The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce / Edition 7

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Overview

The single most up-to-date text available for the Legal Environment course.

The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce 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.

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Emphasizing the impact of the Internet on business, the judicial adaptation of existing laws to apply to e-commerce, and the efforts of state and federal legislators to regulate the digital economy, this textbook covers commercial, employment, and regulatory matters. Topics include intellectual property law, free-speech rights, fraud, and privacy. Both the domestic and the international climates are discussed. Ethical concerns are presented beside legal ones. Cheeseman teaches business law at the University of Southern California. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132870887
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 125,905
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Preface

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 cases and 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 man who sued Pepsi as a result of impotence caused by a vending machine. 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 revising The Legal and Regulatory Environment, 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 itsenvironment, and that environment keeps changing. In addition to the social, ethical, and international contexts I have incorporated in previous editions of The Legal and Regulatory Environment, this third edition adds coverage and emphasis on electronic commerce 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

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Table of Contents

Part I— Legal and Ethical Environment

Chapter 1—Legal Heritage and the Digital Age

Chapter 2—Ethics and Social Responsibility of Business

Chapter 3—Courts, Jurisdiction, and Administrative Agencies

Chapter 4—Judicial, Alternative, and E-Dispute Resolution

Part II— Constitution and Public Law

Chapter 5—Constitutional Law for Business and E-Commerce

Chapter 6—Torts and Strict Liability

Chapter 7—Criminal Law and Cyber Crimes

Chapter 8—Intellectual Property and Cyber Piracy

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

Chapter 9—Formation of Traditional and E-Contracts

Chapter 10—Performance and Breach of Traditional and E-Contracts

Chapter 11—E-Commerce and Digital Law

Chapter 12—UCC Sales and Lease Contracts and Warranties

Chapter 13—Credit, Secured Transactions, and Bankruptcy

Part IV—Business Organizations and Investor Protection

Chapter 14—Small Business and General and Limited Partnerships

Chapter 15—Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, and Special Forms of Business

Chapter 16—Corporations and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Chapter 17—Investor Protection, E-Securities, and Wall Street Reform

Part V—Agency and Employment Environment

Chapter 18—Agency Law

Chapter 19—Equal Opportunity in Employment

Chapter 20—Employment Law and Worker Protection

Chapter 21— Labor Law and Immigration Law

Part VI—Government Regulation

Chapter 22—Antitrust Law and Unfair Trade Practices

Chapter 23—Consumer Protection

Chapter 24—Environmental Protection

Chapter 25—Land Use Regulation and Real Property

Part VII—Global Environment

Chapter 26—International and World Trade Law

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Preface

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 cases and 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 man who sued Pepsi as a result of impotence caused by a vending machine. 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 revising The Legal and Regulatory Environment, 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 thatenvironment keeps changing. In addition to the social, ethical, and international contexts I have incorporated in previous editions of The Legal and Regulatory Environment, this third edition adds coverage and emphasis on electronic commerce 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

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Introduction

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 cases and 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 man who sued Pepsi as a result of impotence caused by a vending machine. 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 revising The Legal and Regulatory Environment, 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 thatenvironment keeps changing. In addition to the social, ethical, and international contexts I have incorporated in previous editions of The Legal and Regulatory Environment, this third edition adds coverage and emphasis on electronic commerce 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

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