Friday, November 21, 2008

Prof. Ides Posts Civil Procedure Professors' Amicus Brief in Ashcroft v. Iqbal

Allan Ides (Loyola Los Angeles) has posted the amicus brief filed on behalf of a group of civil procedure professors in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, a case that may address the much discussed pleading standard that came out of Bell Atlantic, Corp. v. Twombly. Here is a summary of the brief prepared by Prof. Ides:

he decision of the Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly caused confusion among lower courts, the practicing bar and the academy regarding the current status of pleading standards under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2). The Court appears poised to respond to that confusion in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, a case that raises the question of heightened pleading standards in the specific context of a high government official's assertion of a qualified immunity defense. This amicus brief offers the Court an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to Rule 8(a)(2)'s short and plain statement standard and to the rulemaking process established under the Rules Enabling Act, without at the same time repudiating its opinion in Bell Atlantic. The brief also discusses the relationship between pleading standards and the qualified immunity defense, and attempts to demonstrate that assertion of that defense should not alter the long-established short and plain standards of Rule 8(a)(2).

The brief may be downloaded by visiting


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