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On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing called “Access to Justice Denied — Ashcroft v. Iqbal,” on the outsize effect the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 2009 ruling has had on civil litigation. The ruling, you’ll recall, requires plaintiffs to plead specific factual allegations in their complaints. It has already been cited in almost 3,000 lower court rulings in just five months on the books. (Check here, here and here for our previous coverage of complaints dismissed on Iqbal grounds.)

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