The Legal Environment of Business, 11th Edition

  • Roger E. Meiners University of Texas, Arlington
  • Al H. Ringleb CUIS and University of Iowa
  • Frances L. Edwards Clemson University
  • ISBN-10: 0538473991
  • ISBN-13: 9780538473996
  • 832 Pages Hardcover 
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS provides a detailed practical introduction to the structure and function of the legal system from the perspective of the professional non-lawyer. With a strong emphasis on the nuts and bolts of basic legal rules, this popular text effectively adapts a traditional case focus for the unique needs of business students. Incorporating clear and concise coverage of a wide range of up-to-date topics, the Eleventh Edition of this trusted text introduces key points of law through compelling business-specific examples and realistic scenarios that students can understand and appreciate. The authors' highly readable style and judicious use of humor complement their extensive knowledge and expertise, making the text both an exceptional teaching tool and a favorite among instructors and students alike.


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  • Each chapter features excerpts of multiple cases, which are integrated within the text to provide immediate practical examples of key concepts, illustrate real-life legal reasoning, and demonstrate that judges must apply rules of law to resolve disputes—not just give personal opinions.
  • With a lighthearted and entertaining approach, The Lighter Side of Law features introduce unusual cases or legal situations to provide an appealing and memorable way for students to learn important concepts.
  • Pulling It Together case questions conclude each unit to help students deepen their understanding of key legal concepts and their relationships, and to aid in comprehension and retention.
  • A list of key legal terms concludes each chapter, allowing for simplified preparation of review materials, class assignments, and questions for quizzes and exams.
  • As globalization affects more businesses, students need to understand the ways our legal system differs from those of other nations. International Perspective features are integrated throughout the text to highlight important variations in international law and provide a broader perspective on core legal concepts that apply to businesses in the United States and abroad.
  • Cyberlaw features provide short explorations, appropriate for class discussion or assignments, of applications of the law to the many developments arising from technology and e-commerce.
  • Each chapter concludes with a set of practice case problems, and several sample answers are posted on the text Web site, allowing students to verify their reasoning and improve their responses without additional guidance from an instructor. Most chapters also include an Internet assignment that directs students to specific sites to analyze online material and answer legal environment questions.

What's New

  • To help students assess their understanding of key concepts, each major section now concludes with a Test Yourself feature, which includes questions on the material just covered, as well as answers (provided upside down on the same page) so students can get immediate feedback.
  • Chapter 1, "Introducing the Modern Environment," is updated to include more information on corporate responsibility, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the 2008 global financial crisis that resulted in new laws regulating credit, banking, and securities markets.
  • Chapter 5, "Criminal Law and Business," includes more explicit information about business crimes, as well as references to other sections in the text where related legal concepts are covered in greater depth.
  • Chapter 18, "Environmental Law," includes material on sustainability, providing a useful legal perspective on this important, current business concern.
  • The Eleventh Edition features extensive updates to reflect new developments in the business law environment, as well as new cases reflecting recent court rulings and valuable perspectives on current topics of interest.
  • Issue Spotters scenarios, are updated to address practical business issues when legal input is most likely needed. These unique features teach critical-thinking skills not through case analysis, as in most textbooks, but by inviting students to analyze issues as a business manager would.

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Table of Contents

PART I: ELEMENTS OF LAW AND THE JUDICIAL PROCESS.
1. Today's Business Environment: Law and Ethics.
2. The Court Systems.
3. Trials and Resolving Disputes.
4. The Constitution: Focus on Application to Business.
5. Criminal Law and Business.
PART II: ELEMENTS OF TRADITIONAL BUSINESS LAW.
6. Elements of Torts.
7. Business Torts and Product Liability.
8. Real and Personal Property.
9. Intellectual Property.
10. Contracts.
11. Domestic and International Sales.
12. Negotiable Instruments.
13. Business Organizations.
14. Agency and the Employment Relationship.
PART III: THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS.
15. The Regulatory Process.
16. Employment and Labor Regulations.
17. Employment Discrimination.
18. Environmental Law.
19. Consumer Protection.
20. Antitrust Law.
21. Securities Regulation.
22. The International Legal Environment of Business.
Appendices.

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Enron was once the seventh-largest company on the Fortune 500. Yet, in the wake of revelations of accounting irregularities and securities fraud, it became entangled in the greatest business scandal of a generation and was essentially blinked out of existence after declaring bankruptcy. Similar accounting scandals at Global Crossing, Tyco, WorldCom, Adelphia, HealthSouth, and other companies prompted Congress to pass the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in June 2002. This revolutionary act, which embodies the most significant securities law changes since the original federal securities laws of 1933 and 1934, contains provisions that create a new federal agency, restructure the entire accounting industry, reform Wall Street practices, dramatically alter corporate governance practices here and abroad, and attack insider trading and obstruction of justice. A lot has happened since its passage. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has come into being, and the PCAOB and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) have issued countless rules to implement the SOX's many legislative mandates. This short guide focuses not only on what each part and section of the SOX means but also on what businesses need to know now that is has been implemented.

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Enhance your knowledge of business law or the legal environment with this short student guide on how law and ethics play a part in moving business and society toward (or away from) sustainability. The guide illustrates how our laws occasionally boost, but more often impose barriers to, long-term sustainable planning at both the corporate and national level. It provides supplemental materials for Constitutional law, corporate and securities law, torts and contracts, real estate law, and international law and a brief but thorough introductory chapter on sustainability, law, and ethics.

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Enron was once the seventh-largest company on the Fortune 500. Yet, in the wake of revelations of accounting irregularities and securities fraud, it became entangled in the greatest business scandal of a generation and was essentially blinked out of existence after declaring bankruptcy. Similar accounting scandals at Global Crossing, Tyco, WorldCom, Adelphia, HealthSouth, and other companies prompted Congress to pass the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in June 2002. This revolutionary act, which embodies the most significant securities law changes since the original federal securities laws of 1933 and 1934, contains provisions that create a new federal agency, restructure the entire accounting industry, reform Wall Street practices, dramatically alter corporate governance practices here and abroad, and attack insider trading and obstruction of justice. A lot has happened since its passage. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has come into being, and the PCAOB and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) have issued countless rules to implement the SOX's many legislative mandates. This short guide focuses not only on what each part and section of the SOX means but also on what businesses need to know now that is has been implemented.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Roger E. Meiners

Roger Meiners is the Goolsby Distinguished Professor in the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he teaches Legal Environment of Business.

Al H. Ringleb

Al Ringleb is Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for International Studies, University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business.

Frances L. Edwards

Frances L. Edwards is an associate professor of legal studies in the College of Business and Behavioral Studies at Clemson University.

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"As for a specific aspect of the book that particularly appeals to me, this would have to be the affable writing style that fills every chapter. The book is absolutely "reader friendly," the best that I have found among the legal environment competitors."- Jack E. Karns, East Carolina University
— Jack E. Karns
"I fully intend to propose the 11th edition for the Business Law courses here. I've been using Prof. Meiners' textbook for my entire teaching career, occasionally reviewing others, but coming back to this one. For our students, this has been close to ideal."- John King, Concorida University—Texas
— John King

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