The conservative Alliance Defense Fund is lining up in opposition to a pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that changed the standard for filing most civil lawsuits — a move that aligns the Christian litigation group with some unlikely allies.
Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for Congress to override last year’s decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, as well as a similar decision in Bell Atlantic v. Twombly in 2007. They have the support of a coalition of liberal groups, including consumer advocates, trial lawyers and civil rights organizations, all of whom say it’s become more difficult to avoid having their claims thrown out of federal court prior to discovery. On the other side, business groups have supported the rulings.
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