Ripple Effects: The Unintended Change to Jurisdictional Pleading Standards after Iqbal

48 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2012 Last revised: 11 Feb 2013

James E. von der Heydt

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Date Written: January 21, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

von der Heydt, James E., Ripple Effects: The Unintended Change to Jurisdictional Pleading Standards after Iqbal (January 21, 2012). Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1989432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1989432

James E. Von der Heydt (Contact Author)

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ( email )

2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States

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