Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard

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Practical Rhetoric – Pleading & Plausibility

There’s lots of recent scholarship complaining about how pleading standards have gotten too stringent. Professor Anne Ralph of Ohio State University Law School believes she’s found a solution. In her article in the Yale...more

Patience Please: Rhode Island Supreme Court Reminds Litigants It Has Not Yet Adopted Iqbal And Twombly

In 2007, the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007), significantly modified the standard of review applied to motions to dismiss in federal courts. A few years later, in 2009,...more

Divided Fourth Circuit Panel Slices Up Twombly in Table Saw Boycott Suit

Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit issued a significant decision in a boycott conspiracy case, SD3, LLC v. Black & Decker, No. 14-1746 (4th Cir. Sept. 15, 2015). The suit, at its heart, turns on the...more

Michigan Federal Court Dismisses TCPA Complaint and Rejects Plaintiff’s Conclusory ATDS Allegations

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan recently dismissed a TCPA complaint upon finding the plaintiff’s factual allegations insufficient to satisfy the pleading standards imposed by both Rule 8(a) and...more

Second Circuit Refines Title VII Pleading Standard

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently remanded a former employee’s racial discrimination lawsuit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Littlejohn v. City of New York, No. 14-1395 (August 3, 2015),...more

Ninth Circuit Shreds Guitar Price-Fixing Action

In a humbucker of a decision issued August 25, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a price-fixing case brought against five guitar and amplifier makers, their industry trade association, and retailer...more

Direct Infringement Motion to Dismiss Under Form 18 Granted - Addiction and Detoxification Institute LLC v. Carpenter et al.

Addressing pleading requirements for direct and indirect infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s determination that although pre-filing notice is not required to bring suit...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Title VII Claims

A Second Circuit panel recently revived a former employee’s racial discrimination suit against New York City, reversing in part the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of her case. In Littlejohn v. City of New York,...more

Elimination of Rule 84 and Form 18 Could Increase Pleading Standards in Patent Cases

In an order issued in late April of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, adopted changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that were approved in September by the Judicial Conference of the United States....more

Knowledge Is Key to These Pleadings

Order Regarding Motions to Dismiss, CAP Co., Ltd. v. McAfee, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-05068, CAP Co., Ltd. v. Symantec Corp., 14-cv-05071 (Judge James Donato) - Further highlighting the inconsistent treatment of Seagate...more

District Court Says TCPA Plaintiffs Are Not Required To Plead Their Phone Numbers; Allows Plaintiff’s Negligence Claim Premised On...

The District of South Carolina recently rejected the argument that TCPA claims must be dismissed if a plaintiff does not specify the telephone number that was allegedly called. See Williams v. Bank of America, No. 14-4809-RBH...more

Plaintiff Survives Motion To Dismiss Provided Complaint Is Amended To Include Record Generated Through Motion Practice

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motions to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim are denied. Claim 1 is a method claim and the accused network congestion management practices are used by defendants internally. The...more

No Suit For You! Changes to Patent Pleading Standard Issued By the U.S. Supreme Court Require More Than Bare Bones Pleading

In late April, the U.S. Supreme Court adopted changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which have significant implications for patent plaintiffs. In an April 29, 2015 order, the high court approved, without comment,...more

Does the Supreme Court’s latest move further obviate patent reform efforts?

One of the key components of patent reform has been increased disclosure requirements for patent complaints. Patent infringement defendants have long derided the sparsity of information provided by patent infringement...more

Law Review Articles That Caught Our Eye

Maybe our motto here at DDLaw should be “we read law review articles so you don’t have to.” Here are a couple of recent ones that looked interesting to us....more

Iqbal Pleading Standard Does Not Apply to Fraudulent Joinder Analysis on Motion to Remand

In Overholt v. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell was faced with determining whether a defendant was added to the plaintiffs' state court complaint in a fraudulent effort to defeat federal diversity...more

Plausibly Alleging Non-monetary Settlements as Reverse Payments After Actavis

In In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation, No. 12 Civ. 2389 (D.N.J.), U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan has confirmed his prior ruling that under the Supreme Court’s decisions in Twombly, Iqbal, and FTC v. Actavis, Inc., 133...more

FLSA Claims Were Properly Dismissed At Pleadings Stage

Greg Landers, who was employed as a cable services installer, brought suit individually and on behalf of other similarly situated persons, alleging that Quality failed to pay him and the other employees minimum and overtime...more

TwIqbal is Good. Leave to Amend? Not So Much

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. Okay, fine. We are not Charles Dickens, but we have often commented on courts applying TwIqbal’s more exacting...more

Florida Federal Court Grants Rule 12(b)(6) Motion For Failure To Satisfy Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard In TCPA Case

In a TCPA action involving allegedly unsolicited cellular telephone calls made using an automated telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), the Middle District of Florida ruled that plaintiff had merely recited the elements for a...more

The Ninth Circuit Raises Pleading Standards for FLSA Plaintiffs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes pleading Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations more difficult by applying the heightened standard in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), and Ashcroft...more

Ninth Circuit Rules That Twombly Standard of Specificity Applies to FLSA Pleadings

On November 12, 2014, in Greg Landers v. Quality Communications Inc., the Ninth Circuit clarified a previously unsettled point of law by confirming that Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pleadings must meet the specificity...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Majority Trend and Requires FLSA Plaintiffs to Meet Plausibility Standard

On November 12, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined the First, Second, and Third Circuits in holding that a plaintiff cannot state a plausible claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by merely...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Limits of Twombly/lqbal

Rejecting the "punctiliously stated 'theory of pleading'" applied by the district court and the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court in Johnson v. City of Shelby, Mississippi, ___ S.Ct. ___, 2014 WL 5798626 (2014), held that...more

Northern District of Illinois Applies Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard to Affirmative Defenses in TCPA Case

In a TCPA action involving allegedly unsolicited fax advertisements, the Northern District of Illinois applied the plausibility standard articulated in Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) and Ashcroft v. Iqbal,...more

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