Cengage Advantage Books: Essentials of Business Law

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No other text conveys such a passion for this profoundly important discipline. Delivering the material in their signature engaging style, the authors pepper their writing with a focus on human conflict that illustrates business law from the lawyer's perspective. While more brief than the traditional business law text, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS LAW, 4TH Edition provides solid coverage of the core topics, especially contracts, and meets all AACSB curriculum standards.

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Jeffrey F. Beatty, J.D., was an exceptional teacher, having won both the Metcalfe Prize and Cup, Boston University's highest teaching award as well as the Charles Hewitt Award, which is given each year by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) for excellence in teaching. The highest honor for teaching conferred by the ALSB, this award is dedicated to the communication and recognition of creative teaching practices of business law. Prior to his joining the faculty at Boston University, Professor Beatty worked for several years as a legal aid lawyer, concentrating on general civil litigation. He also practiced in a private firm, where he concentrated on general civil litigation, including trials and appeals of tort, contract, employment, and property cases. Professor Beatty wrote television scripts and plays that were performed in Boston, London, and Amsterdam.

Susan S. Samuelson, J.D., is a tenured full professor in the School of Management at Boston University, where she has been awarded the Broderick Prize in recognition of outstanding teaching accomplishments. She teaches both law and ethics to undergraduates, graduate students, and executives. Professor Samuelson's research has focused on securities law and the management of lawyers (in both law firms and corporations). Her articles have appeared in the Boston University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Sloan Management Review, among others. She practiced law in the corporate department of the law firm Choate, Hall, and Stewart. She earned both an AB and JD at Harvard University.

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PREFACE XVII. UNIT I: THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT. 1. Introduction to Law. 2. Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. 3. Dispute Resolution. 4. Common Law, Statutory Law, and Administrative Law. 5. Constitutional Law 101. 6. Torts. 7. Crime. 8. International Law. UNIT II: CONTRACTS. 9. Introduction to Contracts. 10. Agreement. 11. Consideration. 12. Legality. 13. Capacity and Consent. 14. Written Contracts. 15. Third Parties. 16. Performance and Discharge. 17. Remedies. UNIT III: COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS. 18. Introduction to Sales. 19. Ownership and Risk. 20. Warranties and Product Liability. 21. Performance and Remedies. 22. Creating a Negotiable Instrument. 23. Liability for Negotiable Instruments. 24. Liability for Negotiable Instruments: Banks and Their Customers. 25. Secured Transactions. 26. Bankruptcy. UNIT IV: EMPLOYMENT, BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, AND PROPERTY. 27. Agency. 28. Employment Law. 29. Starting a Business. 30. Corporations. 31. Securities. 32. Property. 33. Cyberlaw. 34. Intellectual Property. Appendix A. The Constitution of the United States. Appendix B. Uniform Commercial Code (Excerpts). Glossary. Table of Cases . Index.

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