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Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly

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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell

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Citation. 127 S. Ct. 1955 (2007)

Brief Fact Summary. Plaintiffs, subscribers to local phone and internet services, sue Bell Atlantic and local telephone companies alleging violations of anti-trust laws, allowing each local phone company to monopolize its own market.


Synopsis of Rule of Law. Under § 1 of the Sherman Act, stating a claim requires a complaint with enough factual matter (taken as true) to suggest that a valid claim arises. 


Facts. Plaintiffs were subscribers to local phone and internet services.  They alleged that Bell Atlantic and local telephone companies violated that anti-trust laws by agreeing not to compete with each other and by agreeing to exclude other potential competitors, allowing each local phone company to monopolize its own market.

 


Issue. What a plaintiff must plead in order to state a claim under § 1 of the Sherman Act. 


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