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Business Ethics Paper

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Business Ethics Paper

Business Ethics Case 3.5

1.) What kind of paper is the National Enquirer?

William Radolph Hearst founded the New York Enquirer in 1926. This paper was later bought by Generoso Pope Jr in 1952 and is now known as National Enquirer. The National Enquirer is a tabloid that was placed on the supermarket shelves in the 1970s by Pope after some extensive strategic marketing was completed. In order to have a successful paper, pope paid the highest dollar amount to the best reporters as well as editors for them to write, manage, and produce the paper so that it could be the best in its category. The Enquirer covers a range of topics along with quick responses to certain events that usually are in the news. Even though the paper is not seen as tactful to some individuals, it is without a doubt an attention grabber that states hot gossip news of the media and also provides the readers with the content that may be hard to find in other places.

2.) What is ethical for the National Enquirer to try to avoid suit in California?

In this particular case, an article was written and edited by the petitioners that contained slanderous material about a respondent and was published in the National Enquirer. This paper is a national magazine that has its largest circulation in the California area, where this respondent, who is an actress, resides and worked. The paper alleged that Jones, the respondent, was an alcoholic. The Enquirer had been written and edited in the state of Florida, but Jones lived in California so she filed her lawsuit in the California state court. The petitioners attempted to challenge the jurisdiction of the court and claimed that the court did not have personal jurisdiction. The bottom line boils down to morality because ethics are not true legal questions. It is based on a persons/group personal belief that can be private.

3.) Are the defendants subject to suit in California? Why or why not?

In this case being reviewed, the National Enquirer is the defendant and is located in the state of Florida unlike the plaintiff who is from the state of California. The suit can still be determined through the court. This will be done by determining if there are “minimum contacts” in the other state by jurisdiction Quasi in rem “plaintiff who will obtain judgment against the defendant in a state and will then try to collect judgment through attachment of the property of the defendant


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