Business Ethics Case
University of Phoenix
Instructor: David Feldheim
November 8, 2010
Business Ethics Case
The National Enquirer is a celebrity information and rumor tabloid publication published by American Media, Incorporated (Mahalo, 2010). This magazine has a circulation of over a million copies a week, while its readership is well over nine million. It is well known for reporting celebrity foolishness and mistakes.
In the case of Calder v. Jones (465 U.S. 783 (1984)), a Florida paper insulted a California celebrity. The purportedly defamatory story concerned the California activities of this California resident. The article suggested that the celebrity was not proficient at her career as an entertainer. Sources from California provided the foundation of the article. The piece of writing was drawn from California sources, and the impact of the damage, in terms both of respondent's emotional suffering and the harm to her professional status, was experienced in California. In sum, California is the focal point both of the story and of the harm suffered. The newspaper did not challenge jurisdiction, but they disputed that the publisher and editor of the magazine could not individually be taken to court in California because they personally had no associations to California. The US Supreme Court found that the California courts did have personal jurisdiction over the editor and publisher (Law School Briefs, 2004). “The US Supreme Court found that the situation was similar to sending a letter bomb or firing a gun across State boundaries (Law School Briefs, 2004).” The courts believed that the National Enquirer specifically planned to cause an offense in another state (2004). “The courts agree that control over petitioners is therefore proper in California based on the "effects" of their Florida behavior in California (Find law, 2010).”
The California Court of Appeals judgment... [continues]
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