Bell Atlantic Corporation v. Twombly 127 S. Ct. 1955 (2007) Fact: Operative Facts: AT&T held a monopoly of the phone services. The 1996 Act permitted ILEC, which are regional monopoly’s to offer long distance, as long as they allow competition in their regional area. A group believed ILEC was violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, by agreeing with other telephone and internet companies, that they would monopolize their specific areas, and not “invade” each other. However this is hard to prove without the discovery phase of the litigation. They have to prove that the companies show conscious parallelism. They could not withstand the motion to dismiss, and was dismiss by the trial court. Issue: Whether there was a way for Bell Atlantic Corp. to survive a motion to dismiss Rule: To survive a motion to dismiss, they much have factual allegations enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level. Something more than series of facts that creates a suspicion. Rational:
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