Iqbal Unleashed!

I know many of you are tired of discussing Iqbal, but hey -- would you rather keep talking about Spencer?

But thanks to a tipster, here's a real-life, not overstated example of Iqbal gone terribly wrong at the district court level, requiring correction by the 11th Circuit (in an unpublished opinion):
The allegations in Watts’ complaint are not merely “[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements” of a Title VII claim. See Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 678, 129 S.Ct. at 1949. Nor are they “legal conclusions.” “They are non-conclusory descriptions of specific, discrete facts of the who, what, when, and where variety.” Feliciano v. City of Miami Beach, 707 F.3d 1244, 1253 (11th Cir. 2013). They provide specific facts that, if true, plausibly show that Watts is entitled to relief. That is all that Rule 8 requires, and the district court erred by requiring more. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a) (“A pleading that states a claim for relief must contain . . . a short an plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief. . . .”).
In other words, district court -- heal thyself.


  1. I say we keep talking about Spencer and his new foray into the world of fashion. I think the ties need to be darker to provide a bit of contrast to his shirts, and his socks could be a tad bit more colorful.

    Can someone please tell me what was up with that red carnation he was sporting today?

  2. Happy Friday, SFL!

  3. Tis poetry. Surely Shakespeare was a lawyer.

  4. Fiber Lawyer A new Kind of superheroMay 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Fiber Lawyer. A new kind of superhero, wished all the readers of this blog a safe, happy, and fiber filled memorial day weekend.

    On this Memorial day we like to point out:
    if Hitler had eaten more fiber, he might not have invaded Poland and the world would be a different and better place.


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