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PruneYard Shopping Center v. Robins

United States Supreme Court
447 U.S. 74 (1980)


Facts

PruneYard (defendant) operates a large, privately owned shopping center. It has a policy prohibiting people from engaging in any “publicly expressive activity” on the premises, including circulating petitions. One day, a group of high school students (students) (plaintiffs) set up a table and distributed pamphlets and asked people to sign a petition concerning a United Nations resolution. They were peaceful and orderly, but a PruneYard security guard asked them to leave on account of the PruneYard policy. The students brought suit seeking to enjoin PruneYard from denying their ability to distribute pamphlets. The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students. PruneYard appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)

Concurrence (Marshall, J.)

Concurrence (Powell, J.)

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