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The Little SCOTUS Decision That Could…Block Civil Claims

Publication Date: 
July 21, 2009
Lawyers USA - DC Dicta blog
Kimberly Atkins

Professor Jeffrey Fisher and Lecturer Tom Goldstein are noted in this DC Dicta blog post on Ashcroft v. Iqbal:

While most civil litigators were focused on Supreme Court rulings such as Wyeth v. Levine and Altria Group v. Good last term, another less-noticed ruling by the high court has become the bane of many plaintiffs’ attorneys.

More than 500 times in just the last two, trial courts have cited the case Ashcroft v. Iqbal, a Sept. 11-related opinion that quietly toughened civil pleading standards.

Earlier this month Supreme Court experts Tom Goldstein of Akin Gump and Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic’s Jeffrey Fisher told Lawyers USA that it was the most significant case of the term for trial attorneys. Now other experts, speaking to The New York Times, agree.