 days to file a statement of defence, but says he does not believe Ms Collins intends the matter to go to trial.
Trevor Mallard says he is yet to be served papers.