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Second Circuit Review: Harmonizing Iqbal Pleading Standards With McDonnell Douglas Framework

August 26, 2015 download PDF

Litigation partners Martin Flumenbaum and Brad Karp's Second Circuit Review column appeared in the August 26 issue of the New York Law Journal. The article, "Harmonizing Iqbal Pleading Standards With McDonnell Douglas Framework," discusses Littlejohn v. City of New York, where the court held that, to the extent that the McDonnell Douglas evidentiary standard relaxes the factual showing required for plaintiffs to defeat a summary judgment motion, it likewise relaxes the facts needed to be pleaded under Ashcroft v. Iqbal to survive a motion to dismiss. Litigation associate Erin Smith Dennis assisted in the preparation of this article.

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