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Business Law Today: Comprehensive: Text and Cases, 9th Edition

  • Roger LeRoy Miller Institute for University Studies, Arlington, Texas
  • Gaylord A. Jentz University of Texas at Austin, Emeritus
  • ISBN-10: 0538452803  |  ISBN-13: 9780538452809
  • 1224 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

BUSINESS LAW TODAY: COMPREHENSIVE immerses students in the excitement of cutting-edge business law with a wide selection of intriguing new cases and thorough coverage of the latest developments in the field. The Ninth Edition of this successful textbook makes the study of business law appealing and relevant for today’s students—without sacrificing the legal credibility and comprehensive coverage that have made the text a trusted favorite among instructors. Each chapter's visually engaging, time-tested learning tools illustrate how law is applied to real-world business problems—and how landmark cases, statutes, and other laws are having a significant impact on the way businesses operate both within the United States and across the globe.

Features and Benefits

  • To encourage critical thinking, many learning tools and all cases conclude with special features to promote in-depth analysis and understanding, including For Critical Analysis, What If the Facts Were Different?, Why Is This Case Important?, Why Is This Case Important to Businesspersons?, Critical Thinking and Writing Assignments, and Case Analysis Questions.
  • Beyond Our Borders features build awareness of the global legal environment by indicating how international laws or the laws of other nations deal with specific legal concepts or topics. Each of these features concludes with a For Critical Analysis question.
  • To help students evaluate and enhance their understanding of key concepts, each chapter concludes with a Reviewing section, including a Hypothetical Question that presents an invented scenario followed by a series of questions requiring students to identify important issues and apply legal concepts. Answers to Hypothetical Questions are available both in an appendix within the text and on the companion Web site.
  • Numerous features increase student interest and aid learning by exploring the practical applications of key concepts. Landmark in the Law features discuss a case, statute, or other law with significant impact; Applications give practical advice on applying the law to real-world business problems; Management Perspectives describe practical issues facing management; and Preventing Legal Disputes offer guidance on steps businesspeople can take to avoid legal disputes and litigation.
  • In addition to a full chapter on ethics, Ethical Issues features in most chapters address an ethical dimension of key legal concepts, many cases conclude with an Ethical Consideration feature probing the ethical ramifications of the court's decision, and end-of-chapter materials include a special A Question of Ethics case problem.
  • Adapting the Law to the Online Environment features found in most chapters enhance the text's strong, integrated Internet law coverage by focusing on specific court cases involving disputes arising in the online environment.
  • Cases are presented in an excerpted (language of the court) format to give students the opportunity to read portions of actual court opinions. Extended Case Studies at the end of each unit highlight a recent court case relating to a key topic, and landmark and classic cases are emphasized with a special heading and logo, as well as a Comment section stressing how important the court's decision has been to the evolution of the law.
  • Featured Cases, included in selected chapters, are presented entirely in the words of the court so that students can learn how judges reason through legal questions. Each case concludes with a series of questions designed to help students evaluate and enhance their understanding of the case.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS.
1. The Legal Environment.
2. Constitutional Law.
3. Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
4. Torts and Cyber Torts.
5. Intellectual Property and Internet Law.
6. Criminal Law.
7. Cyber Crime.
8. Ethics and Business Decision Making.
PART II: CONTRACTS.
9. Nature and Classification.
10. Agreement in Traditional and E-Contracts.
11. Consideration.
12. Capacity and Legality.
13. Voluntary Consent.
14. The Statute of Frauds—Writing Requirement.
15. Performance and Discharge.
16. Breach and Remedies.
17. Third Party Rights.
PART III: COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS.
18. The Formation of Sales and Lease Contracts.
19. Title and Risk of Loss
20. Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts.
21. Warranties and Product Liability.
22. Negotiable Instruments: Transferability and Liability.
23. Checks and Banking in the Digital Age.
24. Security Interests in Personal Property.
25. Other Creditors' Remedies and Suretyship.
26. Bankruptcy.
27. International Law in a Global Economy.
Part IV: AGENCY AND EMPLOYMENT LAW.
28. Agency Relationships in Business.
29. Employment, Immigration, and Labor Law.
30. Employment Discrimination.
PART V: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS.
31. Sole Proprietorships and Franchises.
32. All Forms of Partnerships.
33. Limited Liability Companies and Special Business Forms.
34. Corporate Formation and Financing.
35. Corporate Directors, Officers, and Shareholders.
36. Corporate Acquisitions, Takeovers, and Termination.
37. Investor Protection, Insider Trading, and Corporate Governance.
PART VI: GOVERNMENT REGULATION.
38. Administrative Law.
39. Promoting Competition.
40. Consumer Law.
41. Environmental Law.
42. Liability of Accountants and Other Professionals.
PART VII: PROPERTY AND ITS PROTECTION.
43. Personal Property and Bailments.
44. Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law.
45. Insurance, Wills, and Trusts.
Appendices.

What's New

  • Now highlighted and numbered for convenient reference, Case Examples illustrate specific principles of law by presenting the facts, issues, and ruling from a court case in a succinct, engaging paragraph or two, making it easy for students to grasp the essentials quickly.
  • Included at the end of selected chapters, new Linking the Law features show students how knowledge of legal concepts can provide concrete benefits for managers and other businesspeople, whether their activities focus on finance, marketing, communications, economics, or other business disciplines.
  • A new chapter on cybercrime focuses on this increasingly critical problem for businesses today, examining issues such as hacking, identity theft, phishing, spamming, and online credit card fraud.
  • The text has been updated to reflect recent trends and developments in the world of business law, including extensive coverage of the 2008-09 global financial meltdown, a practical approach to making ethical business decisions, and new material on immigration law and its increasing importance to employers.
  • To help students study and prepare for exams, each chapter concludes with Issue Spotters, which ask students to apply key concepts to real-world examples, and Before the Test sections, which prompt students to go to the Book Companion Web Site to check their answers to the Issue Spotters, take online practice quizzes, and use interactive flashcards to review key terms.

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Instructor Supplements

Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0538466340 | ISBN-13: 9780538466349)

To ensure consistency between the teaching materials and the text, one of the authors, Roger LeRoy Miller, has co-written the Test Bank with Eric Hollowell. There are approximately 1600 true-false questions, over 1600 multiple-choice questions, and approximately 45 essay questions. A computerized test bank (ExamView) is also available.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538452633 | ISBN-13: 9780538452632)

This convenient, one-stop resource includes the Test Bank, ExamView® software, Instructor's Manual, Case Printouts, Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, Case-Problem Cases, Answer Manual, Critical Thinking Handbook, Personal Law Handbook, Handbook of Important Legislation, and Statutes Handbook—all on a single CD-ROM.

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0538466332 | ISBN-13: 9780538466332)

This extensive manual includes an introductory section that highlights the main concepts covered in each chapter, extensive chapter outlines, case synopses, additional background material, teaching suggestions, suggested activities and research assignments, and explanations of footnotes. The manual also includes the answers to the "For Review" questions, questions that conclude features in the text, "Reviewing" questions, video questions, and essay questions included in the study guide.

Cengage Hosted WebTutor™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1428276858 | ISBN-13: 9781428276857)

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Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1285752120 | ISBN-13: 9781285752129)

Enhance your Business Law or Legal Environment course with this short student guide on how law and ethics play a part in moving business and society toward (or away from) sustainability. You can assign all or part of this guide to supplement your Cengage textbook to illustrate how our laws occasionally boost, but more often impose barriers to, long-term sustainable planning at both the corporate and national level. The guide 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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Student Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act  (ISBN-10: 0324827199 | ISBN-13: 9780324827194)

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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Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0538466316 | ISBN-13: 9780538466318)

This study guide is prepared by text author Roger LeRoy Miller and Eric Hollowell. It contains a chapter-by-chapter review of BUSINESS LAW TODAY: COMPREHENSIVE that includes brief chapter introductions, chapter outlines, true-false questions, fill-in questions, multiple-choice questions, short essay problems, and Issue Spotters. The answers to the questions (except the short essay problems) and Issue Spotters are found in a separate appendix at the end of the study guide.

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Business Law Digital Video Library, 2 term (12 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0324223277 | ISBN-13: 9780324223279)

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Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1285752120 | ISBN-13: 9781285752129)

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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Student Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act  (ISBN-10: 0324827199 | ISBN-13: 9780324827194)

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

Author Bio

Roger LeRoy Miller

Roger LeRoy Miller has served on the faculty of several respected 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.

Gaylord A. Jentz

Gaylord A. Jentz was the Herbert D. Kelleher Emeritus Centennial Professor in Business Law at the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Business. He received his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Jentz was a past president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Southwestern Federation of Administrative Disciplines, the Southern Business Law Association, Phi Kappa Phi (UT Chapter), and the Texas Association of College Teachers. He was the author or coauthor of six monographs and 56 books and editions, including WEST'S BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES, Tenth Edition; FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, Seventh Edition; and several versions of BUSINESS LAW TODAY. He also published in several learned journals and was past editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal. Dr. Jentz gave advanced purchasing seminars throughout the United States and taught at five regional and graduate banking schools. He was the recipient of 16 teaching, academic, and service excellence awards, including the CBA Foundation Award for Excellence in Education, the CBA Foundation Advisory Council Distinguished Scholastic Contributions Award, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Faculty Excellence Award, the Western States School of Banking Leadership Award, the James C. Scarboro Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in Banking Education, and The University of Texas "Civitatis" Award. He was also inducted into the Texas Business School (McCombs School of Business) "CBA Hall of Fame."