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Affirmative Defenses and Rule 12(b)(6): A Plain Meaning Interpretation

Michael E. Rosman

Center for Individual Rights


New York Law Journal, December 2012

This article contends that the courts have mistakenly permitted defendants to assert affirmative defenses in pre-answer motions pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6). A straightforward reading of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure demonstrates that the rules do not contemplate such motions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Dispositive Motions, Affirmative Defenses, 12(b)(6)

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Date posted: January 24, 2013 ; Last revised: February 8, 2013

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Rosman, Michael E., Affirmative Defenses and Rule 12(b)(6): A Plain Meaning Interpretation (2012). New York Law Journal, December 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2206027

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Michael E. Rosman (Contact Author)
Center for Individual Rights ( email )
1233 20th Street, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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