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United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
March 17, 2021, Decided; March 17, 2021, Filed
Civil Action No. 20-14342 (SDW) (LDW)
LETTER OPINION FILED WITH THE CLERK OF THE COURT
Before this Court is Defendant American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Company's ("American" or "Defendant") Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure ("Rule") 12(b)(6).1 This Court having considered the parties' submissions, having reached its decision without oral argument pursuant to Rule 78, and for the reasons discussed below, grants Defendant's motion.
A. Standard of Review
An adequate complaint must be "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). This Rule "requires more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do. Factual allegations must be enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level[.]" Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555, 127 S. Ct. 1955, 167 L. Ed. 2d 929 (2007) (internal citations omitted); see also Phillips v. Cty. of Allegheny, 515 F.3d 224, 231 (3d Cir. 2008) (stating that Rule 8 "requires a 'showing,' [*2] rather than a blanket assertion, of an entitlement to relief").
In considering a Motion to Dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), the Court must "accept all factual allegations as true, construe the complaint in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, and determine whether, under any reasonable reading of the complaint, the plaintiff may be entitled to relief." Phillips, 515 F.3d at 231 (external citation omitted). However, "the tenet that a court must accept as true all of the allegations contained in a complaint is inapplicable to legal conclusions. Threadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678, 129 S. Ct. 1937, 173 L. Ed. 2d 868 (2009).
B. Plaintiffs Have Failed to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can be Granted
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2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50461 *; 2021 WL 1016113
Manhattan Partners, LLC, et al. v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co.
Notice: NOT FOR PUBLICATION
Subsequent History: Reconsideration denied by Manhattan Partners, LLC v. Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100110 (D.N.J., May 24, 2021)
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