Smith & Roberson's Business Law,
18th Edition

Richard A. Mann, Barry S. Roberts

ISBN-13: 9780357364000
Copyright 2023 | Published
1320 pages | List Price: USD $500.95

Trust SMITH & ROBERSON'S BUSINESS LAW, 18E for today's most complete, credible presentation of business law -- now updated with content that reflects the latest developments and emerging trends. This comprehensive book details business law with coverage that helps you prepare for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam's business law area within the regulation section. This edition's cases blend landmark and current decisions with edits to preserve the language of the court. More than 200 figures, diagrams and summaries further clarify 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 today.


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.

  • Richard A. Mann

    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

    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.

  • UPDATED COVERAGE ADDRESSES THE LATEST EMERGING ISSUES AND CHANGES. Students review topics such as the 2016 Revised Model Business Corporation Act, Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016, Consumer Protection Act of 2018, recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s amendments, Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule and Navigable Waters Protection Rule, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Export Controls Act of 2018, International Antitrust Enforcement Assistance Act of 1994 and the Model Residential Mortgage Satisfaction Act.

  • NEW, RELEVANT CASES DEMONSTRATE THE PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE OF CONCEPTS STUDENTS ARE LEARNING. Many of this edition’s chapters include new cases that address some of today's most current legal issues. In addition, a number of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions are explored or discussed.

  • SUMMARIES AT THE END OF EVERY CHAPTER OFFER HELPFUL REVIEW. These at-a-glance annotated outlines highlight key terms. Students are able to review the legal principles covered before examining the application of those principles in the chapter’s case and hypothetical problems.

  • "APPLYING THE LAW" FEATURE HELPS STUDENTS APPLY LEGAL REASONING TO CURRENT CASES AND DEVELOPING LEGAL ISSUES. This feature incorporates the proven Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion (IRAC) method. Students hone their abilities as each chapter’s "Applying the Law" feature provides a systematic legal analysis of a realistic situation that focuses on the chapter's concept. The "Applying the Law" feature appears in 14 of the book’s chapters.

  • NUMEROUS PRACTICAL ADVICE SCENARIOS OFFER HELPFUL INSIGHTS INTO BUSINESS LAW TODAY. These scenarios throughout this edition demonstrate how readers can apply the latest legal concepts to today's common business situations.

  • THIS BOOK SERVES AS AN EXCELLENT, PROVEN RESOURCE FOR CPA EXAM PREPARATION. The authors carefully cover material included in the CPA Exam's Area II (Business Law) of the regulation section to help your students prepare for success on this exam.

  • TIME-TESTED, DEPENDABLE PRESENTATION SETS THE STANDARD FOR ACCURACY AND THOROUGHNESS. Widely acclaimed for its uniquely authoritative, comprehensive and reliable presentation, this leading undergraduate business law text continues to maintain its signature approach. Students find the most up-to-date coverage of current business law topics throughout both the printed book and supporting resources.

  • EXCELLENT ASSORTMENT OF CASES INCLUDES LANDMARK AND CURRENT CASES. The book's thorough cases are edited to preserve the language of the court. 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.

  • ABUNDANT REALISTIC EXAMPLES ILLUMINATE THE LATEST LEGAL PRINCIPLES. Both actual and hypothetical examples throughout this edition illustrate complex legal topics from this edition within the context of real-life scenarios. These memorable examples help your students gain a more concrete understanding of business law.

  • 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. An end-of-chapter "Taking Sides" feature helps students also develop critical-thinking skills needed in today's business environment. Students 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.

  • MORE THAN 200 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 this edition's principles and applications of business law.

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