Senate Builds Support For Lowering Civil Pleading Bar

Law360, New York (December 2, 2009, 3:45 PM EST) -- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Wednesday vowed to pass legislation reversing two recent Supreme Court rulings raising the civil pleading standard, saying the pair of narrow decisions are effectively closing citizens out of courthouses and undermining Congress.

During a Senate Judiciary hearing examining the Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, handed down in May, Leahy blasted the high court for pushing through ground-shifting changes in the federal pleading standard by narrow margins, saying that...
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