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THE NEW FEDERAL PLEADING STANDARDS: LIFE AFTER TELLABS AND BELL ATLANTIC John C. Coffee, Jr. * Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law Columbia University Law School New York, New York This title is argumentative. Formally, there is no new pleading standard. Rather, pleading remains governed by Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 8 and 9 (plus the special pleading requirements of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”)).1 But two Supreme Court decisions at the end of this last term—Bell...

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