No. 74-891.

424 U.S. 693 (1976)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 23, 1976.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carson P. Porter argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief was J. Bruce Miller.

Daniel T. Taylor III argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Robert Allen Sedler, William H. Allison, Jr., Melvin L. Wulf, John H. F. Shattuck, and Leon Friedman.*

MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted certiorari, 421 U.S. 909 (1975), in this case to consider whether respondent's charge that petitioners' defamation of him, standing alone and apart from any other governmental action with respect to him, stated a claim for relief under 42 U. S. C. § 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment. For the reasons hereinafter stated, we conclude that it does not.

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