Higher Education

Cengage Advantage Books: Essentials of the Legal Environment, 4th Edition

  • Roger LeRoy Miller Institute for University Studies, Arlington, Texas
  • Frank B. Cross University of Texas, Austin
  • ISBN-10: 1133586546  |  ISBN-13: 9781133586548
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $148.00
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About

Overview

ESSENTIALS OF THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT offers complete one-semester coverage of business law and its environment in a non-technical, straightforward, and student-friendly style. Cases are summarized by the authors and integrated throughout chapters. Miller and Cross explain legal issues and court decisions in a way that pares down legal jargon while keeping students engaged with the material. As part of our Advantage books from South-Western Legal Studies in Business, this paperback, affordable, legal environment text has high quality content options with excerpted cases designed for the price-conscious student.

Features and Benefits

  • Excerpted Cases. Case excerpts are presented using a standard format of "Background and Facts", "In the Words of the Court", "Decision and Remedy", and either "For Critical Analysis" or "Why is This Case Important?" (one of the latter per chapter). Cases are more streamlined to help students understand how they relate to the topic.
  • Ethics. "Ethical Issues" address an ethical dimension of the topic under discussion in the chapter.
  • Critical Thinking: To encourage students to think critically about the legal concepts covered in the text, features and cases conclude with Critical Thinking questions. Also, each chapter concludes with "Reviewing" which poses a series of questions about a hypothetical scenario that requires the student to apply leagl reasoning skills to decide how the principle of law discussed in the chapter should be applied to the situation. Selected chapters include an end-of-chapter case problem titled "In Your Court" that challenges students to place themselves as the judge in the case described.
  • International Perspectives. Students gain an awareness of the global legal environment with "International Perspectives", which indicate how international law or the laws of other nations deal with specific legal concepts or topics being discussed in the chapter. Also, selected chapters include "Beyond Our Borders," which gives students an awareness of how international laws or the laws of other nations deal with the specific legal topics discussed in the text.
  • Critical Thinking. Many of the features and cases in the text conclude with a critical thinking question that encourages students to explore and/or analyze the implications or consequences of the material presented.
  • Online Developments. Included in select chapters, this feature explores how traditional legal concepts or laws have been applied in cyberspace.
  • Exam Prep: To help students prepare for quizzes and exams each chapter concludes with "Issue Spotters" as a means to check their comprehension of some of the legal topics covered in the chapter. This section also directs them to the companion website where there are interactive quizzes to help prepare for quizzes and exams. Answers to the "Issue Spotters" are also available at the end of the text.

Table of Contents

Unit I: The Foundations.
1. Business and Its Legal Environment.
2. The Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
3. Ethics and Business Decision Making.
4. Constitutional Authority to Regulate Business.
Unit II: The Public Environment.
5. Administrative Law.
6. Torts and Product Liability.
7. Criminal Law and Cyber Crime.
8. Intellectual Property and Internet Law.
9. International Law in a Global Economy.
Unit III: The Commerical Environment.
10. Business Organizations.
11. Formation of Traditional and E-Contracts.
12. Contract Performance, Breach, and Remedies.
13. Sales and Leases.
14. Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy.
15. Mortgages and Foreclosures after the Recession.
Unit IV: The Employment Environment.
16. Employment, Immigration, and Labor Law.
17. Employment Discrimination.
Unit V: The Regulatory Environment.
18. Environmental Law.
19. Antitrust Law and Promoting Competition.
20. Investor Protection and Corporate Governance.
Appendices.
A. How to Brief Cases and Analyze Case Problems.
B. The Constitution.
C. The Uniform Commercial Code.
D. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Excerpts and Explanatory Comments)
E. Answers to the Issue Spotters.
F. Answers to Even-Numbered For Review Questions.
G. Sample Answers for Select Questions with Sample Answers.
H. Sample Answers for Case Problems with Sample Answer.
I. Case Excerpts for Case Analysis Questions.

What's New

  • New Chapter 15 on Mortgages and Foreclosures. This chapter examines some of the mortgage-lending practices that contributed to the latest recession and discusses the legal reforms enacted in response to it.
  • E-Contracts: Coverage will be moved from the chapter on sales and leases to the first chapter on contracts, "Contract Formation"
  • "Shifting Legal Priorities"- This new feature shows students how legal priorities are shifting in the business world. Special emphasis is given to sustainability, ethical trends, and changing managerial responsibilities. Each discussion ends with a brief section titled "Managerial Implications" that discusses why the topic is important to businesspersons.
  • New: To help students master the important legal concepts, the Learning Objective are repeated in the margin as appropriate.
  • Highlighted Numbered Case Examples: Along with the highlighted numbered examples, this edition also includes highlighted numbered case examples that present the facts, issues, and rulings from actual cases to help students see how courts apply the legal principles under discussion in the real world.
  • Spotlight Cases: High-interest cases for students that have a clear fact pattern that is on point with the legal issue it is intended to illustrate.
  • "Linking the Law to [Accounting, Management, Marketing,Finance..]": Included in selected chapters, this feature underscores how the law relates to various other disciplines in the typical business school curriculum.
  • To add to student appeal, this edition will be 4-color.
  • Debate This: New, each Reviewing feature will conclude with "Debate This" that can be used to spark classroom discussion, small group discussions, or as a written assignment.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Yes I will adopt Essentials in the new edition. I like its readability and succinct coverage which still manages to expose the student to the important points in the chapter's subject matter."

— Robert Jon Routman, University of South Carolina Upstate

"I believe this book has a nice structure, questions, and case studies that help me and my students."

— Gail D. Moore, Lander University

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 113359302X | ISBN-13: 9781133593027)

The IRCD includes the following supplements: Instructor's Manual, Answers Manual, Test Bank, CAse-Problem Cases, Case Printouts, PowerPoint slides, ExamView, Handbook of Landmark Cases and Statutes in Business Law and the Legal Environment, A Guide to Personal Law, Handbook on Critical Thinking, electronic Transparency Masters, and the Instructor's Manual for the Drama of the Law video series.

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285076117 | ISBN-13: 9781285076119)

CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning tools and an eBook. CourseMate now includes the KnowNOW! Blog, the most current solution for the most convenient online news and classroom application. KnowNOW! brings news into your course with discipline-specific online pages and applications. www.cengage.com/coursemate

List Price = $139.00  | CengageBrain Price = $139.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $139.00

Digital Video Library Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 113359588X | ISBN-13: 9781133595885)

This dynamic video library features more that sixty video clips that spark class discussion and clarify core legal principles. The library is organized into five series: Legal Conflicts in Business (includes specific modern business and e-commerce scenarios); Ask the Instructor (presents straightforward explanations of concepts for student review); Drama of the Law (features classic business scenarios that spark classroom participation); Real World Legal (explores conflicts that arise in a variety of business environments), and LawFlix (contains clips from many popular films). Access is available for free as an optional package item with each new text.

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.

List Price = $40.95  | CengageBrain Price = $40.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.75

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.

List Price = $39.95  | CengageBrain Price = $39.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00

Student Supplements

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285076117 | ISBN-13: 9781285076119)

CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning tools and an eBook. CourseMate now includes the KnowNOW! Blog, the most current solution for the most convenient online news and classroom application. KnowNOW! brings news into your course with discipline-specific online pages and applications. www.cengage.com/coursemate

List Price = $139.00  | CengageBrain Price = $139.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $139.00

Digital Video Library Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 113359588X | ISBN-13: 9781133595885)

This dynamic video library features more than 60 video clips that spark class discussion and clarify core legal principles. The library is organized into five series: Legal Conflicts in Business (includes specific modern business and e-commerce scenarios); Ask the Instructor (presents straightforward explanations of concepts for student review); Drama of the Law (features classic business scenarios that spark classroom participation); Real World Legal (explores conflicts that arise in a variety of business environments), and LawFlix (contains clips from many popular films).

List Price = $38.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $38.00

LMS Integrated for CourseMateā„¢, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285751558 | ISBN-13: 9781285751559)

List Price = $83.00  | CengageBrain Price = $83.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.00

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.

List Price = $40.95  | CengageBrain Price = $40.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.75

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.

List Price = $39.95  | CengageBrain Price = $39.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00

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.

Frank B. Cross

Frank B. Cross is the Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor of Business Law at The University of Texas at Austin Law School, where his research centers on judicial decision-making, the economics of law and litigation, and traditional policy and doctrinal issues in administrative law. He has written several books as well as pieces for the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, New York University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. A former president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Professor Cross received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and J.D. from Harvard Law School.