CHAPTER 24End Corporate Personhood

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

—George Bernard Shaw

ARIZONA CHANGED ITS LAW AFTER 1886 SO THAT THE WORD PERSON WOULD include nonliving as well as living legal entities: “‘Person’ includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person.”1

Many states have varying definitions of person depending on the part of law at issue. For example, there was a 1998 U.S. Supreme Court case in which a large part of the argument had to do with whether the Federal Trade Commission had the authority, under California law, to act as a person in enforcing a judgment against a telemarketer.2

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