By addressing the law of sales, commercial paper, agency, and property – and examining such critical legal topics as government regulation, employment practices, and consumer and environmental protection – this series on business law is possibly the most comprehensive ever produced. Students enrolled in business courses, small business development centers, paralegals, business and public libraries, small business owners, or anyone interested in law will benefit from the "real-life" approach of Business and the Law.
"Using scenarios or real-life incidents to teach
business law is probably the best way to teach it."
Marianne Moody Jennings
Arizona State University
"I have taught the business law course for more than
two decades. The material covers exactly the same things we have in
the regular business law course on campus."
Barbara Crutchfield George
California State University - Long Beach
Topics Covered in Business and the Law:
1. Law and the Business Person sets the tone for the series providing a foundation for understanding what business Iaw is, its importance in business operations, and the consequences of not knowing the law.
2. Law and the Legal System identifies the elements that form the definition of law, and the components a legal system needs for serving society.
3. Business Crimes and Business Torts looks at the issues related to business crimes and torts and shows how the law is flexibile to deal with a variety of issues and how it changes when necessary.
4. The Nature of Contract Law explains what a contract is, how contract law has evolved, the essential elements in a valid contract, and how contracts are classified.
5. The Agreement explores the relation between the offer and acceptance, and how an offer may be terminated.
6. Consideration explains how the concept of consideration is the "exchange value" portion of a contract.
7. Contractual Capacity examines the legal capacity of all persons who enter into a contract.
8. Legal Purpose considers what the term legal means as it applies to contracts.
9. Genuineness of Assent shows how mutual understanding, openness, and willing agreement are relevant to the terms of the contract.
10. Proper Form explores various circumstances under which contracts must be written, and defines the term "written contract."
11. Interpretation of Contracts addresses the role judicial interpretation plays in enforcing contracts, and looks at the guidelines courts use in making their decisions.
12. Rights of Third Parties examines the circumstances under which the court will or will not enforce the rights of third persons, and the criteria a court uses in determining those rights.
13. Performance and Discharge analyzes the reasons for discharging a contract should fulfillment of contract terms become extraordinarily difficult, or even impossible.
14. Contractual Remedies explains how legal and equitable rememdies are applied when a contract is violated, or not upheld.
15. Sales and Sales Contracts discusses how sales contracts differ from common law contracts.
16. Passage of Title and Risk of Loss focuses on the guidelines which determine precisely when ownership changes hands, and when the responsibility for merchandise moves from seller to buyer.
17. Performance of a Sales Contract outlines the specific duties required of both sellers and buyers, and presents examples of several different kinds of contracts.
18. Warranties and Product Liability covers what a warranty is and answers questions related to the obligations of the seller and buyer.
19. Remedies for Breach describes the legal procedures available when a buyer or seller breaches the contract.
20. Functions and Forms of Commercial Paper examines the different types of commercial paper, and when and where each should be used.
21. Negotiability defines what "negotiable" means, and explains the requirements which make an instrument negotiable.
22. Negotiations and Holders in Due Course focuses on the UCC rules for the holder (the one in possession) and the maker (the one who issues)of a negotiable instrument.
23. Bank-Customer Relations looks into the legal relationship that commences when a customer opens a checking account, and the rights and duties that accrue to both the customer and bank.
24. Creation and Termination of Agency introduces the law governing the relationship between agents and the principals whose interests they represent, and outlines the duties and responsibilities each owes the other.
25. Principals and Agents assesses primary issues involved in determining the liability of both principals and agents in an agency relationship.
26. Real Property introduces the legal concept of property and the rights associated with owning it.
27. Personal Property points out differences between personal and intangible property.
28. Government Regulations considers the nature and scope of government regulation of business in the United States from both historical and current perspectives.
29. Consumer and Environment Protection addresses consumer and environmental protection laws and their impact on business behavior.
30. Labor and Employment Practices provides an good overview of what the law expects of both employers and employees.
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