From our private database of 30,900+ case briefs...
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell
United States Supreme Court
485 U.S. 46, 108 S.Ct. 876 (1988)
Hustler Magazine is a magazine of nationwide circulation. Jerry Falwell (plaintiff) was a nationally known minister who had been an active commentator on political and public affairs. Hustler printed a parody article that suggested Falwell and his mother were drunk and immoral. Falwell sued Hustler Magazine and its publisher, Larry Flynt (defendants) in federal district court to recover damages for invasion of privacy, libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The jury found against Falwell on the libel claim, finding that the ad parody couldn’t have been reasonably understood as representing actual facts about Falwell. The district court held for Falwell only on the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim and awarded him $200,000 in damages. The court of appeals affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 552,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 552,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 30,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.