For one/two-semester courses in Business Law. Exceptionally comprehensiveand praised for its writing style and accessibilitythis texts offers longer edited cases, with more of the actual language of the court renderings. It includes numerous business-oriented features that make the course relevant to future managers and integrates throughout ethics and social responsibility, international, contemporary business issues, and e-commerce in every morsel of the text.
I. THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LAW.
1. Legal, Business, and E-Commerce Environment.
2. Judicial and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
3. Constitutional Authority to Regulate Business.
4. Intentional Torts and Negligence.
5. Product and Strict Liability.
6. Business and Online Crimes.
7. Ethics and Social Responsibility.
8. International and Comparative Law.
II. TRADITIONAL AND E-COMMERCE CONTRACTS.
9. Nature of Traditional and E-Commerce Contracts.
12. Capacity and Legality.
13. Genuineness of Assent.
14. Writing and E-Commerce Signature Law.
15. Third-Party Right and Discharge.
16. Remedies for Breach of Traditional and Online Contracts.
III. INTERNET LAW, DOMAIN NAMES, AND E-COMMERCE.
17. Intellectual Property and Information Technology.
18. E-Commerce and Internet Law.
IV. DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL SALES AND LEASE CONTRACTS.
19. Formation of Sales and Lease Contracts.
20. Performance of Sales and Lease Contracts.
21. Remedies for Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts.
22. Sales and Lease Warranties.
V. NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS AND BANKING.
23. Creation and Transfer of Negotiable Instruments.
24. Holder in Due Course and Liability.
25. Checks and Digital Banking.
VI. CREDITORS' RIGHTS AND BANKRUPTCY.
26. Credit and Suretyship.
27. Secured Transactions.
28. Bankruptcy and Reorganization.
29. Agency Formation and Termination.
30. Liability of Principals and Agents.
VIII. ENTREPRENEURS AND NONCORPORATE FORMS OF BUSINESS.
31. Entrepreneurs and Sole Proprietorships.
32. General Partnerships.
33. Limited Partnerships and limited Liability Partnerships.
34. Limited Liability Companies.
IX. DOMESTIC AND MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS.
35. Formation and Operation of Corporations.
36. Directors, Officers, and Shareholders.
37. Mergers and Takeovers of Corporations.
38. Investor Protection and Online Securities.
39. Franchising and Licensing.
X. EMPLOYMENT AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY LAW.
40. Employment and Worker Protection Laws.
41. Equal Opportunity in Employment.
42. Labor Relations Law.
43. Liability of Accountants.
XI. GOVERNMENT REGULATION.
44. Administrative Law and Government Regulation.
45. Consumer Protection.
46. Environmental Protection.
47. Antitrust Law.
XII. PROPERTY, INSURANCE, AND ESTATES.
48. Personal Property and Bailments.
49. Real Property.
50. Landlord-Tenant Relationships.
52. Wills and Estates.
TO THE STUDENTS Each semester, as I stand up in front of a new group of business majors in my business law class I am struck by the thought that, cases and statutes aside, I know two very important things that they have yet to learn. The first is that I draw as much from them as they do from me. Their youth, enthusiasm, questions, and even the doubts a few of them hold about the relevance of law to their futures, fuel my teaching. They don't know that every time they open their minds to look at a point from a new perspective or critically question something they have taken for granted, I get a wonderful reward for the work that I do. The other thing I know is that both teaching and learning the law are all about stories. The stories I tell provide the framework on which students will hang everything they learn about the law in my class. It is my hope that long after the facts about the specific language of the statutes have faded, they will retain that framework. Several years from now, "unintentional torts" may draw only a glimmer of recognition with business managers who learn about them as students in my class this year. However, they will likely recall the story of the woman who sued McDonalds for serving her coffee that was too hot and caused her injuries. The story sticks and gives students the hook on which to hang the concepts. I remind myself of these two facts every time I sit down to work on writing and revisingBusiness Law,as well. My goal is to present the law in a way that will spur students to ask questions, to go beyond rote memorization. Business law is an evolving outgrowth of its environment, and that environment keeps changing. In addition to the social, ethical, and international contexts I have incorporated in previous editions ofBusiness Law,this fifth edition adds coverage and emphasis on the Internet and entrepreneurship as two vital catalysts to the law and a key part of its environment. It is my wish that my commitment to these goals shines through in this labor of love, and I hope you have as much pleasure in using it as I have had in creating it for you. Henry Cheeseman