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Business Law / Edition 1

Business Law / Edition 1

by M. Neil Browne, Nancy Kubasek

ISBN-10: 0073527297

ISBN-13: 9780073527291

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

ROUNDTABLE VIEWPOINTS: BUSINESS LAW offers varying perspectives on important issues and provides readers with balanced and fair coverage of a topic to form their own opinion or to support their research. This reader is designed to address a number of different issues regarding business law. Each issue question is relevant to the topic and guides readers through


ROUNDTABLE VIEWPOINTS: BUSINESS LAW offers varying perspectives on important issues and provides readers with balanced and fair coverage of a topic to form their own opinion or to support their research. This reader is designed to address a number of different issues regarding business law. Each issue question is relevant to the topic and guides readers through the readings. The controversy and different views among the captivating readings is readily apparent to the reader and stimulates discussion. The 3-5 selections per issue are current, culled from a variety of sources, and relate to the most popular issues surrounding the topic.

In addition to the issue questions and selections, ROUNDTABLE VIEWPOINTS: BUSINESS LAW includes an issue introduction; summary/overview; highlights; critical thinking; challenge questions; and additional reading and/or websites.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education
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Roundtable Viewpoints Series
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New Edition
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7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Issue 1    Are Courts Strangling Businesses with Tort Suits?  1

  1.1  Jan M. Ambrose and Anne Carroll, from “Medical Malpractice Reform and Insurer Claims Defense: Unintended Effects?” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (October 2007)  4

  1.2  Paul H. Rubin and Joanna M. Shepherd, from “Tort Reform and Accidental Deaths,” Journal of Law and Economics (May 2007)  17

  1.3  W. Kip Viscusi, from “Tort Reform and Insurance Markets,” Risk Management & Insurance Review (vol. 9, 2004)  26

  1.4  Edith Greene, David Coon, and Brian Bornstein, from “The Effects of Limiting Punitive Damage Awards,” Law & Human Behavior (June 2001)  38

  1.5  State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Campbell et al., U.S. Supreme Court (2003)  50

Issue 2    Should An Employee Be Able to Be Fired for Any Reason?  65

  2.1  “How At-Will Employment Is Changing,” HR Focus (October 2007)  68

  2.2  Julie Jones, from “Give a Little Whistle: The Need for a More Broad Interpretation of the Whistleblower Exception to the Employment-at-Will Doctrine,” Texas Tech Law Review (vol. 34, 2003)  73

  2.3  Nancy Baumgarten, from “Sometimes the Road Less Traveled Is Less Traveled for a Reason: The Need for Change in Georgia’s Employment-at-Will Doctrine and Refusal to Adopt the Public Policy Exception,” Georgia Law Review (vol. 35, 2001)  86

  2.4  Frank Scialdone, from “Sexual Orientation-Based Workplace Discrimination: Carving a Public Policy Exception to Ohio’s At-Will Employment Doctrine,” Law & Sexuality (vol. 11, 2002)  96

  2.5  Katy Rand, from “Employment at Will in Maine: RIP?” Maine Bar Journal (vol. 22, 2007)  105

Issue 3    To What Extent Should the Board of Directors Be Free to Make Business Decisions?  120

  3.1  Douglas M. Branson, from “The Indiana Supreme Court Lecture: The Rule That Isn’t a Rule—The Business Judgment Rule,   Valparaiso University Law Review (Summer 2002)  123

  3.2  Denise Ping Lee, from “The Business Judgment Rule: Should It Protect Nonprofi t Directors?” Columbia Law Review (May 2003)  133

  3.3  Stuart K. Patrick v. Herbert Allen et al., from United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2005)  144

  3.4  Leonard M. Baynes, from “Racial Stereotypes, Broadcast Corporations, and the Business Judgment Rule.   University of Richmond Law Review (March 2003)  148

Issue 4    When Is Someone Acting on Your Behalf?  167

  4.1  Chad P. Wade, from “The Double Doctrine Agent,” Valparaiso University Law Review (Fall 2007)  171

  4.2  Thomas Genovese and Linda Genovese v. Joseph Bergeron and Theresa Bergeron, from Court of Appeals of South Carolina (1997)  181

  4.3  Elizabeth Heinrich, from “Selected Recent Court Decisions—Malpractice: Vicarious Liability Under Apparent Agency: James v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital,” American Journal of Law & Medicine (1998)  184

  4.4  William Hennessey, from “Agency Law: Extending the Common Knowledge Doctrine,” Florida Law Review (January 1995)  186

  4.5  Nancy R. Furnari, from “Are Traditional Agency Principles Effective for Internet Transactions, Given the Lack of Personal Interaction?” Albany Law Review (vol. 63, 1999)  191

  4.6  Eric Bahre v. Long Rivers Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, from Superior Court of Connecticut (July 19, 1994)  203

  4.7  “No California Nexus for Barnesandnoble.com by Stores Distributing Coupons,” Sales and Use Tax Alert (December 15, 2007)  207

  4.8  Bridget R. O’Neill, from “Schuster v. Commissioner: An Appropriate Agency Test for Members of Religious Orders Working Under Vows of Poverty?” Wisconsin Law Review (January/February 1988)  209

Issue 5    Should Employers Be Able to Force Employees into Arbitration?  225

  5.1  Robert D. Gilmer, Petitioner v. Interstate/Johnson Lane Corporation, Supreme Court of the United States (1191)  228

  5.2  Mary Rebecca Tyre Furman, from “Arbitration: An Employer’s License to Steal Title VII Claims?” Alabama Law Review (Summer 2001)  235

  5.3  Hooters of America, Inc. v. Annette R. Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1999)  245

  5.4  Joseph A. Arnold, from “The Circumvention of Compulsory Arbitration: Two Bites at the Apple, or a Restoration of Employees’ Statutory Rights?” Seton Hall Review (2003)  251

  5.5  Edward A. Marshall, from “Title VII’s Participation Clause and Circuit City Stores v. Adams,” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law (2003)  262

Issue 6    Should the Law Allow a Business to Withhold Information from Consumers?  281

  6.1  Jack N. Behrman, from “Information Disclosure, the Right to Know, and the Right to Lie,” Essays on Ethics in Business and the Professions (Prentice Hall, 1988)  284

  6.2  Alan Strudler, from “Moral Complexity in the Law of Nondisclosure,” UCLA Law Review (December 1997)  290

  6.3  Alyse Meislik, from “Weighing in on the Scales of Justice: The Obesity Epidemic and Litigation Against the Food Industry,” Arizona Law Review (Winter 2004)  298

  6.4  Mariann Hopkins v. Dow Corning Corporation, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1994)  312

  6.5  Cynthia R. Mabry, from “Warning! The Manufacturer of This Product May Have Engaged in Cover-Ups, Lies, and Concealment: Making the Case for Limitless Punitive Awards in Product Liability Lawsuits,” Indiana Law Journal (Winter 1997)  315

  6.6  Timothy B. Lee, from “Apple v. Free Speech?Regulation, A Publication of the Cato Institute (February 3, 2005)  329

  6.7  Cato Institute, from “The Nanny State,” Cato Handbook on Policy, 6th ed. (Cato Institute, 2005)  331

Issue 7    Should Homeowners Be Able to Do What They Want with Their Property?  337

  7.1  Belle Terre Lakes Home Owners Association v. Patricia McGovern, Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Fifth Circuit (2002)  339

  7.2  Nancy K. Kubasek, from “The Confl ict Between Homeowners’ Associations and the Environment,” Real Estate Law Journal (vol. 33, 2004)  344

  7.3  William H. Rogers, from “A Market for Institutions: Assessing the Impact of Restrictive Covenants on Housing,” Land Economics (vol. 82, 2006)  352

  7.4  John J. Herman, from “Not in My Community: Is It Legal for Private Entities to Ban Sex Offenders from Living in Their Communities?” Widener Law Journal (vol. 16, 2006)  359

Issue 8    Should the Government Be Able to Take Your Property for Purpose of Job Creation?  373

  8.1  Susette Kelo v. City of New London, Supreme Court of the United States (2005)  375

  8.2  Peter M. Agnetti, from “Are You Still Master of Your Domain? Abuses of Economic Development Takings, and Michigan’s Return to “Public Use” in County of Wayne v. Hathcock,” St. John’s Law Review (Fall 2005)  387

  8.3  Nancy Kubasek, from “Measure 37 Clones Fail at the Ballot Box,” Real Estate Law Journal (vol. 35, 2007)  402

  8.4  Mark S. Nagel and Richard M. Southall, from “A Stadium in Your Front Yard? Eminent Domain and the Potential Sport Marketing Implication of Kelo v. City of New London,” Sport Marketing Quarterly (September 2007)  415

  8.5  William Carlos Spaht, from “Overcoming Another Tragedy in New Orleans: Rebuilding in the Wake of Kelo and Act. No. 851,” Vanderbilt Law Review (October 2007)  420

Issue 9    Who Should Be Sued When Many People Are Involved in a Securities Fraud?  436

  9.1  Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC. v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., Supreme Court of the United States (2008)  439

  9.2  Daniel A McLaughlin, from “Liability Under Rules 10b-5(a) and (c),” Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (vol. 31, 2006)  453

  9.3  Andrew S. Gold, from “Reassessing the Scope of Conduct Prohibited by Section 10(b) and the Elements of Rule 10b-5: Reflections on Securities Fraud and Secondary Actors,” Catholic University Law Review (Spring 2004)  465

  9.4  Mark S. Pincus, from “Circuit Split or a Matter of Semantics? The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decision on Rule 10b-5 “Scheme Liability” and Its Implications for Tax Shelter Fraud Litigation,” Fordham Law Review (October 2007)  480

Issue 10    What Should You Be Able to Keep When You Go Bankrupt?  498

  10.1  Robert N. Opel v. Arthur Terry Daly, United States Bankruptcy Court, M.D. Pennsylvania (2005)  501

  10.2  Michelle J. White, from “Abuse or Protection? ‘Opportunistic’ Debtors Appear to Have Little to Fear from the 2005 Bankruptcy Reforms,” Regulation (vol. 29, 2006)  512

  10.3  Joseph Smolinsky, from “Power Agency Fights Court over Bankruptcy Rights,” International Financial Law Review (November 2004)  525

  10.4  Joseph J. Blyskal, III, from “Levying Flesh and Charging Society, Creditors, and Insurance Companies for It: The Irony of Including Personal Injury Awards in the Bankruptcy Estate,” Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (vol. 23, 2007)  532

  10.5  Joshua M. Silverstein, from “Hiding in Plain View: A Neglected Supreme Court Decision Resolves the Debate over Non-debtor Releases in Chapter 11 Reorganizations,” Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (vol. 23, 2006)  547

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