UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Northern District of California
November 15, 2011
PATRICK COLLINS, INC.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Maria-Elena James Chief United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER STRIKING MOTION TO QUASH(IP ADDRESS 184.108.40.206) DISMISS
Docket No. 29
On November 14, 2011, an anonymous defendant noticed a motion to dismiss the complaint, which names only Doe defendants. The litigant identifies himself or herself only as "John Doe" at I.P. Address 220.127.116.11. Dkt. No. 29. Because John Doe has disclosed no identifying 15 information, there is no way to determine whether the motion was filed by a real party in interest or D 16 a stranger to the litigation. As such, the filing is improper. The Clerk of Court shall STRIKE Dkt. Nos. 29.
If John Doe wishes to appear in this action anonymously or otherwise, he or she must follow 19 the proper procedures for doing so. At a minimum, the Court and the parties must be informed of 20 the litigant's identity. If the litigant wishes to protect his or her identity from the public, the litigant 21 may use a pseudonym in public filings only after receiving permission for good cause shown. 22 Defendant is advised that the Ninth Circuit court of appeals allows the use of pseudonyms only in 23 the most unusual cases. See, e.g., Does I thru XXIII v. Advanced Textile Corp., 214 F.3d 1058, 24 1067--68 (9th Cir. 2000). 25
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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