3.5 Business Ethics The National Enquirer, Inc., is a Florida corporation with its principal place of business in Florida. It publishes the National Enquirer, a national weekly newspaper with a total circulation of more than 5 million copies. About 600,000 copies, almost twice the level in the next highest state, are sold in California. The National Enquirer published an article about Shirley Jones, an entertainer. Jones, a California resident, filed a lawsuit in California state court against the National Enquirer and its president, who was a resident of Florida. The California lawsuit sought damages for alleged defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Calder v. Jones, 465 U.S. 783, 104 S.Ct. 1482, 79 L.Ed.2d 804, Web 1984 U.S. Lexis 4 (Supreme Court of the United States)
1. What kind of paper is the National Enquirer? The Enquirer is an American supermarket tabloid published by American Media Inc. The Enquirer at times does not print honest news and doesn’t seem to care if their stories are untrue and how it could destroy people lives.
2. Was it ethical for the National Enquirer to try to avoid suit in California? I think it was unethical for the National Enquirer to try to avoid the suit in California. It should not matter where the defendants live, it should matter where the issue took place. Especially because people with a good deal of money can have residences in many places
3. Are the defendants subject to suit in California? Why or why not? Yes, the defendants are subject to suit. The story that was published was hurtful, for example the story could have caused emotional distress to the point that Jones could have committed suicide. [continues]
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