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Q: definition of DOES 1 - 100 inclusive

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A: "Does", "John Doe" or "Jane Doe" are placeholder name used in legal actions for people whose true identity is unknown or must be withheld for legal reasons. "Does 1-100" being used in a particular case probably means that there are up to 100 additional parties (fictitious defendants) to the legal action that are not yet known.

See Wikipedia for more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Doe

and Nolo's Legal Dictionary:

John Doe: http://www.nolo.com/dictionary/john-doe-term.html

Jane Doe: http://www.nolo.com/dictionary/jane-doe-term.html

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