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My recent RoeChild post reminded me of this item that I discovered about 12 years ago, and blogged about two years ago:

MEET XERXES XOE: Most people are familiar with habitual litigant John Doe; I'm told that he's the grandson of the noted author Anon. Richard Roe is pretty common, too. Paul and Paula Poe occasionally make an appearance, for instance in Poe v. Ullman, the 1961 case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on contraceptives. (That case was dismissed on procedural grounds, though the issue reappeared in the Court in the famous 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut case.)

Less well known, though, are their cousins, who are listed in the caption of Friedman v. Ferguson, 850 F.2d 689, 1988 WL 68404 (4th Cir.). Here's the whole thing:

Wilbur H. FRIEDMAN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Thomas B. FERGUSON, Director, Department of Animal Control, a state actor, in his official and individual capacities; Brett Boe; Carla Coe; Donna Doe; Frank Foe; Grace Goe; Harry Hoe; State Actors, Advisors To Defendant Ferguson, In Their Official and Individual Capacities (identities currently unknown); Marta Moe; Norma Noe; Paula Poe; Ralph Roe; Sammy Soe; Tommy Toe; Private Individuals Who Conspired With the Foregoing State Actors (identities currently unknown); Roger W. Galvin, Chairman, Animal Matters Hearing Board; Vince Voe; William Woe; Xerxes Xoe; Members of the Animal Matters Hearing Board, State Actors, In Their Official and Individual Capacities (identities currently unknown), Defendants-Appellees

As you may have guessed from this post's title, Xerxes Xoe is my favorite, though Tommy Toe and William Woe are pretty good, too. Keep them in mind for your next frivolous lawsuit. (For the serious ones, John Doe #1-50 tends to be seen as a titch more respectable.)

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Glenn W Bowen (mail):
I don't know, "Harry Hoe" has a ring to it:)
9.16.2005 8:52pm
Adam Kronfeld (mail):
I would think "Harriet Hoe" would make more sense...
9.16.2005 9:53pm
Glenn W Bowen (mail):
Adam, be thankful you're not as far down in the gutter as I am.
9.16.2005 10:19pm
LiquidLatex (mail):
Private Individuals Who Conspired With the Foregoing State Actors (identities currently unknown)

Wouldn't this be just a bit prejudicious? Especially in a complex case such as the recently blogging Vioxx case where some or all the jury made references to how "hard it was to understand all the evidence."

Is there a naming convention?
9.16.2005 10:47pm
Y'know, I thought you couldn't sue someone as an individual for their official actions?
9.17.2005 10:46am
Jay C (mail):
And what happened to Jack Joe, Kathy Koe, Larry Loe, Quint Quoe and Zoƫ Zoe?
Was it just an oversight, or did the above not qualify as co-defendants?
9.17.2005 12:32pm
Bill Dyer (mail) (www):
Best-named lawsuit I've ever filed:

The Who v. John Doe et al.

I'm not making that up. You can ask the Hon. Thomas R. Phillips, later and until recently Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, who was the trial judge who gave me my TRO allowing the off-duty cops we'd hired to serve and seize the contraband merchandise of the intellectual-property infringing t-shirt and poster sellers outside the grounds of the Astrodome, where my client "The Who" was playing.
9.17.2005 8:29pm
Glenn W Bowen (mail):
Bill, that was a really long sentence you wrote up there.
9.17.2005 8:44pm
Jay C. -- nice catch on Zoe Zoe. Where was Ione Ioe?
9.17.2005 9:16pm
Bill Dyer (mail) (www):
Glenn: Indeed!
9.18.2005 4:57pm
Brian Westley (mail) (www):
...Quint Quoe...

I'd vote for Quid Pro Quo...
9.18.2005 4:57pm
yclipse (mail):
Harry Hoe's wife is not Harriet. She's named Heidi.
9.18.2005 5:49pm
Bill Twist:
You know, it's kind of funny when you talk about it in this sense, but it can be heartbreaking. My wife and I just adopted a baby who was left at a hospital hours after his birth, and he was legally known as 'Boy Doe' for the eighteen and a half months it took to adopt him. Obviously, we didn't call him that, but it can be quite interesting to deal with people. We even had a pharmacist accuse us of committing fraud, because they couldn't understand a child not having a legal name.
9.19.2005 10:00am
For another example of unconventional "John Doe" practice, see Babigian v. Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 744 F. Supp. 47 (S.D.N.Y. 1990), or 144 F.R.D. 30 (S.D.N.Y. 1992).
9.19.2005 10:38am