Smith and Roberson’s Business Law,
17th Edition

Richard A. Mann, Barry S. Roberts

ISBN-13: 9781337094757 | ISBN-10: 1337094757

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 1344 pages

List Price USD $249.95


Today’s most complete and credible business law text, SMITH & ROBERSON'S BUSINESS LAW, 17E by Richard A. Mann and Barry S. Roberts continues a tradition of accuracy and consistent coverage of the latest issues and emerging trends. This updated classic book details business law and prepares you for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam with coverage of business law, the legal duties and responsibilities of accountants, and the corporate governance portion of the business environment. Cases blend landmark and current decisions with edits to preserve the language of the court. More than 220 engaging figures, diagrams, and summaries emphasize the fundamental concepts, principles, and rules of law that apply to business transactions. You gain insights into the function and operation of courts and administrative agencies and learn to recognize potential legal problems in business. This comprehensive, up-to-date book ensures you acquire a solid understanding of modern business law.

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Meet the Authors

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Richard A. Mann, J.D., received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is professor emeritus of business law at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is past president of the Southeastern Regional Business Law Association. Professor Mann is a member of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and the North Carolina Bar (inactive). He has written extensively, covering a number of legal topics, including bankruptcy, sales, secured transactions, real property, insurance law and business associations. Professor Mann has received the American Business Law Journal's award both for the best article and for the best comment and has served as a reviewer and staff editor for the publication. In addition to SMITH & ROBERSON'S BUSINESS LAW, he has coauthored BUSINESS LAW AND THE REGULATION OF BUSINESS, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS LAW AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT and CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS LAW.

Barry S. Roberts, J.D., LL.M., received a B.S. in business administration from Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He served as a judicial clerk for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prior to practicing law in Pittsburgh. Professor Roberts is professor emeritus of business law at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he is a member of Who's Who in American Law and the North Carolina and Pennsylvania Bars (inactive). He has written numerous articles on such topics as antitrust, products liability, constitutional law, banking law, employment law and business associations. Professor Roberts has been a reviewer and staff editor for the American Business Law Journal. In addition to SMITH & ROBERSON'S BUSINESS LAW, he has coauthored BUSINESS LAW AND THE REGULATION OF BUSINESS, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS LAW AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT and CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS LAW.

  • NEW QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS CHALLENGE STUDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING. Almost all of this edition’s chapters include new end-of-chapter questions and/or case problems.
  • NEW EDITION HIGHLIGHTS THE NEW RESTATEMENT (THIRD) OF RESTITUTION AND UNJUST ENRICHMENT. Students will find detailed coverage and clarification of this law of restitution and unjust enrichment throughout this edition’s Chapters 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 50.
  • NEW UPDATED COVERAGE OF TIMELY AND EMERGING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF BUSINESS LAW. Students find the latest information on limited liability companies, benefit corporations, suretyship, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the SEC’s new Regulation A and disclosure rules clarifying how companies can use social media to disseminate information, the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012, the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  • NEW CONTENT ADDRESSES THE NEW RESTATEMENT (THIRD) OF TORTS: LIABILITY FOR ECONOMIC HARM. Students review updates to economic torts in this restatement as well as topics new to this restatement in this edition’s Chapters 7, 8, 11, 18, and 44. NEW CURRENT CASES ILLUSTRATE HOW KEY PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS LAW ARE APPLIED IN THE UNITED STATES. Approximately half of this edition’s chapters include new cases. These and all other updated cases are carefully selected to offer relevant and interesting content for your students.
  • THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS AND CASES CHALLENGE STUDENTS. In-depth cases, hypothetical end-of-chapter problems and questions help students explore the implications of each situation and enhance their understanding of key concepts while developing the critical-thinking skills to succeed in today's business environment. An end-of-chapter feature -- Taking Sides -- requires students to apply critical thinking to a case-based fact situation as they identify relevant legal rules, develop arguments for both parties in the dispute, and explain how a court would resolve the dispute.
  • THIS BOOK PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT, PROVEN RESOURCE FOR CPA EXAM PREPARATION. The authors carefully cover the following parts of the CPA exam: the business law section, the legal duties and responsibilities of accountants section, and the corporate governance portion of the business environment and concepts.
  • APPLYING THE LAW FEATURE HELPS STUDENTS USE LEGAL REASONING WITHIN CASES AND LEGAL ISSUES. The authors clearly present the Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion (IRAC) method. Students hone their abilities as each chapter’s feature provides a systematic legal analysis of a realistic situation that focuses on the single chapter's concept. Applying the Law feature appears in 14 of the book’s chapters.
  • SUMMARIES AT THE END OF EVERY CHAPTER OFFER HELPFUL REVIEW. These at-a-glance annotated outlines include key terms. They allow students to review the legal principles covered before examining the application of those principles in the chapter’s case and hypothetical problems.
  • ABUNDANT REALISTIC EXAMPLES ILLUMINATE LEGAL PRINCIPLES. Both actual and hypothetical examples throughout this edition illustrate often complex topics in the context of real-life scenarios. These memorable examples help your students gain a more concrete understanding of business law.
  • TIME-TESTED, DEPENDABLE CLASSIC SETS THE STANDARD FOR ACCURACY AND THOROUGHNESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS LAW TEXTS. Widely acclaimed for its longstanding tradition of being uniquely authoritative, comprehensive, and reliable, this edition continues to maintain its signature approach while providing up-to-date coverage of current business law topics in the printed book and supporting resources.
  • MORE THAN 220 INSIGHTFUL FIGURES, TABLES, AND DIAGRAMS ILLUSTRATE EACH CHAPTER’S DISCUSSION. These invaluable visual aids, integrated throughout the text, present a unique way for students to learn and master the book’s material.
  • NUMEROUS PRACTICAL ADVICE SCENARIOS OFFER HELPFUL INSIGHTS INTO BUSINESS LAW TODAY. These scenarios throughout the text demonstrate how readers can apply legal concepts to today's common business situations.
  • EXCELLENT ASSORTMENT OF CASES INCLUDE LANDMARK AND CURRENT CASES. The book's thorough cases are edited to preserve the language of the court and are lengthier than cases in other texts. In addition, the end-of-chapter placement and treatment of cases makes it easy to adopt a true black-letter-law case analysis approach, if you prefer to teach the material this way.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to Law.
2. Business Ethics and the Social Responsibility of Business.
3. Civil Dispute Resolution.
4. Constitutional Law.
5. Administrative Law.
6. Criminal Law.
7. Intentional Torts.
8. Negligence and Strict Liability.
9. Introduction to Contracts.
10. Mutual Assent.
11. Conduct Invalidating Assent.
12. Consideration.
13. Illegal Bargains.
14. Contractual Capacity.
15. Contracts in Writing.
16. Third Parties to Contracts.
17. Performance, Breach, and Discharge.
18. Contract Remedies.
19. Relationship of Principal and Agent.
20. Relationship with Third Parties.
21. Introduction to Sales and Leases.
22. Performance.
23. Transfer of Title and Risk of Loss.
24. Products Liability: Warranties and Strict Liability in Tort.
25. Sales Remedies.
26. Form and Content.
27. Transfer and Holder in Due Course.
28. Liability of Parties.
29. Bank Deposits, Collections, and Funds Transfers.
30. Formation and Internal Relations of General Partnerships.
31. Operation and Dissolution of General Partnerships.
32. Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies.
33. Nature, Formation, and Powers.
34. Financial Structure.
35. Management Structure.
36. Fundamental Changes.
37. Secured Transactions and Suretyship.
38. Bankruptcy.
39. Protection of Intellectual Property.
40. Antitrust.
41. Consumer Protection.
42. Employment Law.
43. Securities Regulation.
44. Accountants' Legal Liability.
45. Environmental Law.
46. International Business Law.
47. Introduction to Property, Property Insurance, Bailments, and Documents of Title.
48. Interests in Real Property.
49. Transfer and Control of Real Property.
50. Trusts and Decedents' Estates.

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