Plaintiff’s Anonymity Denied in Civil Rights Suit

August 10, 2010 – In The News
The Legal Intelligencer

Recently, more and more cases have addressed the issue of whether a plaintiff should be allowed to sue anonymously as a Jane or John Doe.

In the case of Doe V. Megless, a Montgomery County man claims he was falsely accused and branded a pedophile, and has filed a civil rights suit.

Attorneys for the school district defendants, Scott Badami and Bonnie Young, argued that if a victim of sexual harassment must face his or her attacker, then the plaintiff must be required to do the same when making allegations in an open courtroom.

The judge ruled in favor, stating the plaintiff must sue under his or her own name.