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Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
Ashcroft v. Iqbal
Citation:556 U.S. 662 (2009)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
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Plaintiff was arrested and detained during the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Plaintiff sued Defendants in district court, claiming that the conditions of the custody violated the First and Fifth Amendments. The complaint accused Defendant Ashcroft of being the “principal architect” and Defendant Mueller of being “instrumental” in the implementation of a discriminatory policy of confining individuals in harsh conditions based solely on their “religion, race, and/or national origin.” Defendants Ashcroft and Mueller claimed qualified immunity and moved to dismiss Plaintiff’s complaint for failure to state a claim. The district court denied the motion to dismiss. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed after considering whether the complaint satisfied the plausibility standard set forth in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). The Second Circuit held that Plaintiff had alleged enough facts to allow the case to proceed. Defendants Ashcroft and Mueller petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari, which was granted.
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