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Interlocutory Appeals of Denials of Motions to Dismiss in the Wake of Twombly: A New Option for the Defense?

01/14/2011

In a decision more critical for procedure than its end result, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit considered, and ultimately rejected, an interlocutory bid by Verizon Wireless LLC, AT&T Mobility LLC, Sprint Nextel Corp., and T-Mobile USA Inc. — who allegedly control 90% of the U.S. text messaging market — to dismiss a putative class action alleging that they conspired to fix text message prices.