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

New York Law Journal, December 2012

10 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013 Last revised: 8 Feb 2013

Michael E. Rosman

Center for Individual Rights

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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

Michael E. Rosman (Contact Author)

Center for Individual Rights ( email )

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Washington, DC 20036
United States

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