Business Law and the Legal Environment, Standard Edition,
8th Edition

Jeffrey F. Beatty, Susan S. Samuelson, Patricia Sanchez Abril

ISBN-13: 9781337404532 | ISBN-10: 1337404535

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 1376 pages

List Price USD $249.95


Discover the business law text you’ll actually enjoy reading. Time after time, students like you have commented that this is the best text they have ever read and they had no idea law could be so interesting. The student choice every time, BUSINESS LAW AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT, STANDARD EDITION, 8E is packed with current examples and real scenarios that bring law to life for today’s business student. Extremely reader-friendly, this engaging presentation uses conversational writing to explain complex topics in easy-to-understand language. Memorable real-world stories help the authors illustrate how legal concepts apply to everyday business practice. This edition emphasizes the digital landscape with new information on privacy and intellectual property. An updated ethics chapter offers a practical approach, using the latest research to explain why people make unethical decisions.

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Meet the Authors

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Jeffrey F. Beatty earned his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and J.D. from Boston University. He has practiced law at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he has represented indigent clients. Professor Beatty has earned The Metcalf Cup and Prize, Boston University’s highest teaching award. In addition to his legal research and writings, Professor Beatty has written both plays and television scripts that have been performed in Boston, London and Amsterdam.

Susan S. Samuelson earned her A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University. She has practiced corporate law with Choate, Hall and Stewart. Professor Samuelson has earned the Broderick Prize for excellence in teaching at the Questrom School. A highly respected legal professional, she has written numerous articles on legal issues for scholarly and popular journals, including the American Business Law Journal, Ohio State Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, National Law Journal, Sloan Management Review, Inc. Magazine and Boston Magazine.

Patricia Sánchez Abril earned her B.A. from Duke University and J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law with Hunton & Williams, LLP as well as Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Professor Abril has been awarded the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Distinguished Junior Faculty Award and Outstanding Proceedings, the Hoeber Memorial Award for Excellence in Research and the University of Miami Faculty Senate Outstanding Teaching Award. Professor Abril’s research has appeared in numerous professional and scholarly journals, such as the American Business Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Florida Law Review, Houston Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review and Columbia Business Law Journal.

  • THOROUGHLY REVIEWED INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS NOW OFFER SIGNFICANT IMPROVEMENTS. Digital and traditional resources save you time in class preparation and grading in this edition’s comprehensive support package.
  • NEW CASES AS RECENT AS 2016 NOW APPEAR THROUGHOUT THIS EDITION. The authors use today’s most current legal topics and timely cases to illustrate legal principles in practice.
  • EXAM STRATEGY AND EXAM REVIEW FEATURES HELP STUDENTS EFFICIENTLY PREPARE FOR EXAMS. These comprehension study tools at the end of each chapter help your students check their progress and review their understanding of concepts for exam success. In Exam Strategy features, the authors pose a question, teach students how to analyze the problem and then provide the answer. With Exam Reviews students check their comprehension as they practice legal principles. Answers to the odd-numbered problems in an appendix.
  • THE BOOK’S SIGNATURE STUDENT-FRIENDLY WRITING STYLE PUTS LEGAL CONCEPTS INTO CONTEXT. The authors use familiar real-world scenarios and a reader-friendly conversational tone throughout the book to engage readers and help students gain a thorough understanding of material.
  • COMPREHENSIVE ONLINE DIGITAL RESOURCES SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING. Your students gain access to Case Collection and Adaptive Test Prep, both available in MindTap®. Case Collection offers more than 1200 interactive cases that you can assign. Cases are sortable by name, year, state and subject matter. Whiteboard videos are also available to clarify and build on concepts from the book.
  • "YOU BE THE JUDGE" CASES PROVIDES THE FACTS AS WELL AS ARGUMENTS FROM BOTH SIDES. These cases, which appear in each chapter, present both sides of the case and initially omit the court’s final decisions to facilitate class discussion and allow your students to think through the problems themselves.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to Law.
2. Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
3. International Law.
4. Common Law, Statutory Law, and Administrative Law.
5. Constitutional Law.
6. Dispute Resolution.
7. Crime.
Unit 2: TORTS.
8. Intentional Torts and Business Torts.
9. Negligence, Strict Liability, and Product Liability.
10. Privacy and Internet Law.
11. Introduction to Contracts.
12. Agreement: Offers and Acceptances.
13. Consideration.
14. Legality.
15. Voidable Contracts: Capacity and Consent.
16. Written Contracts.
17. Third Parties.
18. Contract Termination.
19. Remedies.
20. Practical Contracts.
Unit 4: SALES.
21. Introduction to Sales.
22. Ownership, Risk and Warranties.
23. Performance and Remedies.
24. Secured Transactions.
25. Creating a Negotiable Instrument.
26. Liability for Negotiable Instruments.
27. Accountants' Liability.
28. Agency Law.
29. Employment and Labor Law.
30. Employment Discrimination.
31. Starting a Business: LLCs and Other Options.
32. Partnerships.
33. Life and Death of a Corporation.
34. Management Duties.
35. Shareholder Rights.
36. Bankruptcy.
37. Securities Regulation.
38. Antitrust.
39. Consumer Protection.
40. Environmental Law.
41. Intellectual Property.
42. Real Property and Landlord Tenant Law.
43. Personal Property and Bailment.
44. Planning for the Future: Wills, Trusts and Insurance
Appendix A: The Constitution of the U.S.
Appendix B: The UCC.
Appendix C: Answer Key for Selected End-of-Chapter Questions.

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