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 why not?
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