Guy Montag Doe:

It turns out that the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the San Francisco public housing gun ban bears the pseudonym Guy Montag Doe, obviously a reference to the protagonist in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Pretty amusing, though not quite as apt as if this were a lawsuit challenging the destruction of books.

This makes me wonder: What other rhetorical pseudonyms have there been in litigation? I set aside otherwise amusing pseudonyms, such as William Woe and Xerxes Xoe, and want to focus on the ones chosen for their rhetorical force.

Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon.

It's a little-known fact that her name was a pseudonym used for litigation. Her real name was "Lucy, Lady Fudd Gordon."
12.18.2008 2:52pm
Not a pseudonym, but I've always been amused by Bowers v Hardwick.
12.18.2008 3:00pm
A Law Dawg:
He's protesting a gun ban? He should go the distance and file as Bernie Goetz Doe.
12.18.2008 3:25pm
Big favorite of mine:
United States v. Vampire Nation,451 F.3d 189 (3d Cir.2006)
(Mr. Nation is a person. I don't imagine the pseudonym was chosen for litigation, though, as he was a defendant in a criminal case.)
12.18.2008 3:36pm
arbitraryaardvark (mail) (www):
I was counsel in Anonymous v Delaware (Del.Ch. 2001), a case about anonymous political speech.
12.18.2008 3:52pm
arbitraryaardvark (mail) (www):
I once met a guy named James Madison who agreed to be a plaintiff in one of my anonymous speech cases, but we never got around to filing it.
12.18.2008 3:54pm
Our office receives frequent lawsuits from someone named "George Washington America." I think that's his legal name. My wife's office also had to deal with him. And there's a 7th Circuit case entitled "Abraham Lincoln v. United States." Again, a real name.
12.18.2008 4:06pm
Houston Lawyer:
I always wanted to use the name Disappearing Inc. for a triangular merger. I don't believe the name is available.
12.18.2008 4:11pm
Dave N (mail):

Not as good for a real name in a case as Loving v. Virginia--Richard and Mildred Loving, to be exact.
12.18.2008 4:13pm
MCM (mail):
Some guy tried to file suit on behalf of the whales and dolphins of the world and filed as "Cetacean Community".

[blockquote]We are asked to decide whether the world's cetaceans have standing to bring suit in their own name under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Environmental Protection Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. We hold that cetaceans do not have standing under these statutes.[/blockquote]

Cetacean Community v. Bush, 386 F.3d 1169
(9th Cir. 2004)
12.18.2008 5:59pm
Mike 'Ralph' Smith:
You all are missing my all time favorite, United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (1971), where the court eventually dismissed for failure to include instructions for service of process. Of course, we're getting away from rhetorical pseudonyms since he was really suing the Satan.
12.18.2008 6:54pm
MGoBlue (mail):
Pete Moss v. Rocky Stone
12.18.2008 7:37pm
Bill Dyer (mail) (www):
Wasn't rhetorical at all, but my favorite all-time case name was from an injunction lawsuit I filed on behalf of a famous rock band playing at the Astrodome, seeking permission for off-duty cops acting as court deputies to seize counterfeit t-shirts and posters being sold outside:

The Who v. John Doe.

(The TRO was granted, by the way, by then-state district judge, later Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips.)
12.18.2008 8:56pm
Bill Dyer: that is excellent. Though more generally, bootlegs FTW.
12.19.2008 2:57am
micdeniro (mail):
To amplify on what "Guest" wrote above, I always thought that both Hardwick and Bowers, of Bowers v. Hardwick, the case where SCOTUS declined to legalize sodomy between consenting males before it did so in Lawrence v. Texas, both had to be pseudonyms.

Another guest
12.19.2008 1:01pm
Bill Dyer (mail) (www):
The off-duty cops in fact seized several dozen bales of knock-off t-shirts, all manufactured in third-world countries. To our surprise, none of the "John Does" served with the peel-off show-cause orders appeared for the hearing to contest the forfeiture of their merchandise. With Judge Phillips' consent, it was donated to Houston orphanages. Rock on!
12.19.2008 8:50pm
SFBurke (mail):
@Houston Lawyer: I actually did a triangular merger with "Instantly Disappearing Corp.". So just try a little creativity.
12.21.2008 9:52pm

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