Legal Environment of Business Online Commerce, Ethics, and Global Issues

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-30
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For undergraduate courses in the Legal Environment of Business.


Cutting edge cases and comprehensive coverage of the legal environment of business.

The Legal Environment of Business: Online Commerce, Ethics, and Global Issues examines how the current legal environment, government regulation, and e-commerce environment impact today's business decisions. The cases in this text are cutting-edge, exciting, and engaging, and the reasoning of each case is presented in the language of the court. The Eighth Edition is updated with all new cases, statutes, and features.

Author Biography

&>Henry R. Cheeseman is professor emeritus of the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California.


Professor Cheeseman earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Marquette University, both a master’s in business administration (MBA) and a master’s in business taxation (MBT) from USC, a juris doctor (JD) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, a master’s degree with an emphasis on law and economics from the University of Chicago, and a master’s in law (LLM) degree in financial institutions law from Boston University.


Professor Cheeseman was director of the Legal Studies in Business Program at USC. Professor Cheeseman taught business law, legal environment, and ethics courses in both the MBA and the undergraduate programs of the Marshall School of Business of USC. At the MBA level, he developed and taught courses on corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy law. At the undergraduate level, he taught courses on business law, the legal environment of business, ethics, business organizations, cyber law, and intellectual property.


Professor Cheeseman received the Golden Apple Teaching Award on many occasions by being voted by the students as the best professor at the Marshall School of Business of USC. He was named a fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC by the dean of the Marshall School of Business. The USC’s Torch and Tassel Chapter of the Mortar Board, a national senior honor society, tapped Professor Cheeseman for recognition of his leadership, commitment, and excellence in teaching.


Professor Cheeseman writes leading business law and legal environment textbooks that are published by Pearson Education, Inc. These include Business Law, Contemporary Business Law, and The Legal Environment of Business.


Professor Cheeseman is an avid traveler and amateur photographer. The interior photographs for this book were taken by Professor Cheeseman.

Table of Contents

Part I: Legal and Ethical Environment

1. Legal Heritage and the Digital Age

2. Ethics and Social Responsibility of Business

3. Courts, Jurisdiction, and Administrative Law

4. Judicial, Alternative, and E-Dispute Resolution


Part II: Constitution and Public Law

5. Constitutional Law for Business and E-Commerce

6. Torts and Strict Liability

7. Criminal Law and Cyber Crimes

8. Intellectual Property and Cyber Piracy


Part III: Contracts, Commercial Law, and E-Commerce

9. Formation and Requirements of Contracts

10. Performance and Breach of Contracts

11. Digital Law and E-Commerce

12. UCC Sales Contracts, Leases, and Warranties

13. Credit, Secured Transactions, and Bankruptcy


Part IV: Business Organizations, Corporate Governance, and Investor Protection

14. Small Business, General Partnerships, and Limited Partnerships

15. Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, and Special Forms of Business

16. Corporations and Corporate Governance

17. Investor Protection and E-Securities Transactions


Part V: Agency, Employment, and Labor Law

18. Agency Law

19. Equal Opportunity in Employment

20. Employment Law and Worker Protection

21. Labor Law and Immigration Law


Part VI: Government Regulation

22. Antitrust Law and Unfair Trade Practices

23. Consumer Protection

24. Environmental Protection

25. Real Property and Land Use Regulation


Part VII: Global Environment

26. International and World Trade Law


Part VIII: Accounting Profession

27. Accountants’ Duties and Liability



A: The Constitution of the United States of America


Case Index

Subject Index

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