Hustler Magazine v Falwell 485 US 46 (1988)

ON 23 FEBRUARY 1988, the US Supreme Court delivered Hustler Magazine v Falwell 485 US 46 (1988).

Per Rehnquist CJ at 485:

‘We conclude that public figures and public officials may not recover for the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress by reason of publications such as the one here at issue without showing, in addition, that the publication contains a false statement of fact which was made with “actual malice,” i.e., with knowledge that the statement was false or with reckless disregard as to whether or not it was true.’


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