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Overview

This new edition of Cheeseman's The Legal and Regulatory Environment recognizes the revolution that the Internet and electronic commerce has brought to business and society throughout the United States and the world. The courts have interpreted and adapted existing laws to apply to e-commerce, while state legislatures and Congress have enacted new statutes to regulate the digital economy.

The third edition of Cheeseman's The Legal and Regulatory Environment incorporates e-commerce and Internet law throughout the book. First, there is a new Unit III, Internet and E-Commerce Environment that has two chapters dealing exclusively with legal and business issues related to the new electronic economy. These chapters are:

• Chapter 9: Intellectual Property and Internet Law
• Chapter 10: Electronic Commerce and Domain Names

Also, there are more than 50 new E-Commerce and Internet Law boxes that feature special laws and cases related to the Internet and Web-based commerce that are strategically located throughout the book. Some of these special featured boxes are:

  • The Federal Electronic Signatures Act
  • Broad Free-Speech Rights Granted in Cyberspace
  • Obtaining Personal Jurisdiction in Cyberspace
  • Napster Unplugged by the Court
  • Federal Law Helps Victims of Identity Fraud
  • The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA)
  • The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA)
  • Electronic Communications Privacy Act
  • Cyber Business Plans Are Patentable
  • The Digital MillenniumCopyright Act
  • Anticybersquatting Act Passed by Congress

Cheeseman's The .Legal and Regulatory Environment, Third Edition has the most comprehensive coverage of the expanding area of intellectual property law and the new and exciting areas of domain names, electronic commerce, and Internet Law. Please take a look at Chapters 9 and 10 and the extensive e-commerce and Internet law materials in this exciting revision.

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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: 9780136085683
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Business Resources Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (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 Information Age

Chapter 2—Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Chapter 3—Court Systems and Administrative Law

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

Part II—Public and Global Environment Public and Go

Chapter 5—Constitutional Law for Business and E-Commerce

Chapter 6—Torts and Strict Liability

Chapter 7—Criminal Law and Cyber Crimes

Chapter 8—International and World Trade Law

Part III—Contract, UCC, and E-Commerce Environment

Chapter 9—Formation of Traditional and E-Contracts

Chapter 10—Performance of Traditional and E-Contracts

Chapter 11—Cyber Law and E-Commerce

Chapter 12—Sales, Leases, and Warranties

Chapter 13—Credit, Secured Transactions, and Bankruptcy

Part IV—Business Organizations and Investor Protection Environment Public and Go

Chapter 14Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses

Chapter 15LLCs, LLPs, and Global Forms of Business

Chapter 16Corporations and Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Chapter 17Investor Protection and E-Securities Transactions

Part V—Agency and Employment Environment

Chapter 18Agency Law

Chapter 19Equal Opportunity in Employment

Chapter 20Employment Compensation and Worker Protection Laws

Chapter 21Immigration and Labor Laws

Part VI—Government Regulation Environment

Chapter 22—Intellectual Property and Cyber Piracy

Chapter 23—Antitrust Law and Unfair Trade Practices

Chapter 24—Consumer Protection and Global Product Safety

Chapter 25—Environmental Protection and Global Warming

Chapter 26—Estates, Leaseholds, and Regulation of Property

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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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