Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Lee Levine argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Richard L. Creighton, Jr., Kevin E. Irwin, Michael D. Sullivan, and James E. Grossberg.
John A. Lloyd, Jr., argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Sallie Conley Lux and Jeanette H. Rost.*
Supreme Court of United States.
JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.
A public figure may not recover damages for a defamatory falsehood without clear and convincing proof that the false "statement was made with `actual malice' — that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not." New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 279-280 (1964). See Curtis Publishing Co. v.
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