IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
October 19, 2009
FREDERICK BANKS, PLAINTIFF
JULIE NICLKIN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner
AND NOW, this 19th day of October, 2009, upon consideration of defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(c)*fn1 (Doc. 87), in which they argue that plaintiff's remaining constitutional claims must be dismissed because the allegations that comprise those claims fail to state claims in accordance with the new pleading standards set forth in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, ---U.S. ----, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 1949, 173 L.Ed.2d 868 (2009) (explaining that Rule 8 requires more than "an unadorned, the-defendant unlawfully-harmed-me accusation"), and the court having reviewed the facts presented in the pleadings in a light most favorable to plaintiff, as required by the governing standard of review, see Hayes v. Cmty. Gen. Osteopathic Hosp., 940 F.2d 54, 56 (3d Cir. 1991) (stating that when deciding a motion for judgment on the pleadings, the court is directed to view "the facts presented in the pleadings and the inferences to be drawn therefrom in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party"), and it appearing that the allegations that make up the five remaining constitutional claims are sufficient to assert constitutional claims, and it further appearing that defendants have failed to establish that no material issue of fact remains to be resolved, see id., (stating that to succeed on a motion under Rule 12(c), "the movant [must] clearly establish [ ] that no material issue of fact remains to be resolved and that he is entitled to judgment as a matter of law"), it is hereby
ORDERED that defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings (Doc. 87) is DENIED.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge