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I Have Federal Pleading All Figured Out

47 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2010  

Bradley Scott Shannon

Florida Coastal School of Law

Date Written: July 8, 2010


Actually (and to no one's surprise), I do not have federal pleading all figured out. But federal civil pleading is the topic of this draft article. The article considers various aspects of federal pleading under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and following the Supreme Court's decisions in Twombly and Iqbal in terms of what appear to be the three major types of pleading defects: factual insufficiency, legal insufficiency, and insufficiency of proof. The article also considers the problems posed by frivolous complaints and the divergence of federal and state pleading standards. Along the way, the article reaches a number of provocative and somewhat unconventional conclusions. I look forward to receiving your comments.

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Shannon, Bradley Scott, I Have Federal Pleading All Figured Out (July 8, 2010). Case Western Reserve Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

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