The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has set its standard for when a plaintiff may file a lawsuit anonymously.

The circuit on Aug. 12 reinstated a case that had been dismissed by a judge because a woman plaintiff who claimed sexual assault refused to release her true identity. In so ruling, the circuit answered two questions of first impression as it detailed both the test a lower court must employ in weighing a request for anonymity and the standard of review the circuit itself would employ on such a decision.

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