Business Ethics

Business Ethics Case Paper
Shirley Jones, an entertainer residing in California, believed that she was defamed, her privacy was invaded, and there was an intentional infliction of emotional distress created by an article written in the National Enquirer (Cheeseman, 2010, p. 49). Although the National Enquirer, Inc. is a business based in Florida, Jones filed a lawsuit in California state court to seek damages. This paper is intended to describe the kind of paper the National Enquirer is and whether it was ethical for the National Enquirer to try to avoid suit in California. It will also explain whether the defendants are subject to suit in California.
The Paper
The National Enquirer is a weekly tabloid circulated nationally with the largest circulation in California. Found in most supermarkets, this paper is known to exploit the rich and famous. To report on the latest celebrity news, the National Enquirer will pay sources if necessary to obtain information for the story. Although most of the articles in this paper are typically not valid, it is still read by many as a form of entertainment; however, Shirley Jones did not find the article written about her having a drinking problem as entertaining.
Avoiding Suit
Trying to avoid suit in California was ethical if the president and reporter believed they did no damage in California. According to Santa Clara University (2010), “ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues” (What is Ethics?, para. 8). Calder, the president and editor, and South, the writer of the article, both believed that they had no physical contact with California to write and publish the article. Calder edited the article in Florida, where the business is based and he resides, and South received information from sources in California while in Florida. The act to avoid suit in California was...