Ripple Effects: The Unintended Change to Jurisdictional Pleading Standards after Iqbal
48 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2012 Last revised: 11 Feb 2013
Date Written: January 21, 2012
In 2007 and 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court altered the requirements for adequate statement of a legal claim in the filing of lawsuits. Unwittingly, it also changed the way lower courts evaluated their own grounds for jurisdiction. The error propagates rapidly and will be difficult to eradicate without further guidance from the Supreme Court.
Keywords: civil procedure, pleading standards, jurisdiction, Supreme Court
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