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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_defendants

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 issued , the plaintiff is usually required to work with all deliberate speed to determine the names of the fictitious defendants through discovery of the defendants it is aware of.

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 around this: naming a John Doe defendant. This article will help you understand what steps are done if one can't identify each defendant in your lawsuit.

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

(W.D.N.Y.1982) (defendants listed in the original complaint as “Five Troopers who partici- pated in the acts which are the subject of this action but whose names are unknown” held to have received constructive notice through the Attorney General, the same attorney represent- ing the named defendant police officer).

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

Dec 14, 2009 ... Here's what got this post started: I'm a big fan of Beck and Hermann's Drug & Device Law Blog, and have had it on CBL's list of approved blogs for years. Although they both practice in the world of big...

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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, there are named fictitious persons, usually designated Doe I, Doe II, and so forth, or "Green and Red Company," with an allegation in the complaint that if and ...

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

Oct 17, 2014 ... Sometimes when you are injured and your property is damaged, you may not know the identity of the culprit. But just because the person responsible is unknown doesn't mean you can't sue. The American legal system is actually set up to handle lawsuits where many (or all) of the defendants' identities are ...

pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/files/VPcomplaint.pdf

JOHN AND JANE DOES 1 THROUGH 100,. JOHN DOE CORPORATIONS 1 THROUGH 10, and. OTHER JOHN DOE ENTITIES 1 THROUGH 10, all whose true names are unknown,. Defendants. COMPLAINT. Plaintiff, Video Professor, Inc. ("VPI"), through counsel, for its complaint against. Defendants, states: 1. NATURE ...

revisionlegal.com/defamation-attorney/internet-defamation-who-do-i-sue-if-i-dont-know-who-defamed

Dec 28, 2015 ... Filing a Lawsuit with an Unknown Defendant. Luckily, there is still a simple way to bring a defamation lawsuit, even if you do not know who the defamer is. Step 1: File a “John Doe” Complaint. The legal system allows a plaintiff to bring what is called a “John Doe suit,” in which the plaintiff sues “John Doe” as ...

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. This column discusses this problem and some possible solutions. In most cases, you must sue individuals and not governmental or corporate entities : In Correctional ...