entities as well because businesses possess some of the same characteristics that people have. Even
though the first amendment allows for the freedom of speech there are in fact laws in place to limit what
you are allowed to do and say. For example, you cannot slander someone and you cannot cause a riot. It
is still not clear how much protection businesses have under the 1
amendment. In an article I recently
read it states that “Today, corporations engage not just in purely commercial speech such as product
advertising but also in matters of public policy, from globalization to human rights to environmental
protection and global warming” (Lau, T. & Johnson, L). So under the 1
amendment Sun tan City can say
that their sunless spray tan will not turn you orange like some other sunless spray tan at other places will.
What they cannot say is that their sunless spray tan will not turn them orange like Tan4_you or Native
Tanning salon will, because that would be slander and the first amendment does not protect against that.
First Amendment. National Constitution Center>amendments. Retrieved from
Lau, T., & Johnson, L. The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. Retrieved from
Seaquist, G. (2012). Business Law for Managers. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.