Doe et al v. Vazquez et al

Filing 6

ORDER re 4 Certificate of interested persons and corporate disclosure statement filed by John Doe, Jane Doe. Response due on or before 4/13/2007. Signed by Judge Karla R. Spaulding on 3/26/2007. (SJB, )

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Doe et al v. Vazquez et al Doc. 6 Case 6:07-cv-00327-JA-KRS Document 6 Filed 03/26/2007 Page 1 of 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA O RLANDO DIVISION JANE DOE, THE FICTITIOUS NAME OF A NATURAL FEMALE, JOHN DOE, HER HUSBAND, Plaintiffs, -vsEFREN VAZQUEZ, CITY OF EDGEWATER, FLORIDA, Defendants. ______________________________________ Case No. 6:07-cv-327-Orl-28KRS OR D E R This cause came on for consideration by the Court sua sponte. The plaintiffs have not revealed their identities in the complaint. They indicate in their Certificate of Interested Persons and Corporate Disclosure Statement that they wish to remain anonymous. Doc. No. 4. "Generally, parties to a lawsuit must identify themselves in their respective pleadings." Doe v. Frank, 951 F.2d 320, 322 (11th Cir. 1992). A plaintiff may proceed anonymously only when he has "a substantial privacy right which outweighs the `customary and constitutionally-embedded presumption of openness in judicial proceedings.'" Id. at 323 (quoting Doe v. Stegall, 653 F.2d 180, 186 (5th Cir. Unit A Aug. 1981)). Accordingly, it is ORDERED that, on or before April 13, 2007, the plaintiffs shall either (1) file an amended complaint and amended certificate of interested persons in which they identify themselves by name, or (2) file a motion to proceed anonymously supported by a factual and legal showing that a substantial privacy right outweighs the presumption of openness in judicial Case 6:07-cv-00327-JA-KRS Document 6 Filed 03/26/2007 Page 2 of 2 proceedings. If plaintiffs file a motion seeking to proceed anonymously, it is further ORDERED that they shall, on or before April 13, 2007, file under seal a notice containing their names so that the judges assigned to this case may determine if they have any conflicts requiring their recusal from the case. DONE and ORDERED in Orlando, Florida on March 26, 2007. Karla R. Spaulding KARLA R. SPAULDING UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Copies furnished to: Counsel of Record Unrepresented Parties -2-

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