Supreme Court Finds No Evidence of Malice Towards the Former All-Star
The Supreme Court has denied a request by Scottie Pippen's legal team to continue forward with a defamation lawsuit that was filed against multiple news agencies.
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The former Chicago Bulls star Pippen filed against several media companies for falsely reporting he had filed for bankruptcy. He originally filed the suit in 2011 with the attempt to recover 1 million from each of the 10 media outlets that refused to take down that he filed for bankruptcy. The court records show that after asking them to remove the stories the media outlets did not comply -- which led his legal team to file the suit saying that malice was involved in trying to defame the star.
The justices on Monday did not comment in letting stand lower court decisions dismissing the $10 million lawsuit against NBCUniversal Media LLC, CBS Interactive, Inc. and other media outlets.
Lower courts found that as a public figure, Pippen could not show the reports were published with actual malice. That standard requires Pippen to show the information was published knowing it was false or issued with reckless disregard for the truth.
According to the docs, filed in federal court in Illinois and obtained by TMZ ... Pippen claimed, "It is a most foul libel indeed to be falsely accused of being bankrupt."
The lawsuit continues, "Scottie never filed bankruptcy and indeed has a substantial net worth, which has not been less than approximately $40,000,000 in the last ten years."
Pippen claimed CNBC.com included him in an article titled, "15 Athletes Gone Bankrupt" ... and CBSsports.com posted a photo of Pippen along with a story about NBA players and bankruptcy.
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After the court found no evidence of intentional malice towards the NBA all star the case was dismissed.