Appellate Advisory: U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Pleading Standard for Federal Civil Lawsuits in Ashcroft v. Iqbal

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In its May 18, 2009 decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the United States Supreme Court recently announced an important clarification and amplification of the standard for reviewing a plaintiff's allegations when a defendant has moved to dismiss a lawsuit for failure to state a legal claim. The decision has far-reaching implications for any plaintiff or defendant in a civil lawsuit in federal court, because it affects the degree of factual particularity that a plaintiff must allege in a complaint, as well as whether or not a defendant can dispose of a suit early in the litigation process, without engaging in costly and time-consuming document discovery and depositions.

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