Business Law

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
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Titles in Barron’sBusiness Reviewseries are widely used as classroom supplements to college textbooks, and often serve as a main textbook in business brush-up programs.Business Lawfocuses on the importance of legal theory in the everyday business world, explaining such subjects as tort responsibility, government regulations, contracts, environmental law, product liability, consumer protection, and international law, among many other topics. Also discussed in detail are the legal aspects partnerships, franchises, and corporations, and special topics that include business crimes, property as a legal concept, intellectual property, and similar pertinent topics. A study aid labeledKey Termsappears at the beginning of each chapter, andYou Should Remembersummaries are strategically interspersed throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
The Law and Society
Origin and Nature of Lawp. 3
The Origin of Lawp. 3
Definitions of Lawp. 4
Law and Moralityp. 5
Development of Civil Lawp. 6
Development of Common Lawp. 7
Substantive Law and Procedural Lawp. 10
The Attorney's Many Roles and Ethical Dutiesp. 11
Uniform Lawsp. 14
Researching the Lawp. 15
A Review of Categories of Lawp. 16
Know the Conceptsp. 17
Practical Applicationp. 18
Answersp. 19
Government Under Lawp. 21
Sources of U.S. Lawp. 21
The U.S. Constitutionp. 22
Federal Statutesp. 25
The State Constitutionsp. 32
State Statutesp. 34
Local Ordinancesp. 35
Rulings of Federal, State, and Local Agencies (Administrative Law)p. 36
Decisions by Federal and State Courtsp. 38
Know the Conceptsp. 39
Practical Applicationp. 40
Answersp. 41
The U.S. Court System and the Legal Processp. 43
The Two Major U.S. Judicial Systemsp. 43
Taking a Case to Courtp. 53
Out-of-Court Procedures for Settling Disputesp. 66
Administrative Agency Proceedingsp. 68
The Inquisitional Approach and the Adversarial Modelp. 70
How Cases Are Citedp. 72
Know the Conceptsp. 73
Practical Applicationp. 74
Answersp. 75
Nature, Classification, and Formationp. 81
Nature of Contractsp. 81
Classification of Contractsp. 83
Negotiationp. 85
Forming a Contractp. 87
Know the Conceptsp. 99
Practical Applicationp. 100
Answersp. 100
Reality of the Contract: Did the Minds Really Meet?p. 103
Mistakep. 104
Fraudp. 106
Innocent (Nonfraudulent) Misrepresentationp. 110
Undue Influencep. 110
Duressp. 112
Unconscionabilityp. 113
Know the Conceptsp. 114
Practical Applicationp. 115
Answersp. 116
Capacity of the Parties and Legality of Subject Matterp. 118
Capacity of the Partiesp. 118
Legality of Subject Matterp. 122
Know the Conceptsp. 127
Practical Applicationp. 128
Answersp. 128
The Statute of Frauds; Parol Evidence Rule; Privityp. 130
The Statute of Fraudsp. 130
Parol Evidence Rulep. 136
Privityp. 137
Know the Conceptsp. 141
Practical Applicationp. 142
Answersp. 143
Discharge; Damages and Other Remediesp. 144
Dischargep. 144
Damagesp. 154
Other Remediesp. 158
Know the Conceptsp. 161
Practical Applicationp. 162
Answersp. 163
Special Problems Concerning Sales Contractsp. 166
Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Codep. 166
Principal Changes for Sales Contracts in Article 2p. 167
The Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goodsp. 170
Nonsales Transactionsp. 173
Definition of a Salep. 174
Transfer of Titlep. 174
Risk of Lossp. 175
Performance of the Sales Contractp. 178
Remedies for Breach of Sales Contractsp. 180
Know the Conceptsp. 182
Practical Applicationp. 183
Answersp. 183
Commercial Relations
Negotiable Instruments: Definitions, Concepts, and Negotiationp. 187
The Negotiable Instrument as a Form of Commercial Paperp. 188
Development of the Law Governing Negotiable Instrumentsp. 188
The Uniform Commercial Code, Articles 3 and 4p. 189
Elements of Negotiabilityp. 190
Types of Negotiable Instrumentsp. 195
The Parties to a Negotiable Instrumentp. 196
Advantages of Negotiable Instruments over Ordinary Contractsp. 197
The Assignee of a Contract Versus the Holder of a Negotiable Instrumentp. 198
Negotiationp. 200
Indorsementsp. 201
Know the Conceptsp. 203
Practical Applicationp. 204
Answersp. 206
Negotiable Instruments: The Holder in Due Course, Defenses, Liability, and Dischargep. 209
Holder in Due Coursep. 210
Defensesp. 216
Liabilities Among Partiesp. 220
Dischargep. 228
Know the Conceptsp. 229
Practical Applicationp. 230
Answersp. 231
Banking Procedures and the Bank/Customer Relationshipp. 234
The Contract Between Bank and Customerp. 234
Rules Governing the Payment of Checksp. 238
Certification of Checksp. 239
Alterationsp. 240
Summary of Important Article 4 Rulesp. 241
Electronic Funds Transfer Actp. 242
Know the Conceptsp. 243
Practical Applicationp. 244
Answersp. 245
Creditors' Rights and Debtors' Protection; Bankruptcy; Secured Transactionsp. 247
Creditors' Rights: Collection of Debtsp. 248
Protection for Debtorsp. 252
Bankruptcy and Reorganizationp. 256
Secured Transactionsp. 265
Know the Conceptsp. 276
Practical Applicationp. 277
Answersp. 279
Business Formations
Agencyp. 285
Nature of Agency and Agency Lawp. 285
Agency and Other Legal Concepts Whereby One Person May or May Not Perform Services for Anotherp. 286
Creation of Agencyp. 288
The Agent/Principal Relationshipp. 290
Liability of Principal and Agent to Third Partiesp. 293
Termination of Agencyp. 299
Know the Conceptsp. 301
Practical Applicationp. 302
Answersp. 303
Types of Business Organizations; Partnerships; Franchisesp. 305
Types of Business Organizationsp. 306
General Partnershipsp. 315
Limited Partnershipsp. 328
Franchisesp. 333
Know the Conceptsp. 336
Practical Applicationp. 337
Answersp. 338
Corporations: Nature, Formation, Types, and Powersp. 341
Nature of a Corporationp. 341
Background of Corporationsp. 342
Corporate Attributesp. 343
Formation of the Corporationp. 346
Types of Corporationsp. 348
Nature and Content of the Charter; Bylawsp. 353
Corporate Powers and Limitations on Themp. 356
Regulation of Foreign Corporationsp. 358
Know the Conceptsp. 359
Practical Applicationp. 360
Answersp. 361
Management of the Corporation; Terminationp. 364
Corporate Overviewp. 364
Shareholdersp. 366
Board of Directorsp. 373
Officersp. 379
Other Employeesp. 381
Termination of the Corporationp. 381
Know the Conceptsp. 383
Practical Applicationp. 384
Answersp. 385
Corporations: Financial Structure; Securities Regulation; Liability of Accountantsp. 387
Corporate Financial Structurep. 388
Securities Regulationp. 397
Liability of Accountantsp. 417
Know the Conceptsp. 420
Practical Applicationp. 421
Answersp. 422
Special Topics
Crimes and Tortsp. 429
Important Facts About Crimesp. 429
Important Facts About Tortsp. 436
Comparison of Crimes and Tortsp. 443
Examples of Tortsp. 443
Examples of Business Crimes, with Tort Equivalentsp. 450
The Businessperson as Criminal Defendantp. 453
General Defenses to Crimes and Tortsp. 454
Product Liabilityp. 458
Know the Conceptsp. 470
Practical Applicationp. 472
Answersp. 474
Propertyp. 480
Property as a Legal Conceptp. 480
Personal Propertyp. 481
Joint Ownership of Propertyp. 491
Real Propertyp. 492
Comparison of Major Property Arrangementsp. 504
Know the Conceptsp. 504
Practical Applicationp. 506
Answersp. 507
Insurance, Trusts, and Willsp. 510
Trusts and Willsp. 510
Insurancep. 512
Know the Conceptsp. 514
Practical Applicationp. 515
Answersp. 515
Antitrust Lawp. 517
Sherman Actp. 517
Clayton Actp. 522
Monopoly Power: Some Important Conceptsp. 524
Robinson-Patman Actp. 525
Federal Trade Commission Actp. 526
Antitrust Law Enforcementp. 527
Exemptions from Antitrust Lawsp. 528
Know the Conceptsp. 528
Practical Applicationp. 530
Answersp. 531
Environmental Lawp. 535
National Environmental Policyp. 535
Water Pollutionp. 536
Air Pollutionp. 538
Land Pollutionp. 539
Nuclear Power Regulationp. 543
Protection of Wildlifep. 544
The Cost of Environmental Regulationp. 545
International Environmental Lawp. 546
Know the Conceptsp. 547
Practical Applicationp. 548
Answersp. 549
Employment Lawp. 551
Health and Safety Legislationp. 552
Fair Labor Standards Actp. 554
Income Protectionp. 555
Protection Against Discriminationp. 556
Know the Conceptsp. 570
Practical Applicationp. 572
Answersp. 572
Labor-Management Relations Lawp. 574
The National Labor Relations Act: Framework for Almost All Labor Lawp. 575
The Role of the National Labor Relations Boardp. 578
The Labor Negotiation Processp. 579
Labor Dispute Resolution: Concerted Activitiesp. 581
Know the Conceptsp. 582
Practical Applicationp. 584
Answersp. 584
Legal Topics Concerning Information Technology: Intellectual Property, Computer Law, and Privacyp. 587
Intellectual Propertyp. 587
Copyright Protection for Computer Programsp. 593
Trademarks and Other Trade Symbolsp. 594
Computer Crimes and Tortsp. 597
Privacy Issuesp. 598
International Law Topicp. 601
Know the Conceptsp. 602
Practical Applicationp. 603
Answersp. 603
Taxationp. 605
Historical Perspectivep. 605
The Internal Revenue Servicep. 606
Types of Taxesp. 606
The Income Taxp. 607
Employer Responsibilities: Taxesp. 608
Back Taxesp. 609
Independent Contractorsp. 610
Statutory Employeesp. 610
Self-Employment Taxesp. 611
Cash and Accrual Methods for Income and Expensesp. 611
Tax Deductionsp. 612
Know the Conceptsp. 613
Practical Applicationp. 614
Answersp. 615
International Lawp. 616
International Law and U.S. Lawp. 616
Treaties and Businessp. 618
National Law and Foreign Governmentsp. 618
Tradep. 619
Immigrationp. 621
Regulation and Nationalizationp. 622
International Dispute Resolutionp. 623
Know the Conceptsp. 623
Practical Applicationp. 624
Answersp. 625
Glossaryp. 627
Indexp. 744
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