Monthly Archives: December 2010

High Standard to Plead, Low Standard to Grant Leave: Ashcroft v. Iqbal’s Limited Impact

In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal adopted a new standard for pleading a cause of action in federal court. The two-step inquiry first identifies allegations that are mere conclusions in order to disregard them. Courts then … Continue reading

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Understanding Real Estate Secured Note Purchase Transactions

Since its inception in 1978, SettlePou has represented every imaginable type of party in real estate, lending, and commercial transactions. In that time, there has arguably never been a better environment for the opportunistic acquisition of real estate assets than … Continue reading

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Texas Monthly Selects Allen Smith as a 2010 Texas Super Lawyer

For the fourth year in a row, Allen Smith has been selected by the publishers of Texas Monthly magazine as one of its Super Lawyers.  According to the publisher, “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more … Continue reading

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