March 17, 2020

Calder v. Jones | Case Brief Law Studen - 465 U.S. 783, 104 S.Ct. 1482 (1984) - US Supreme Court

FACTS: Entertainer Shirley Jones and her husband sued the National Enquirer alleging the Jones had been libeled by a story alleging she drank so much it prevented her from "performing her professional obligations." The reporter of the story lived in Florida and only made one trip to California for the story. The reporter and the president challenged the in personam jurisdiction of the California courts.

HISTORY: California courts said they had jurisdiction.

ISSUE: Did they have jurisdiction?

HOLDING: Yes

RATIONALE: The defendants activity was aimed at California and they knew the plaintiff would feel the brunt of the injury there because the magazine had its largest circulation in California.