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Propose an argument that the actions of the defendants to petition the court to dismiss their case because they believed California did not have personal jurisdiction and the case should be brought in Florida instead. And was it ethical?

Case:104 S.Ct. 1482
79 L.Ed.2d 804, 10 Media L. Rep. 1401 (Cite as: 465 U.S. 783, 104 S.Ct. 1482)
Supreme Court of the United States
Iain CALDER and John South, Appellants, v.
Shirley JONES.
No. 82-1401.
Argued Nov. 8, 1983. Decided March 20, 1984.

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The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce

The defendants Calder and John South who is an editor wrote, reviewed and approved an article accusing the plaintiff Shirley Jones of having a drinking problem that adversely affected her acting career. Jones brought forward a libel suit in California but the defendant argued that the case should be dismissed and brought forward in Florida since she did not have personal jurisdiction in that state. The defendants were residents in Florida and argued that the case should be heard in Florida where they had personal jurisdiction.

On the other hand South who wrote the article relied on information from California and also Jones was a ...

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The legal environment for business and online commerce are examined.

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