Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Decision of Interest: Twombly/Iqbal and Affirmative Defenses

Last week Judge Jerome B. Simandle (U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey) issued an opinion addressing whether the approach to pleading articulated by the Supreme Court in Twombly and Iqbal applies to the pleading of affirmative defenses. He concludes:

“This Court joins the two other Districts in this Circuit that have addressed this issue by holding that the heightened pleading standard of Twombly and Iqbal does not apply to affirmative defenses.”

The case is FTC v. Hope Now Modifications (No. 09-cv-1204), and the full opinion can be found on Justia and Pacer.

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