Practice Group has prepared a client advisory titled "Supreme Court Clarifies Pleading Standards for Antitrust and Other Claims." It addresses the Supreme Court's opinion in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly
, which tightens the standards for pleading an agreement or conspiracy under section 1 of the Sherman Act. The advisory explains how the opinion will have ramifications as to the pleading of other commercial claims as well. The Court essentially put to rest the oft-cited language from its 1957 opinion in Conley v. Gibson
that a complaint should not be dismissed "unless it appears beyond doubt that the plaintiff can prove no set of facts in support of his claim which would entitle him to relief."