Ethic Case 3.5
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 National Enquirer is a tabloid magazine that at times has truthful articles. However, at times it does publish articles that are not completely true. It is published weekly nationwide and sells more than five million copies. Even though most of the public knows the articles are not always true but they buy the magazine anyways so that they can see what types of stories they have come up with.
2. Was it ethical for the National Enquirer to try to avoid suit in California?
The National Enquirer is a corporation based in Florida. With that information I would assume that all employees of The National Enquirer involved in this case would reside in Florida also. Do to this, I do not think it was unethical for the National Enquirer to avoid suit in California. However, if this case was moved to Florida and they still tried to avoid the suit then they would become unethical.
3. Are the defendants subject to suit in California? Why or why not?
Since a person was allegedly injured in...