I used it once in trial court and cited this case. Warner Bros. Records v. Golden West Music Sales, 36 Cal. App. 3d 1012
It was kind of a stretch, but it worked. In my case this woman abandoned her property, but did put it into a living trust after six months of searching for her, I filed the lawsuit, and served the attorney that assisted her with forming the living trust who also could not find her. The Judge did not want to notice by publication, and said service on that attorney and recording a Lis Pendens was sufficient.