John Doe

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John Doe

n. 1) a fictitious name used for a possible male defendant who is unknown at the time a complaint is filed to start a lawsuit. 2) the temporary fictitious name given to an unidentified hospitalized or dead man. (See: fictitious defendants, Jane Doe)

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Several years ago, the IRS started its successful takedown of secret Swiss banking with the use of a John Doe summons.
In December 2016, the IRS issued a John Doe summons to Coinbase, effectively seeking the account information for all of its U.S.
You'll find more prescience in a superficially similar movie that winds up in a very different place : Meet John Doe, a 1941 film directed by Frank Capra and written by Robert Riskin.
Desperate to create some buzz and keep her job, she makes up a letter from "John Doe," an unemployed man who says he's going to protest the state of the world by jumping from the roof of city hall.
precariously balanced on a single procedural tool: the John Doe subpoena.
a consistent nationwide standard for John Doe subpoenas will ensure
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the "John Doe" reports have been blown out of proportion by bloggers and right-wing activists.
If the John Does don't comply they are then sued, this time under their real names.
It filed law suits against this many people last week, all called John Doe on the charge sheet but identified by their internet protocol address.
The California John Doe claims this hospital rejected him from a rehabilitation program because of his seropositvity.
There has, however, been no legal challenge to the Justice Department's opinion that asymptomatic seropositivity, as in the John Doe cases, is outside the ambit of the Civil rights laws.