Reversing a lower court’s denial of attorney’s fees to a Connecticut special education student who settled claims against a school district, a federal appeals panel on Monday clarified the standards for determining when such plaintiffs are entitled to fees as a “prevailing party.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ruling in G.M. v. New Britain Board of Education, 98-7636, remanded the case of a New Britain student, identified as G.M., for a determination of the fees and costs to which he is entitled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).