Case Categories: Libel and Slander
- Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (2014)
In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (2014), the Supreme Court sought to clarify cases in which individuals might have immunity for reporting information...
- Anderson v. Liberty Lobby (1986)
In Anderson v. Liberty Lobby (1986), the Supreme Court required application of the clear and convincing evidence standard to decide if a journalist had...
- Ashton v. Kentucky (1966)
In Ashton v. Kentucky (1966), the Supreme Court held that most criminal libel laws violated the First Amendment. These laws had allowed prosecutors to bring...
- Associated Press v. Walker (1967)
In Associated Press v. Walker (1967), the Supreme Court ruled that public figures should be treated differently from public officials when they sue for libel....
- Balzac v. People of Porto Rico (1922)
In Balzac v. People of Porto Rico (1922), the Supreme Court affirmed a libel decision against Jesus M. Balzac, editor of El Baluarte. The main issues were...
- Barr v. Matteo (1959)
In Barr v. Matteo (1959), the Supreme Court affirmed immunity from prosecution for libel involving statements made by officers of the executive branch...
- Barrett v. Rosenthal (Cal. S. Ct.) (2006)
The California Supreme Court in Barrett v. Rosenthal (2006) ruled that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives those who republish defamatory...
- Beauharnais v. Illinois (1952)
Beauharnais v. Illinois (1952) is the central precedent for the constitutionality of state group-libel laws, but the Supreme Court ruling was so divided and...
- Cantrell v. Forest City Publishing Co. (1974)
The Silver Bridge collapse in 1967 killed 46 people. A writer from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a story of one of the victim's surviving family, implying...
- Commonwealth v. Blanding (Mass.) (1825)
A state supreme court ruling in Massachusetts in 1825 upholding a libel conviction against a newspaper epitomized the understanding of some state judiciaries at...
- Commonwealth v. Clapp (Mass.) (1808)
Massachusetts's chief justice Theophilus Parsons explained libel and why it was a criminal offense in an 1808 case, Commonwealth v. Clapp. His opinion illumines...
- Cox Broadcasting Corp. v. Cohn (1975)
In an important case involving a free press, the Supreme Court in Cox Broadcasting v. Cohn absolved a journalist from criminal or civil charges for revealing...
- Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts (1967)
- Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. v. Greenmoss Builders, Inc. (1985)
In Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. v. Greenmoss Builders, Inc. (1985), the Supreme Court said nonmedia distributors of information do not enjoy First Amendment...
- Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, North Dakota Division v. WDAY, Inc. (1959)
The Supreme Court in Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, North Dakota Division v. WDAY, Inc. (1959), did not mention the First Amendment, but...
- Florida Star v. B.J.F. (1989)
In Florida Star v. B.J.F. (1989), the Supreme Court said the First Amendment precluded a newspaper from being held civilly liable under state law for publishing...
- Gandia v. Pettingill (1912)
Gandia v. Pettingill served as a precedent for protecting First Amendment rights by making libel judgments difficult to win...
- Garrison v. Louisiana (1964)
In Garrison v. Louisiana, the court determined the criminal libel law in Louisiana to be unconstitutional. The ruling continued the refinement of libel laws...
- Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. (1974)
In Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., the court ruled that the First Amendment does not require a private individual who is libeled to prove actual malice in a...
- Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association v. Bresler (1970)
- Harte-Hanks Communications v. Connaughton (1989)
- Henry v. Collins (1965)
- Herbert v. Lando (1979)
- Hustler Magazine v. Falwell (1988)
- Hutchinson v. Proxmire (1979)
- Linn v. United Plant Guard Workers of America (1966)
- Masson v. New Yorker Magazine (1991)
- McDonald v. Smith (1985 )
- Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co. (1990)
- Monitor Patriot Co. v. Roy (1971)
- New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964)
- Ocala Star-Banner Co. v. Damron (1971)
- People v. Croswell (1804)
- Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps (1986)
- Rosenblatt v. Baer (1966)
- Rosenbloom v. Metromedia, Inc. (1971)
- Seattle Times Co. v. Rhinehart (1984)
- St. Amant v. Thompson (1968)
- Time, Inc. v. Firestone (1976)
- Time, Inc. v. Hill (1967)
In Time, Inc. v. Hill, 385 U.S. 374 (1967), the Supreme Court extended the actual malice standard to a false light invasion of privacy. James Hill filed the...
- Time, Inc. v. Pape (1971)
- Tory v. Cochran (2005)
- United States v. Hudson and Goodwin (1812)
- United States v. Press Publishing Co. (1911)
- United States v. Smith (Ind.) (1909)
- White v. Nicholls (1845)
- Wolston v. Reader's Digest Association (1979)
- Zeran v. America Online, Inc. (4th Cir.) (1997)