What does "DOES 1-50" mean?

Does that mean someone is suing multiple defendants?

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  • 3 years ago
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    You see that quite often is foreclosure action. The plaintiff issues a summons to the property owner and John and/or Jane Doe, unknown tenants. It's a CMA way to include all possible defendants.

  • 3 years ago

    Depends on the context. Yes, if somebody is suing multiple defendants, but does not know their names yet. But 50 seems excessive?

  • WRG
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    3 years ago

    When plaintiff's lawyers draft complaints, in addition to naming the defendants whose identities are known, they also name DOE defendants (DOES 1-50 means the lawyer is naming 50 fictitious defendants by the name of DOE).

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