In Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009), the Court admonishes that “[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice” to satisfy the pleading standards in Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to survive a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. (My emphasis.)
Go ahead, make my day: tell me what “conclusory” means as used by Iqbal.
Does the word have a firm legal meaning that can be applied as a neutral principle? Or, is the word more like the meaning of “pornography” proffered by one of the Justices: I know it when I see it. If the latter is your view, what does Iqbal stand for?
Please respond if you have time today. Later today, or perhaps tomorrow, I will provide a fascinating guide to these questions.
But for now, tell me, what does “conclusory” mean in the context of Iqbal?
PS. One of the attributes of my blog platform is that it speel checks. Anyway, the spell-checker does not like “conclusory.” What does that mean?