What does "does 1 to 25" mean?

Asked over 1 year ago - Corona, CA

I am the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit and dont understand the Does 1 to 25 after my name mean

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  1. Michael Douglas Shafer

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    Answered . Consider them to be blanks saved for the addition of other defendants to be named later as a result of the discovery process.

  2. Malosack Berjis

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    Answered . "Does [which is plural for "Doe"] 1-25" simply refers to any defendants whom the plaintiff has yet to identify.

  3. Patrick John Phillips

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    Answered . That simply refers to culpable parties who have yet to be identified. Essentially, the plaintiff is "covering their bases" by naming these parties as "Does" now so they can go back and amend their complaint if they learn through the discovery process that someone else is also liable.

    This answer is a general interpretation of the law and is not fact specific to your case. Likewise it does not... more
  4. Steven Mark Sweat

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    Answered . These are unnamed defendants to preserve your right to name more people or entities as defendants if and when you discover their identity. Hopefully, you have an attorney and, if so, you should direct these questions to him or her.

    Nothing in this communication should be construed as creating an attorney client relationship. This is for... more
  5. S. David Rosenthal Esquire

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    Answered . "Does" are named in the complaint so that if the attorney discovers after the lawsuit is filed the name of someone who should be named as a party to the lawsuit , the doe can be replaced with the real name of the party. It has no real significance for you as a named defendant.

    Good luck.

  6. Jeffrey Mark Adams

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    Answered . Likely preserving the right to sue others; yet unnamed. John Doe fictitious.

    Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and... more
  7. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Defendants #1-25 not named.

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  8. Jeffrey David Wolf

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    Answered . These are the defendants the plaintiff does not yet know about. However, if the statute of limitations expires and it turns out the plaintiff did know about the defendant but failed to specifically name them in the lawsuit, the plaintiff may be barred from naming them even as a doe defendant.

  9. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

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    Answered . Defendant's not named yet.

    The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of... more

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