ATM Patent Suit Against First Niagara To Proceed

Law360 (February 14, 2011, 3:01 PM EST) -- A federal judge has determined that infringement allegations under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure trump the high pleading standards required under Twombly and Iqbal, forcing First Niagara Financial Group Inc. to face Automated Transactions LLC's ATM patent claims.

On Friday, Judge Richard Arcara of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York agreed with a magistrate judge, holding that Automated's complaint alleging infringement of four ATM patents was sufficient, even though the allegations against First Niagara has fell short of the specificity invoked in the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases.

The Supreme Court in Twombly ruled that...

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