Q: My husband has federal court coming up and on the court docket it has Plaintiff: USA Defendant: (a different name.
It has my husbands co-defendant)
My question is why is that like that?
A: It really depends where on the docket you are looking, but case captions are generally limited to one name. So you'll often see USA v. John Doe, et al. The et al. stands for everyone else. Some cases have lots of defendants and it would make things awfully cumbersome if they all had to be listed every time you wanted to refer to the case.
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