Leatherman v. Tarrant County Narcotics Intelligence and Coordination Unit

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In Leatherman v. Tarrant County Narcotics Intelligence & Coordination Unit, 507 U.S. 163 (1993), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a federal court may not apply a "heightened pleading standard"—more stringent than the usual pleading requirements of Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—in civil rights cases alleging municipal liability under Section 1983.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote the opinion for the Court.