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GENERAL o Notice Pleading StandardEnough information to put D on notice what claim is.Problem with including a lot of information, that is for discovery process.Don't want require too much that will be impossible for P to fileD must be able to answer complaint and prepare a defense

o Complaint
? Document by which P brings case o Answer
? D's response to complaint o Reply
? Answer to the answer
? Allowable If:

* Answer contains a counterclaim (reply is required)

* At P's option, P obtains a court order allowing reply o Lawyer must sign pleadings (complaint & answer)


COMPLAINT o Initial pleading in lawsuit - filed by P - commences the action o Elements of Complaint (Claim for Relief) - Rule 8 (a)
? Short and plain statement of the grounds for the court's jurisdiction
? Short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief
? Demand for the relief sought

* ($$, injunctions) o Specificity
? Level of factual detail not high
? Gaps in facts are remedied through discovery
? Legal theory not required (just have to state facts)
? P must give enough facts to put the D on notice about allegation
? Irrelevant that the P has failed to allege some matters that they will have to later prove at trial
? Bell Atlantic

* "Plausibility standard"



Allege facts that plausibly suggest the crime If what you say is true, it must be plausible that you will be entitled to relief o Facts can be silly/crazy o Assume that everything the P says is true

o Special Matters - Rule 9
? Must be pleaded with particularity if they are to be raised at trial
? Applies to answer and complaint
? Pleader takes full risk of failure to plead any special matter9(b)








*Fraud or mistake Party must state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake Malice, intent, knowledge, and other conditions of a person's mind may be alleged generally

Special damages - must be specifically stated Evidence of special damages not pled in a complaint cannot be admitted at trial Or evidence must be established that the injury is "an inevitable and necessary" result of the injuries already contained in the pleadings General damages = pain and suffering o Types of damages that D should expect to pay Special damages = things that D might not expect, more specific o Out of pocket costs P incurs o Lost wages, medical bills


* Default judgment must not differ in kind from, or exceed in amount, what is demanded in the pleadings

* Every other final judgment should grant the relief to which each party is entitled, even if the party has not demanded that relief in its pleadings

o P's Burden of Pleading and Production
? In complaint:

* P must plead, or allege, all elements of each cause of action.
? At trial:

* P must produce evidence to prove each element of each cause of action.
? Example:

* Cause of action for defamation

* P must plead (in complaint) and prove (at trial) o (1) Slanderous statement was made and (2) published (i.e., disseminated), and (3) plaintiff was injured by it

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