ACLU & Nike vs. Reason

Following the Civil War, corporations rapidly completed the transformation from tools to serve the public to tools for consolidating wealth and power for their owners. The culmination of this power grab may have come in 1886, when a U.S. Supreme Court reporter created “corporate personhood.” Nike and the ACLU of Northern California argued that because the company’s PR was partially political debate and not purely commercial, it had the “right” to tell its story with full 1st Amendment protection and bore no legal duty to be truthful.