Your Monday Morning Iqbal Update

I know I know, Iqbal is so 2009, almost as old as that Sony Playstation Mike Tein held up in front of Magistrate Judge Turnoff the other day.

Still, some judges continue to cite to it, as BLT notes:

A federal judge in Illinois refused to dismiss a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld by two Americans who claimed they were detained and interrogated in Iraq.

David Vance and Nathan Ertel, who traveled to Iraq in 2005 to work for a security firm, filed suit against Rumsfeld and the U.S. government alleging that they were taken into custody and interrogated by the military because of suspicion that their company was providing arms to insurgents. They claim they were placed in cages, strip searched and questioned using “physically and mentally coercive tactics,” before they were finally released weeks later.

Rumsfeld filed a motion to dismiss. However, Judge Wayne Anderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois today allowed one claim against him to go forward, finding the two contractors pleaded enough details to implicate the former secretary. See the opinion here.

Placed in cages, strip searched and questioned using "physically and mentally coercive tactics"?

I don't like to repeat myself, but again -- I've seen worse in the bounce house at Chucky Cheese.

How did Judge Anderson handle this meshuga "plausibility" standard:
“Iqbal undoubtedly requires vigilance on our part to ensure that claims which do not state a plausible claim for relief are not allowed to occupy the time of high-ranking government officials. It is not, however, a categorical bar on claims against these officials. When a plaintiff presents well-pleaded factual allegations sufficient to raise a right to relief above a speculative level, that plaintiff is entitled to have his claim survive a motion to dismiss even if one of the defendants is a high-ranking government official.”
Let me translate this for all you burnouts out there in radioland:
While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have to stand naked.
Finally, didn't Kate Winslet look amazing yesterday?


  1. He not busy being born is being dying.

  2. Why There Is No Jewish NarniaMarch 8, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    SFL, check out this story-

  3. A group that includes leading conservative lawyers and policy experts, former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and several senior officials of the last Bush administration is denouncing as “shameful” Republican attacks on lawyers who came to the Obama Justice Department after representing suspected terrorists.

    Senate Republicans have demanded details of the lawyers' past work and Liz Cheney’s group “Keep America Safe” has questioned their “values." A drumbeat of Republican criticism forced the Justice Department reluctantly to identify seven of them last week. But the harshness of the criticism – Keep America Safe labeled a group of them the “Al Qaeda Seven” — has provoked a backlash from across the legal establishment.

    “We consider these attacks both unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counterterrorism adjudications,” wrote the 19 lawyers whose names were attached to the statement as of early Monday.

    The statement cited John Adams’s defense of British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre to argue that “zealous representation of unpopular clients” is an important American tradition.

    The attacks on the lawyers “undermine the Justice system more broadly,” they wrote, by “delegitimizing” any system in which accused terrorists have lawyers, whether civilian courts of military tribunals.

    The letter’s signers include some of the top officials of a Bush Justice Department that wrestled at length with the legal questions surrounding terrorist detentions.

    Read more:

  4. 10:48, what is that writer talking about?

    Is the Golem chopped liver?

  5. brian lee tannebaumMarch 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    In the future, please specify that BLT is the Blog of Legal Times. Thank you.

  6. fake Greenberg GalMarch 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Learning from the best,

  7. Post-Oscar Shumie declared.


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