PruneYard Shopping Center

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The PruneYard Shopping Center is a sprawling 250,000 square foot (23,000 m²) shopping center located in Campbell, California at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Bascom Avenue, just east of State Route 17. It also features three office towers built in 1970, one of which is the tallest building in the area outside downtown San Jose. In the Center there is an inn, many shops and a movie theater built in 1964 and renovated in 1994.

The PruneYard's role in American constitutional law

In the late 1970s, the PruneYard was involved in a free speech dispute with local high school students that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 9, 1980.[1][2] In American constitutional law, the PruneYard is famous for its role in establishing two important rules:

  • Under The California Constitution, individuals may peacefully exercise their right to free speech in parts of private shopping centers regularly held open to the public, subject to reasonable regulations adopted by the shopping centers.
  • Under the U.S. Constitution, states can provide their citizens with broader rights in their constitutions than under the federal Constitution, so long as those rights do not infringe on any federal constitutional rights.



  1. See Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins, 447 U.S. 74 (1980).
  2. Linda Greenhouse, "Petitioning Upheld at Shopping Malls: High Court Says States May Order Access to Back Free Speech," New York Times, 10 June 1980, A1.

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