The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision Tuesday regarding a plaintiff’s ability to use a pseudonym when filing a complaint. 

Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote the opinion, in which Chief Judge Roger Gregory and Judge Julius N. Richardson joined and unanimously affirmed that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia possessed both the statutory and constitutional authority to resolve a plaintiff’s complaint regarding sexual assault and harassment despite her using a pseudonym when initially filing.