Specter Calls To Lower Civil Pleading Standard

Law360, New York (July 24, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., has introduced legislation that would undo the tougher civil pleading standards for plaintiffs adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2007 Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly decision, aiming to make it harder for defendants to get litigation tossed in its early stages.

Specter said the Notice Pleading Restoration Act, submitted to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, would restore the court's interpretation of notice-pleading language in Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as established in the Supreme Court's 1957...
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