United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania
CATHY BISSOON, District Judge.
Defendants' Motions to Dismiss (Docs. 7 & 9) are DENIED. The Motions do not challenge the sufficiency of Plaintiff's pleadings, but, rather, they address the merits of Plaintiff's declaratory judgment claims. See Defs.' Brs. (Docs. 8 & 9). The same 12(b)(6) standards apply in declaratory judgment actions as in any other type of case, and Defendants cannot properly rely on merits-based arguments to demonstrate that the Complaint does not state a plausible claim upon which relief may be granted. See generally, e.g., Interlink Grp. Corp. USA, Inc. v. Am. Trade & Fin. Corp., 2013 WL 1811898, *4 (D. N.J. Apr 25, 2013) (holding same).
Denial of the Motions notwithstanding, the Court does wonder how much more will be required in this case before the parties' merits-based arguments properly can be adjudicated. At the initial scheduling conference, which will be established by separate order, counsel should be prepared to ...