Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. v. Hepps
Significance, Freedom To Defame, Chilling Effect, Private Citizens And Public Figures, Impact, Shield Laws
Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., et al.
Maurice S. Hepps, et al.
That, due to First Amendment freedom of the press protections, a private individual in cases of public interest is responsible to prove accusations of criminal activity printed by a newspaper were false to win a defamation award.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
David H. Marion
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Ronald H. Surkin
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court)
Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
21 April 1986
Reversed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and found that for a private individual to establish defamation by the press they are required to prove untruthfulness of the news articles.
- NAACP v. Button, 371 U.S. 415 (1963).
- New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).
- Rosenblatt v. Baer, 383 U.S. 75 (1966).
- Time, Inc. v. Hill, 385 U.S. 374 (1967).
- Gertz v. Welch, 418 U.S. 323 (1974).
- Hustler Magazine Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988).
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