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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_defendants

A fictitious defendant is a person that cannot be identified by the plaintiff before a lawsuit is ... The identity of the treating physician is unknown to the plaintiff despite the plaintiff's best efforts to identify the doctor. Once the originating pleading is ...

richardharrislaw.com/john-doe-defendant-how-to-sue-an-unknown-person

Jul 8, 2015 ... Many people don't know how to name all of the responsible parties in a lawsuit when they do not know who they are. Fortunately, there is a way ...

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fictitious defendants. n. when a party suing (plaintiff) is not sure if he/she knows if there are unknown persons involved in the incident or the business being sued, ...

scholars.law.unlv.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1638&context=nlj

to add names of officials whose names were unknown). 2. See, e.g. ... sues, a number of questions as to changes in party defendants remain, which this article  ...

www.calbizlit.com/cal_biz_lit/2009/12/suing-the-unknown-defendant-how-the-doe-device-works.html

Dec 14, 2009 ... Suing The Unknown Defendant: How The Doe Device Works. Here's what got this post started: I'm a big fan of Beck and Hermann's Drug ...

www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/nyregion/unidentified-defendants-have-bedeviled-courts-for-decades.html

Jul 14, 2013 ... The court designation for “First name unknown, Last name ... “Fnu Lnu is a stand- in; he's the missing man; he's the defendant you know exists ...

www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2002/jul/15/pro-se-tips-and-tactics-unknown-defendant-identities

Jul 15, 2002 ... A recent Supreme Court case highlights a problem some prisoners face in finding the exact identities of defendants in civil rights cases.

ecollections.law.fiu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1071&context=faculty_publications

Nov 11, 2014 ... federal district court naming as defendants Baker County and Sheriff's ..... the unique problem of unknown defendants in § 1983 actions ( ...

blogs.findlaw.com/injured/2014/10/dont-know-who-injured-you-can-you-still-sue.html

Oct 17, 2014 ... But in many states, the courts will allow a suit to proceed against “John Doe” or “ Jane Doe” when the defendant or defendants are unknown.