Ashcroft ruling adds hurdle for plaintiffs

U.S. Supreme Court decision in Iqbal could make it easier for defendants to dismiss civil complaints.

The National Law Journal

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday could make it significantly harder for plaintiffs in a broad range of cases to survive defendants' motions to dismiss, according to experts in civil procedure. "This is very bad for plaintiffs," said Alan Morrison, former head of Public Citizen Litigation Group, reacting to Monday's 5-4 decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal. The ruling dismissed a complaint filed by a Pakistani Muslim against former Attorney General John Ashcroft seeking to hold Ashcroft liable for policies that led to the roundup of aliens following Sept. 11, 2001.

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