Fundamentals of Business Law (with Online Research Guide)

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2004-01-12
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This brief paperback book presents a clear and comprehensive treatment of what every person should know about business law. Summarized cases are integrated throughout each chapter to illustrate key legal points in an easy, accessible format.

Table of Contents

The Legal and E-Commerce Environment of Businessp. 1
Sources of Business Law and the Global Legal Environmentp. 2
The Nature of Lawp. 2
The Common Law Traditionp. 3
Sources of American Lawp. 5
Classifications of Lawp. 7
The Constitution As It Affects Businessp. 10
Finding and Analyzing the Lawp. 17
Reading and Understanding Case Lawp. 20
Accessing the Internet: Sources of Business Law and the Global Legal Environmentp. 28
Courts and Proceduresp. 30
The Judiciary's Role in American Governmentp. 31
Basic Judicial Requirementsp. 31
The State and Federal Courts Systemsp. 35
Following a State Court Casep. 39
Alternative Dispute Resolutionp. 44
Accessing the Internet: Courts and Proceduresp. 53
E-Commerce and Dispute Resolutionp. 54
Jurisdiction in Cyberspacep. 55
E-Commerce Disputesp. 56
Online Resolution of Domain Name Disputesp. 56
World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centerp. 61
Online Resolution of Other Disputesp. 62
The Future of E-Commerce Dispute Resolutionp. 65
Accessing the Internet: E-Commerce and Dispute Resolutionp. 69
Ethics and Social Responsibilityp. 71
The Nature of Business Ethicsp. 72
Sources of Ethical Standardsp. 72
Ethical Decision Makingp. 74
Corporate Social Responsibilityp. 75
Ethics in the Global Contextp. 81
Accessing the Internet: Ethics and Social Responsibilityp. 86
Focus on Legal Reasoning: National Endowment for the Arts v. Finleyp. 87
Torts, Crimes, and Cyberlawp. 89
Tortsp. 90
The Basis of Tort Lawp. 91
Intentional Torts against Personsp. 91
Intentional Torts against Propertyp. 97
Unintentional Torts (Negligence)p. 98
Strict Liabilityp. 104
Accessing the Internet: Tortsp. 107
Business Torts, Intellectual Property, and Cyberlawp. 108
Business Tortsp. 109
Intellectual Property Protectionp. 112
Virtual Propertyp. 119
RICOp. 124
Accessing the Internet: Business Torts, Intellectual Property, and Cyberlawp. 127
Criminal Lawp. 129
Civil Law and Criminal Lawp. 130
Classification of Crimesp. 130
Criminal Liabilityp. 131
Corporate Criminal Liabilityp. 133
Crimes Affecting Businessp. 134
White-Collar Crimesp. 135
Defenses to Criminal Liabilityp. 138
Constitutional Safeguards and Criminal Proceduresp. 141
Criminal Processp. 143
Accessing the Internet: Criminal Lawp. 149
Focus on Legal Reasoning: Merrill v. Navegar, Inc.p. 151
Contractsp. 153
Nature and Classificationp. 154
The Function of Contractsp. 155
Definition of a Contractp. 155
Requirements of a Contractp. 155
Freedom of Contract and Freedom from Contractp. 156
Types of Contractsp. 156
Interpretation of Contractsp. 160
Accessing the Internet: Nature and Classificationp. 164
Agreement and Considerationp. 165
Agreementp. 165
Consideration and Its Requirementsp. 175
Accessing the Internet: Agreement and Considerationp. 182
Capacity and Legalityp. 183
Contractual Capacityp. 184
Legalityp. 187
Accessing the Internet: Capacity and Legalityp. 196
Assent and Formp. 197
Genuineness of Assentp. 198
The Statute of Frauds--Requirement of a Writingp. 203
The Statute of Frauds--Sufficiency of the Writingp. 207
The Parole Evidence Rulep. 208
Accessing the Internet: Assent and Formp. 211
Third Party Rights and Dischargep. 213
Assignments and Delegationsp. 214
Third Party Beneficiariesp. 218
Contract Dischargep. 220
Accessing the Internet: Third Party Rights and Dischargep. 229
Breach and Remediesp. 230
Damagesp. 231
Rescission and Restitutionp. 234
Specific Performancep. 234
Reformationp. 235
Recovery Based on Quasi Contractp. 235
Election of Remediesp. 236
Provisions Limiting Remediesp. 237
Accessing the Internet: Breaches and Remediesp. 241
Focus on Legal Reasoning: Demasse v. ITT Corp.p. 242
Sales, Lease, and E-Commerce Contractsp. 245
The Formation of Sales and Lease Contractsp. 246
The Scope of the UCCp. 247
The Scope of Article 2--Salesp. 247
The Scope of Article 2A--Leasesp. 249
The Formation of Sales and Lease Contractsp. 250
Contracts for the International Sale of Goodsp. 260
Accessing the Internet: The Formation of Sales and Lease Contractsp. 264
Title and Risk of Lossp. 269
Identificationp. 270
Passage of Titlep. 270
Risk of Lossp. 273
Insurable Interestp. 278
Bulk Transfersp. 278
Accessing the Internet: Title and Risk of Lossp. 282
Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contractsp. 283
Performance Obligationsp. 284
Obligations of the Seller or Lessorp. 284
Obligations of the Buyer or Lesseep. 288
Anticipatory Repudiationp. 289
Remedies of the Seller or Lessorp. 290
Remedies of the Buyer or Lesseep. 292
Statute of Limitationsp. 295
Limitation of Remediesp. 295
Accessing the Internet: Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contractsp. 300
Warranties and Product Liabilityp. 301
Warrantiesp. 302
Lemon Lawsp. 309
Product Liabilityp. 309
Strict Product Liabilityp. 310
Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liabilityp. 312
Defenses to Product Liabilityp. 314
Accessing the Internet: Warranties and Product Liabilityp. 319
E-Contractsp. 320
Shrink-Wrap Agreementsp. 321
Click-On Agreementsp. 323
E-Signaturesp. 324
E-Agentsp. 326
The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Actp. 328
The Uniform Electronic Transactions Actp. 333
The NCCUSL's Web Sitep. 333
Accessing the Internet: E-Contractsp. 337
Focus on Legal Reasoning: Lickley v. Max Herbold, Inc.p. 336
Negotiable Instrumentsp. 341
Negotiability, Transferability, and Liabilityp. 342
Article 3 of the UCCp. 343
Types of Instrumentsp. 343
Requirements for Negotiabilityp. 345
Transfer of Instrumentsp. 347
Holder in Due Course (HDC)p. 348
Holder through an HDCp. 351
Signature Liabilityp. 351
Warranty Liabilityp. 354
Defenses to Liabilityp. 355
Discharge from Liabilityp. 358
Accessing the Internet: Negotiability, Transferability, and Liabilityp. 363
Checks, Banking, and Cyberbankingp. 364
Checksp. 365
The Bank-Customer Relationshipp. 367
Bank's Duty to Honor Checksp. 368
Bank's Duty to Accept Depositsp. 373
Electronic Fund Transfersp. 376
Cyberbankingp. 379
Accessing the Internet: Checks, Banking, and Cyberbankingp. 385
Focus on Legal Reasoning: Kolski v. Kolskip. 384
Debtor-Creditor Relationshipsp. 389
Secured Transactionsp. 390
The Terminology of Secured Transactionsp. 391
Creating and Perfecting a Security Interestp. 391
The Scope of a Security Interestp. 398
Priorities among Security Interestsp. 399
Rights and Duties of Debtors and Creditorsp. 401
Defaultp. 401
Revised Article 9p. 405
Accessing the Internet: Secured Transactionsp. 411
Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcyp. 412
Laws Assisting Creditorsp. 413
Laws Assisting Debtorsp. 417
Bankruptcy and Reorganizationp. 417
Chapter 7--Liquidationp. 418
Chapter 11--Reorganizationp. 426
Chapter 13--Repayment Planp. 428
Chapter 12--Family-Farmer Planp. 430
Accessing the Internet: Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcyp. 434
Focus on Legal Reasoning: Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo, S. A. v. Alliance Bond Fund, Inc.p. 435
Employment Relationsp. 437
Agency Relationshipsp. 438
Agency Relationshipsp. 439
Agency Formationp. 441
Duties of Agents and Principalsp. 443
Agent's Authorityp. 445
Liability in Agency Relationshipsp. 448
Agency Terminationp. 450
Accessing the Internet: Agency Relationshipsp. 455
Employment Lawp. 457
Wage-Hour Lawsp. 458
Labor Unionsp. 458
Worker Health and Safetyp. 460
Income Securityp. 462
COBRAp. 463
Family and Medical Leavep. 463
Wrongful Dischargep. 463
Whistleblower Statutesp. 465
Employment Discriminationp. 465
Discrimination Based on Agep. 470
Discrimination Based on Disabilityp. 471
Defenses to Employment Discriminationp. 472
Affirmative Actionp. 473
State Statutesp. 473
Accessing the Internet: Employment Lawp. 478
Focus on Legal Reasoning Babick v. Oregon Arena Corp.p. 479
Business Organizationsp. 481
Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Corporations and Partnershipsp. 482
Sole Proprietorshipsp. 483
The Law Governing Partnershipsp. 483
Limited Partnershipsp. 494
Limited Liability Companiesp. 498
Limited Liability Partnershipsp. 499
Limited Liability Limited Partnershipsp. 500
Major Business Forms Comparedp. 500
Special Business Formsp. 500
Accessing the Internet: Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Corporations and Partnershipsp. 506
Corporate Formation, Financing, and Terminationp. 507
The Nature of the Corporationp. 508
Corporate Powersp. 510
Classification of Corporationsp. 511
Corporate Formationp. 513
Corporate Statusp. 517
Corporate Financingp. 519
Merger and Consolidationp. 523
Purchase of Assetsp. 525
Purchase of Stockp. 526
Terminationp. 526
Accessing the Internet: Corporate Formation, Financing, and Terminationp. 533
Corporate Directors, Officers, and Shareholdersp. 534
Role of Directorsp. 535
Role of Corporate Officers and Executivesp. 536
Duties of Directors and Officersp. 537
Liability of Directors and Officersp. 539
Role of Shareholdersp. 539
Rights of Shareholdersp. 542
Liability of Shareholdersp. 546
Duties of Majority Shareholdersp. 546
Accessing the Internet: Corporate Directors, Officers, and Shareholdersp. 550
Investor Protectionp. 551
Securities Act of 1933p. 552
Securities Exchange Act of 1934p. 556
The Expanded Powers of the SECp. 563
The Regulation of Investment Companiesp. 564
State Securities Lawsp. 564
Accessing the Internet: Investor Protectionp. 568
Focus on Legal Reasoning Longman v. Food Lion, Inc.p. 582
Property and Its Protectionp. 571
Personal Property and Bailmentsp. 572
Property Ownershipp. 573
Acquiring Ownership of Personal Propertyp. 573
Mislaid, Lost, and Abandoned Propertyp. 576
Bailmentsp. 577
Accessing the Internet: Personal Property and Bailmentsp. 587
Real Propertyp. 588
The Nature of Real Propertyp. 589
The Ownership of Real Propertyp. 590
Transfer of Ownershipp. 593
Leasehold Estatesp. 596
Landlord-Tenant Relationshipsp. 597
Accessing the Internet: Real Propertyp. 604
Insurance, Wills, and Trustsp. 605
Insurancep. 606
Willsp. 610
Trustsp. 616
Accessing the Internet: Insurance, Wills, and Trustsp. 623
Focus on Legal Reasoning City of Monterey v. Del Monte Dunes at Monterey, Ltd.p. 624
Special Topicsp. 627
Professional Liabilityp. 628
Potential Common Law Liability to Clientsp. 629
Auditors' Liability to Third Partiesp. 632
Liability of Attorneys to Third Partiesp. 633
Potential Statutory Liability of Accountantsp. 633
Potential Criminal Liabilityp. 637
Working Papersp. 638
Confidentiality and Privilegep. 638
Limiting Professionals' Liabilityp. 638
Accessing the Internet: Professional Liabilityp. 643
Focus on Legal Reasoning Marcus Brothers Textiles, Inc. v. Price Waterhouse, LLPp. 644
How to Brief Cases and Analyze Case Problemsp. 646
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 649
The Uniform Commercial Code (Excerpts)p. 657
Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in Englishp. 786
Glossaryp. 1
Table of Casesp. 1
Indexp. 1
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