Briggs Attorneys Discuss Twombly/Iqbal Decisions in The Hennepin Lawyer

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March 1, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (March 1, 2011) – Briggs and Morgan shareholder Max C. Heerman and associate Maren F. Grier discuss the questions raised for Minnesota litigators as result of the Supreme Court's Bell Atlantic Corporation v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal decisions in The Hennepin Lawyer. Heerman and Grier point out that while federal court practitioners should already recognize the importance of satisfying the Twombly/Iqbal standard when filing complaints in federal court, they should also recognize that satisfying this standard when filing answers with affirmative defenses, or when filing state court pleadings, may be equally vital. Read the article in its entirety here.

Heerman is a shareholder in the Business Litigation Section and the Appellate Practice Group and practices principally in the areas of complex shareholder and business disputes, employment litigation and bankruptcy-related litigation. Grier is an associate in the Business Litigation Section and joined the firm in 2009 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

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