The Legal Environment of Business,
11th Edition

Frank B. Cross, Roger LeRoy Miller

ISBN-13: 9780357129760
Copyright 2021 | Published
784 pages | List Price: USD $291.95

Cross/Miller's market-leading THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS: TEXT AND CASES, 11E delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge coverage using an interesting, understandable approach. You master vital skills as you study the legal environment within the context of law in today's increasingly regulated business world. Dozens of examples, business-oriented features, and step-by-step analyses place every topic within a meaningful context. You learn how today's legal environment is more about the constraints of business than the simple rules of law with this book's focus on managerial decision-making and current events. This edition makes ethics a priority with a new framework -- the IDDR Approach -- for making ethical decisions. The authors focus less on “black letter law” and more on broader issues that correspond to what business owners and managers face. Updated cases, content, and learning features present the latest developments and skills to succeed in today's legal landscape.


1. Law and Legal Reasoning.
2. Business and the Constitution.
3. Ethics in Business.
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.
11. International and Space Law.
Unit Two. Task-Based Simulation. Application and Ethics: One of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever.
12. Formation of Traditional and E-Contracts.
13. Contract Performance, Breach, and Remedies.
14. Sales and Lease Contracts.
15. Creditor-Debtor Relations and Bankruptcy.
Unit Three: Task-Based Simulation. Application and Ethics: Fantasy Sports—Legal Gambling?
16. Small Businesses and Franchises.
17. Limited Liability Business Forms.
18. Corporations.
19. Agency Relationships.
20. Employment Law.
21. Employment Discrimination.
22. Immigration and Labor Law.
Unit Four: Task-Based Simulation. Application and Ethics: Health Insurance and Small Business.
23. Administrative Agencies.
24. Consumer Protection.
25. Environmental Law.
26. Real Property and Land-Use Control.
27. Antitrust Law.
28. Investor Protection and Corporate Governance.
Unit Five: Task-Based Simulation. Application and Ethics: Climate Change
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.

  • Frank B. Cross

    Frank B. Cross is the Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor of Business Law at The University of Texas at Austin Law School, where his research centers on judicial decision-making, the economics of law and litigation and traditional policy and doctrinal issues in administrative law. He has written several books as well as pieces for the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, New York University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review and UCLA Law Review. A former president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Professor Cross received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • 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 LEARNING TOOLS HELP STUDENTS MASTER ETHICS AND THE IDDR APPROACH. The newly revised ethics in business chapter now features effective pedagogical 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 each chapter’s “A Question of Ethics.” To challenge students in analyzing the ethical angles in today’s business legal environment, updated “A Question of Ethics” problems feature recent 2017, 2018, or 2019 cases. Suggested answers appear in the Answers Manual.

  • NEW REALISTIC BUSINESS LAW CHALLENGES OPEN EACH CHAPTER TO PIQUE READER INTEREST. Many of this edition's chapter introductions feature realistic examples 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. These new Task-Based Simulations at the end of each of this edition's five units each 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.

  • COMPREHENSIVE DIGITAL VIDEO LIBRARY OFFERS EXTENSIVE RESOURCES FOR STUDY. This edition now provides the entire Digital Video Library within MindTap online resources. For your convenience and ease in locating exactly what you need, the digital library is organized by topic and clearly labeled.

  • 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 and the legal environment. 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. Varied activities explore chapter concepts, relationships, and applications to the legal environment. Students apply legal concepts to everyday scenarios and actual case problems. In addition, skills-building practice and review features solidify understanding of chapter material. "Debate This" spurs lively classroom discussion, while Terms and Concepts clarify critical legal terms. "Issue Spotters" guide review, business scenarios and case problems highlight practical applications, and group assignments encourage collaboration.

  • MINDTAP DIGITAL SOLUTION PROVIDES AN ENGAGING, PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Power your students from memorization to mastery as MindTap's personalized learning path guides students through activities that engage, apply, and analyze today's legal environment. New "In the News" highlights the latest developments while a complete digital library, Guided Readings, Hypothetical Applications and Case Analyses offer additional resources. 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 based on a 2018 or 2019 issue, challenge or event. 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 LEGAL CONCEPTS AND TERMS MORE RELATABLE TO STUDENTS. Students understand legal concepts better when the information is placed within the context of today's real-world applications. To build upon this, this 11th Edition now features more than fifty new Case in Points and more than twenty-five new, current examples.

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

  • WORKSHEETS WITH GUIDED READING ACTIVITIES ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE STUDENT PREPARATION BEFORE CLASS. These carefully prepared hands-on activities hold students accountable and ensure that students read assignments and come to class prepared.

  • BRIEF, FOCUSED HYPOTHETICAL APPLICATIONS ENGAGE STUDENTS IN ANALYSIS AND ACTIVE LEARNING. These applications with brief, realistic scenarios help students identify issues and apply the law correctly within the specific context that is identified within the scenarios.

  • CASE PROBLEM ANALYSES GUIDE STUDENTS THROUGH PROVEN, MULTI-STEP PROCESS. Students learn to dissect the facts with a scaffolding methodology or series of questions in an IRAC (Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion) format. Using this critical-thinking process, students can arrive at the decision of the court. "What if the Facts Were Different" asks students to apply a similar critical-thinking process to a modified situation. Finally, "Putting it into Practice" provides a short, optional writing component where the student advocates and defends a position with related business implications.

  • BUSINESS CASE ACTIVITIES DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING AND LEGAL REASONING. Using relevant real-world business scenarios, these exercises challenge students to advocate, evaluate and make business decisions. A variety of flexible assessments include discussion questions, multiple-choice, short answer, essay, group work and ethical dilemma activities. These activities work well in large or small classrooms and in traditional or online courses to promote individual or group assignments.

  • ADAPTIVE TEST PREP WITHIN MINDTAP GUIDES STUDENTS IN STUDY FOR EXAMS. Unlimited practice tests and quizzes with individualized feedback is designed to help students better understand the course concepts. All practice test questions are specific to this edition. Students receive immediate feedback with a remediation path. Feedback includes eBook links back to the corresponding reading, written remediation, and video walk-throughs with Quick Coach Videos.

  • LEADING CPA PREPARATION CONTENT FROM BECKER PREPARES STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS ON CPA EXAM. Students work with CPA review questions from Becker Professional Education®-- one of the industry's most effective tools to prepare for the CPA Exam. Becker has been a leader in test preparation for 60 years, helping more than one million candidates prepare for the CPA Exam by offering a powerful, personalized, efficient review. Your students can use pre- and post-course assessment as well as tagged questions within MindTap's Adaptive Test Prep to become CPA Exam-ready.

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