Business Law,
16th Edition

Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller

ISBN-13: 9780357985533
Copyright 2025 | Published
1136 pages | List Price: USD $500.95

Comprehensive and authoritative, yet student-friendly, Clarkson/Miller's BUSINESS LAW: TEXT AND CASES, 16th Edition, 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 that demonstrate how digital progress is affecting the law. Numerous examples, Case in Points 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.
4. Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
5. Court Procedures.
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. 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.
20. Sales and Lease Contracts.
21. Title, Risk, and Insurable Interest.
22. Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts.
23. Warranties.
24. International and Space Law.
25. Negotiable Instruments.
26. Transferability and Holder in Due Course.
27. Liability, Defenses, and Discharge.
28. Banking.
29. Creditors’ Rights and Remedies.
30. Secured Transactions.
31. Bankruptcy Law.
32. Agency Formation and Duties.
33. Agency Liability and Termination.
34. Employment, Immigration, and Labor Law.
35. Employment Discrimination.
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.
43. Administrative Agencies.
44. Consumer Law.
45. Environmental Protection.
46. Antitrust Law.
47. Professional Liability and Accountability.
Unit X: Property and Its Protection.
48. Personal Property and Bailments.
49. Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law.
50. Insurance.
51. Wills and Trusts.
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.
Table of Cases.

  • 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.

  • The all-new feature, Cybersecurity and the Law, explores what the law says about the cybersecurity issues businesses inevitably face.

  • Updated “Cases in Point” and Highlighted Examples make concepts and terms more relatable to students through real-world application. This edition features more than 100 new examples and almost as many new Cases in Point, while many retained Cases in Point include additional citations to cases in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

  • The updated critical-thinking features -- Cybersecurity and the Law, Digital Update, Ethics Today, Managerial Strategy -- cover timely topics by exploring global, political, ethical, social, environmental, technological and cultural contexts of business law.

  • COMPREHENSIVE END-OF-CHAPTER FEATURES HELP STUDENTS REVIEW AND APPLY CONCEPTS. At the conclusion of each chapter, varied and comprehensive review activities explore chapter concepts and challenge students to apply legal concepts and issues to everyday scenarios and real-life case problems.

  • DIVERSITY OF CASES VARY FROM CLASSIC TO CONTEMPORARY CASES. In keeping with the book’s strong reputation for outstanding cases, this edition has added more than a hundred new cases and case problems, most from 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, and continues to offer Classic Cases and Spotlight Cases. 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.

  • "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.

  • 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 visual representations emphasize the terms and concepts that are important to remember for students.

  • The IDDR Approach. This edition continues to use the IDDR approach, which is presented in Chapter 3. After Chapter 3, in order to reinforce the application of the IDDR approach, students are asked to use this approach when answering each chapter’s “A Question of Ethics.”

  • Coverage of Topics on the CPA Exam. The 16th edition incorporates information on both the core and discipline sections of the new CPA exam model, specifically addressing the following: agency law, contracts, business structure and debtor-creditor relationships. In addition, this edition continues to cover topics that are essential to new CPAs who are working with sophisticated business clients, regardless of whether the CPA exam covers these topics.

  • "ISSUE SPOTTERS" FACILITATE STUDENT REVIEW AND RETENTION. The "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.

  • Task-Based Simulations. These features conclude each of the ten units in the 16th edition. Students are presented with a hypothetical business situation and then asked a series of questions about how the law applies to various actions taken by the firm.

  • 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. Activities like “Why Does [Topic] Matter to Me,” “Learn It” and “Chapter Quizzes,” as well as application-driven chapter activities, all keep students engaged and informed. You have complete control with the power to customize the course to your needs.

  • Cengage Instructor Center is an all-in-one resource for class preparation, presentation and testing. The instructor resources available for download include the Instructor’s Manual, Solution and Answer Guide, Test Bank and PowerPoint Slides.

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