High Court Widens Twombly Standard's Reach

Law360, New York (May 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that the heightened pleading standard it set forth in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly applies to all federal civil complaints, a decision that could have far-reaching effects not only in antitrust but in securities and many other areas of law as well.

The opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed against former Attorney General John Ashcroft by Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistanee Muslim who was arrested after Sept. 11 and allegedly abused, rejecting Iqbal's argument...
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