A misspelling of your last name would not in itself be a basis to request dismissal of a lawsuit. However, if you were never served with the summons and complaint, you (or your attorney) can make a motion to set aside the default and to vacate the default judgment pursuant to Code of civil Procedure section 473.5.
Once you get the default set aside, you will have the opportunity to defend the claims, including raising "accord and satisfaction", "novation", "unclean hands" , "statute of frauds" and other possible affirmative defenses.
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The misspelling does not allow a dismissal. If a judgment was entered than the complaint was served on you either personally or by Court ordered substituted service. You need to pull the Court file and see how you were served. If there is something incorrect about the service, you need to immediately hire an attorney and file a motion to set aside the default judgment. You need to show with affidavit that the service was incorrect and that you have a meritorious defense to the lawsuit. The more time that passes now the harder it is to set the judgment aside. Get a lawyer. Good luck.
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The dismissal of the DOES and ROES would not give you a basis for dismissal. Had the issue been caught during the litigation, the solution was not to name you as a DOE or ROE, but to do an amendment to the complaint. This amendment process can occur even post-trial.
Continue with the motion to set aside default. That is the proper approach for your situation.
Good luck to you.
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