Essentials of Business Law,
7th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780357633960
Copyright 2022 | Published
1296 pages | List Price: USD $375.95

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, Beatty/Samuelson/Abril's ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS LAW, 7E is packed with current examples and real-life scenarios relevant to you -- from marijuana contracts to the impact of Covid-19 and #MeToo in the workplace. This reader-friendly book uses conversational writing to explain complex topics in easy-to-understand language. Because the authors actually practiced law before teaching, they are able to explain how law really works in everyday business practice. The authors have carefully selected topics sure to pique your interest. This edition emphasizes today's 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. MindTap digital resources further reinforce learning with more than 1200 cases.


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.

  • Jeffrey F. Beatty

    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

    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 Abril

    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.

  • NEW CONTENT ON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ADDRESSES LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHTS. The authors apply their years of law practice to discuss the legal challenges, conflicts and progress surrounding today's LGBTQ civil rights.

  • NEW MATERIAL ON INTERNATIONAL LAW DISCUSSES EU'S RECENT PRIVACY LAWS, NEW AGREEMENTS AND BEST PRACTICES. This edition examines the worldwide impact and effects of the EU's sweeping privacy laws on the internet. New content also examines NAFTA 2.0: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In addition, students learn best practices when contracting internationally.

  • NEW DISCUSSION ON NEGLIGENCE EXAMINES A UNIVERSITY’S DUTY OF CARE TO ITS STUDENTS. The authors present this topic of personal interest to students as new content examines the legal implications of the recent legislation that a university has a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the physical and mental health, safety and well being of staff and students.

  • NEW CONTENT DISCUSSES RECENT LEGAL RULING AND LEGAL CHALLENGES RELATED TO PRIVACY. Engaging new information details the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Students also examine Google and Facebook’s privacy challenges and review legislation regarding revenge porn.

  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF AGREEMENTS (CH. 12) HIGHLIGHTS ONLINE AGREEMENTS AND THEIR ENFORCEABILITY. This edition offers enhanced coverage of click wrap, browse wrap and hybrid wrap agreements on the internet today as well as the rapidly developing laws behind them.

  • NEW CONTENT ADDRESSES LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING MARIJUANA TODAY. Students discuss the legality of marijuana and today's legal enforcement of marijuana contracts.

  • NEW INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS TRENDS AND LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT LAW AND DISCRIMINATION. This latest content presents new laws governing Covid-19 in the workplace. Students also examine the emerging trend of fair workweek laws, #MeToo in the workplace and new rules regarding parental leaves. In addition, new material examines discrimination based on appearance, including attractiveness, weight, hair and parental status.

  • NEW INFORMATION IN BANKRUPTCY PROVIDES ADDITIONAL LEGAL INFORMATION RELATED TO STUDENTS LOANS. Another topic of inherent interest to college students today, this edition offers updated content and an enhanced section that explores the legal aspects of today's student loans.

  • NEW COVERAGE ADDRESSES THE LATEST ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) ISSUES. Updated content presents a new movement that calls on companies to consider not only the interests of their shareholders, but also broader societal interests. Content on board diversity highlights a new law in California that sets a quota for women directors.

  • NEW INFORMATION ON SECURITIES PREVIEWS DIRECT LISTINGS AND THEIR LEGAL IMPLICATIONS. Students examine the legal issues related to this latest trend in public offerings from today's tech companies.

  • NEW COVERAGE EXAMINES THE MOST RECENT ANTITRUST ISSUES FACING TODAY'S TECH COMPANIES. Students examine the regulatory threats and antitrust laws surrounding many of today's tech giants.

  • NEW COVERAGE IN CONSUMER LAW EXAMINES LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO ONLINE PAYMENT OPTIONS. Students review emerging legal issues consumers today face when using Venmo, Google Pay or Apple Pay.

  • NEW CONTENT ADDRESSES CASES AND RULINGS RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. New material examines fuel efficiency rules, climate change and two new Supreme Court cases on the Superfund program and wastewater treatment.

  • NEW DISCUSSIONS HIGHLIGHTS RECENT DECISIONS ON IMMORAL OR SCANDALOUS MARKS IN TODAY'S TRADEMARK LAW. Students review the Supreme Court's recent strike down of the ban on scandalous trademarks and the related legal issues.

  • NEW CONTENT WITHIN ESTATE PLANNING EXAMINES E-WILLS. New discussions review the pros, cons, recent legal decisions and implications surrounding e-wills.

  • ENGAGING CONTENT ENCOURAGES MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION AND RETENTION. The authors have carefully crafted a reader-friendly presentation filled with stories that your students will enjoy reading. This intriguing presentation also draws students into memorable class discussions. In addition, vivid and entertaining fact patterns help students retain what they learn as they remember the stories.

  • RELEVANT CONTENT INSPIRES WILLINGNESS TO PARTICIPATE AND LEARN. With this book's meaningful content, your students see the importance of a law course and emerge better prepared to negotiate contracts, join the workforce, start companies and invest in businesses.

  • EMPHASIS ON ETHICS PREPARES STUDENTS FOR DIFFICULT LEGAL AND BUSINESS DECISIONS. Students become engaged and master important skills as they analyze ethical quandaries that are interesting and relevant to their world. Ethical questions threaded throughout the text prompt students to understand the important relationship between today's law and ethics.

  • LEARNING FEATURES AND CONTENT HONES CRITICAL BUSINESS SKILLS. The authoritative, yet understandable content of this edition with supporting cases and proven learning features helps students prepare for exams and engage in meaningful class discussions while strengthening critical thinking skills.

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