Bloomberg Reports: Tougher Standards for Filing Lawsuits Makes it Harder to Bring Employee and Investor Lawsuits


Wall Street Banks Benefit From Tougher Suit Standards in U.S.
By Thom Weidlich – Sep 8, 2010
This Bloomberg article should be read in full at the above link. It describes how all knids of lawsuits will be tougher to pursue in federal court with stricter standards for setting forth facts in order to even proceed with a lawsuit. The article states in part:

Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions making it tougher to pursue lawsuits may have begun to bear fruit for corporations fighting investor claims or employee litigation.

Where once it was enough to give a defendant “fair notice” of a claim and the grounds on which it rested, the high court’s 2007 holding in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly required an antitrust complaint to contain enough facts to show a claim that is “plausible on its face.” Two years later, in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the court applied Twombly to all federal civil suits.

The Supreme Court rulings mean that someone who wants to sue in federal court “should not subject a defendant to the costs and burdens of litigation when there is no plausible basis for their claims,” Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, said in an e-mail.

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