General Denial

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According to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(b)(3), a party will answer with a general denial when they intend “in good faith to deny all the allegations of a pleading.” The party will not specifically deny any allegation.

According to this federal district court case, an answer to a complaint that states that the defendant lacks sufficient information to admit or deny an allegation is considered a general denial and not affirmative defense to the allegation. 

[Last updated in June of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]