Read Business Ethics Case 3.5 at the end of Chapter 3 of The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce. After reading the case write a paper answering the questions that follow.
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?
2. Was it ethical for the National Enquirer to try to avoid
suit in California?
3. Are the defendants subject to suit in California? Why or