Business Law,
15th Edition

Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller

ISBN-13: 9780357129630
Copyright 2021 | Published
1248 pages | List Price: USD $500.95

Comprehensive and authoritative, yet reader-friendly, Clarkson/Miller/Cross' BUSINESS LAW: TEXT AND CASES, 15E blends classic "black letter law" with cutting-edge coverage of contemporary issues and cases. This market-leading book offers a strong reader focus designed to make the law accessible, interesting, and relevant. Updated content and features highlight today's latest developments in business law, while cases range from precedent-setting landmarks to some of today's most important recent decisions. The authors prioritize ethics with a unique ethical decision-making framework. This edition also integrates global, e-commerce, digital, and corporate themes with insightful features, such as Digital Updates that demonstrate how digital progress is affecting the law. Numerous examples, Case in Points, Concept Summaries and MindTap digital learning solutions help you further apply the law to today's real issues.


1. Law and Legal Reasoning.
2. Business and the Constitution.
3. Ethics in Business —Appendix to Chapter 3: Costco Code of Ethics.
4. Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
5. Court Procedures.
Unit One: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Arbitration, No Class Actions.
6. Tort Law.
7. Strict Liability and Product Liability.
8. Intellectual Property Rights.
9. Internet Law, Social Media, and Privacy.
10. Criminal Law and Cyber Crime.
Unit Two: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: The Biggest Data Breach of All Time.
11. Nature and Terminology.
12. Agreement.
13. Consideration.
14. Capacity and Legality.
15. Mistakes, Fraud, and Voluntary Consent.
16. The Writing Requirement.
17. Third Party Rights.
18. Performance and Discharge.
19. Breach of Contract and Remedies.
Unit Three: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Fantasy Sports—Legal Gambling?
20. Sales and Lease Contracts —Appendix to Chapter 20: An International Sales Contract.
21. Title, Risk, and Insurable Interest.
22. Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts.
23. Warranties.
24. International and Space Law.
Unit Four: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Success in Global Commerce.
25. Negotiable Instruments.
26. Transferability and Holder in Due Course.
27. Liability, Defenses, and Discharge.
28. Banking.
Unit Five: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Virtual Currency—Is It Safe?
29. Creditors’ Rights and Remedies.
30. Secured Transactions.
31. Bankruptcy Law.
Unit Six: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Federal Student Loans—Default and Discharge.
32. Agency Formation and Duties.
33. Agency Liability and Termination.
34. Employment, Immigration, and Labor Law.
35. Employment Discrimination.
Unit Seven: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Health Insurance and Small Business.
36. Small Businesses and Franchises.
37. All Forms of Partnerships.
38. Limited Liability Companies and Special Business Forms.
39. Corporate Formation and Financing.
40. Corporate Directors, Officers, and Shareholders.
41. Mergers and Takeovers.
42. Investor Protection, Insider Trading, and Corporate Governance.
Unit Eight: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Business Start-ups.
43. Administrative Agencies.
44. Consumer Law.
45. Environmental Protection.
46. Antitrust Law.
47. Professional Liability and Accountability.
Unit Nine: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Climate Change.
48. Personal Property and Bailments.
49.Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law.
50. Insurance.
51. Wills and Trusts.
Unit Ten: Task-Based Simulation - Application and Ethics: Business Planning and Divorce.
A. How to Brief Cases and Analyze Case Problems.
B. Answers to the Issue Spotters.
C. Sample Answers for Business Case Problems with Sample Answer.

  • Kenneth W. Clarkson

  • Roger LeRoy Miller

    Roger LeRoy Miller, Ph.D. has served on the faculty of several universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law. As a professor, he has taught intellectual property law and entertainment law, among other subjects. A widely published and respected author, his work has appeared in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous authoritative textbooks on law, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES; BUSINESS LAW TODAY: TEXT & SUMMARIZED CASES; and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY. Professor Miller completed his studies at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Chicago.

  • NEW EMPHASIS ON ETHICAL DECISIONS USES UNIQUE IDDR APPROACH. A revised chapter on ethics in business (Ch. 3) offers practical steps for applying ethical principles and reasoning to everyday business decisions. Current content minimizes the gap between theoretical ethical principles and applying principles in the working world. The authors have also developed a new framework -- the IDDR Approach with four logical steps: Inquiry, Discussion, Decision, and Review -- to guide students in making ethical business decisions.

  • NEW DETAILED SAMPLE SCENARIO GUIDES STUDENTS IN APPLYING IDDR FRAMEWORK. To help you present and demonstrate the IDDR Approach in action, this edition provides a detailed Sample Scenario that questions whether or not to include a celebrity photo in a company’s social media marketing campaign. Students must apply the IDDR Approach (Inquiry, Discussion, Decision, and Review steps) to arrive at a solution.

  • NEW LEARNING TOOLS HELP STUDENTS MASTER ETHICS AND THE IDDR APPROACH. The newly revised ethics in business chapter now features learning tools to reinforce the IDDR Approach and ethical concerns. A new exhibit, “An Analysis of Ethical Approaches to the Sample Dilemma,” assists in applying the IDDR Approach while a new Ethics Today feature, “Applying the IDDR Framework,” emphasizes strategies and perspectives of the new IDDR Approach. In addition, a new appendix, “Costco’s Code of Ethics,” demonstrates how company management guidelines direct employees in ethical standards and behavior.

  • NEW “A QUESTION OF ETHICS” IN EVERY CHAPTER CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO CONSIDER ETHICAL DILEMMAS. This entire edition reinforces the application of the IDDR Approach as students use its various steps to answer “A Question of Ethics” in each chapter after Chapter 3. To challenge students in analyzing the ethical angles in today’s business legal environment, updated “A Question of Ethics” problems feature cases as recent as 2017 and 2018. Suggested answers appear in the Answers Manual.

  • NEW HYPOTHETICAL BUSINESS LAW CHALLENGES OPEN EACH CHAPTER TO PIQUE READER INTEREST. Many of this edition's chapter introductions feature realistic example of business law issues facing today's managers, companies, and even industries. These scenarios -- often based on real cases or business situations -- provide a real-world connection that generates student interest and highlights special legal concepts that the chapter presents.

  • NEW TASK-BASED SIMULATIONS CONCLUDE EACH UNIT. Ten new Task-Based Simulations -- one at the end of each of this edition's units -- present an engaging, realistic business situation. The Simulations then ask readers a series of probing questions about how the law applies to various actions taken by the firm in the scenario. To answer the questions students must apply the laws discussed throughout the unit. Suggested answers appear in the Answers Manual.

  • “In the News” engages students in a brief research activity in which they search out and comment on recent developments in today’s legal environment. This activity, found within MindTap, engages students in active learning and application. This activity replaces the previous editions’ video activities to connect key concepts in the text with today’s business and life.

  • CRITICAL-THINKING FEATURES HELP ADDRESS AACSB CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT. Special Critical Thinking sections respond to the AACSB curriculum requirements to explore global, political, ethical, social, environmental, technological, and cultural contexts of business law. Located in select chapters, most of these features cover new, timely topics, practical to both everyday life and business. Many of the four critical-thinking features -- Digital Update, Ethics Today, Managerial Strategy, and Global Insight -- are updated or entirely new to this edition.

  • COMPREHENSIVE END-OF-CHAPTER FEATURES HELPS STUDENTS REVIEW AND APPLY CONCEPTS. At the conclusion of each chapter, varied and comprehensive review activities explore chapter concepts, relationships, and applications of business law. You can assign these exercises or use them as starting points for meaningful classroom discussions. Students are challenged to apply legal concepts and issues to everyday scenarios and real-life case problems.

  • "PRACTICE AND REVIEW" FEATURES HELP SOLIDIFY UNDERSTANDING OF EACH CHAPTER’S MATERIALS. The “Practice and Review” learning tool in each chapter presents a hypothetical, yet realistic, scenario and asks a series of questions that requires the reader to identify key issues and apply legal concepts.

  • "DEBATE THIS" FEATURE SPURS LIVELY CLASSROOM DISCUSSION. The "Debate This" feature follows each "Practice and Review" and offers a brief statement or intriguing question concerning the chapter material. You can use these "Debate This" topics to prompt meaningful classroom dialogue, to guide small group assignments, or even drive written assignments.

  • "TERMS AND CONCEPTS" ENSURE STUDENTS FULLY UNDERSTAND IMPORTANT LEGAL TERMS. This helpful list presents all of the chapter’s boldfaced key terms at a glance and provides the page number where each term can be found. In addition, a glossary at the end of this edition contains a newly revised set of clear definitions for each key term and concept.

  • "ISSUE SPOTTERS" FACILITATE STUDENT REVIEW AND RETENTION. These "Issue Spotters" features draw special attention to each chapter’s critical concepts or key points of law. Sample answers to these features are available in Appendix B to allow students to check their work as they progress.

  • "BUSINESS SCENARIOS" AND "CASE PROBLEMS” GUIDE STUDENTS IN PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF CONCEPTS. Hypothetical, yet realistic, “Business Scenarios” require students to identify relevant legal issues and apply them effectively within the scenario presented. In addition, "Case Problems" drawn from actual U.S. cases highlight legal concepts covered in the chapter and enable students to review the material while applying it. Special "Business Case Problem with Sample Answer" features in each chapter allow students to check their answers as they move forward.

  • SHORT-TERM GROUP ASSIGNMENTS ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION. These time-limited group assignments and activities encourage students to work together to resolve a specific business scenario’s legal issue or problem covered in the chapter. You can use these projects in class discussions or assign them for group projects.

  • MINDTAP DIGITAL SOLUTION PROVIDES AN ENGAGING, PERSONALIZED LEARNING SOLUTION. Power your students from memorization to mastery as MindTap's personalized learning path guides students through activities that engage and teach them to apply, and analyze today's business law. New "In the News" highlights the latest developments while a complete digital library, Guided Readings, Hypothetical Applications and Case Analyses keep students involved. Adaptive Test Prep helps students study for exams. You have complete control with the power to customize the course to your needs.

  • INSTRUCTOR’S COMPANION WEBSITE OFFERS SUPPORT FOR TEACHING AND GAUGING STUDENT PERFORMANCE. The Instructor’s Companion Website includes comprehensive time-saving tools. The password-protected digital Instructor’s Manual provides detailed chapter outlines, talking points, and additional materials for certain cases, footnotes, and key concepts. In addition, the Answers Manual supplies answers to all questions in this edition. The Test Bank offers comprehensive exam materials using multiple-choice, true/false, and short essay questions. You can also find Case-Problem Cases and Case Printouts.

  • DIVERSITY OF CASES VARY FROM CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY CASES. In keeping with the book’s strong reputation for outstanding cases, this edition continues to offer Classic Cases and Spotlight Cases as well as many new cases. Nearly every chapter offers one case from 2018. Cases are excerpted in the language of the court and are carefully edited to appeal to students while illustrating how courts interpret and apply the law.

  • HIGHLIGHTED AND NUMBERED EXAMPLES AND "CASE IN POINTS" MAKE CONCEPTS AND TERMS MORE RELATABLE TO STUDENTS. Students understand the concepts of business law better when the information is placed within the context of today's real-world applications. To build upon this, this edition now features more than 100 new Case in Points and more than 50 new, current examples.

  • EXHIBITS AND CONCEPT SUMMARIES ILLUSTRATE IMPORTANT BUSINESS LAW CONCEPTS. Revised and redesigned Exhibits and Concept Summaries effectively clarify and highlight the chapter’s most important content. These easily accessible visual representations emphasize the terms and concepts that are important to remember for students.

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