Federal Pleading Standards - Seattle, WA

Oct 12, 2012 12:00pm -
Oct 12, 2012 01:30pm

Event Description

American Association of Attorney-CPAs

Federal Pleading Standards 

Presented by: Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez 


Washington Chapter Meeting 

October 12, 2012 at 12:00pm 



Please note that AAA-CPA Washington Chapter elections will be taking place at this event. 



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Program Description

In 2007, the United States Supreme Court dismissed an antitrust class action because it did not meet the pleading standard under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8.1.  Specifically, Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly held that the complaint failed because it did not contain sufficient factual matter which, if accepted as true, would "state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." On May 18, 2009, the Supreme Court held in Ashcroft v. Iqbal that Twombly's "plausibility" standard applies to all complaints asserting claims in federal court.


With this key question answered, additional questions arise:

How can plaintiffs' counsel comply with the new standard?

Should defense counsel move more often to dismiss?


This 50-minute CLE will cover the federal "plausibility pleading" standard under Twombly and Iqbal with a focus on how these cases are being applied in the Western District of Washington to motions under Rule 12(c), and to counterclaims.  A Q&A session will follow.



Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez
United States District Court - Western District of WA

Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez graduated from Lynden High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in 1975, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1980. His family was one of the first Latino families to stay in Whatcom County year-round, instead of simply living there during the seasons for picking crops and working the fields as most other migrant families did. He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school, and the first to attend college. He currently serves as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington. He was nominated by President Bush on October 12, 2003, and confirmed by the Senate on June 15, 2004. He had previously served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Washington for six years and as a King County Superior Court Judge for nine years. While a judge in Superior Court, he was responsible for setting up the first Drug Diversion Court in Washington State. Prior to becoming a judge, he worked as a prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.


Date: Friday, October 12, 2012


Time: 12:00pm (Lunch to be provided)


Location:  701 5th Ave., 47th Floor (conference room), Seattle WA


Education Credit: 1 CPE/CLE credit (pending approval)


Cost: FREE for members, guests and non-members

Click the "Register for this Event" link below to register online or here to download a registration form. 



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Event Type:Chapter Meeting
Early registration ends on Sep 16, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Sep 17, 2012 and ends on Oct 11, 2012.
Late registration starts on Oct 12, 2012.