Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc.
United States Supreme Court
477 U.S. 242 (1986)
Liberty Lobby, Inc. (Liberty Lobby) (plaintiff) filed a libel action against a magazine published by Anderson (defendant). The magazine published two articles that portrayed Liberty Lobby's founder as a neo-Nazi and racist. Anderson et al. put forth evidence tending to show that they made efforts to verify the information in the article. Liberty Lobby submitted evidence demonstrating that the articles were based on unreliable sources. Anderson moved for summary judgment, which was denied. The appellate court held that Liberty Lobby need not demonstrate with clear and convincing evidence that a jury could find Anderson acted with actual malice and was liable for libel. The appellate court granted Anderson’s summary judgment motion as to some of the claims and denied the motion as to others.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Dissent (Brennan, J.)
Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)
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