Bill that would have permitted anonymous plaintiffs in civil cases signed by governor after being narrowed

Legislation that would have allowed plaintiffs in civil matters, as a default, to pursue their claim using a pseudonym unless the defendant objected was amended late in the legislative session to apply only in guardian ad litem cases.

Sponsored by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, AB 2185 by Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would require a court to use the factors for closing court proceedings established in NBC Subsidiary v. Superior Court to determine whether a plaintiff’s petition for anonymity should be granted.

CNPA as well as the California Judges Association opposed the measure until the amendments were negotiated with the proponents and the author’s office.

The bill goes into effect on January 1.