Tag Archives: Fictitious Names Statutes

A Split Decision on Filing Under a Fictitious Name

In its other opinion this morning, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in Santiago v. E. W. Bliss Co. [pdf] Santiago is a products liability case (see here for our preview of the opinion). Plaintiff Rogasciano Santiago allegedly entered the United States illegally in 1993, coming to Chicago. After working at two jobs under his true … Continue Reading

When a Plaintiff Sues Under a Pen Name

  Of course, stage names are commonplace in Hollywood. Pen names are relatively common among authors as well. But can you sue under a pen name? Well – only for a very good reason. Nearly all states have a “fictitious names” statute. In Illinois, the statute is 735 ILCS 5/2-401, and it says that unless a party name is … Continue Reading