Cengage Advantage Books: Essentials of Business Law, 4th Edition

  • Jeffrey F. Beatty Boston University
  • Susan S. Samuelson Boston University
  • ISBN-10: 0538473800
  • ISBN-13: 9780538473804
  • 1040 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $139.50 
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A cost-effective alternative to traditional Business Law texts, ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS LAW, 4TH Edition delivers in-depth coverage of the core topics, especially contracts, in a concise, paperback format. Beatty and Samuelson deliver the material in their hallmark accessible style with story-telling, cases, and business applications that grab student interest. Fostering active learning throughout the text, the authors teach by example, and show students how to think through issues from a lawyer's perspective. No other text puts concepts into practice so effectively while teaching students why business law matters to their future careers.


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  • Play Devil's Advocate: Ask students to challenge the Court's conclusions with the critical commentary provided in the text. When they consider the opposing point of view, as well as the Court’s decision, students gain a more comprehensive understanding of the ruling than if they hadn't.
  • Lead by Example: The text’s interdisciplinary perspective shows how legal decisions impact the world and students’ own lives, while putting legal concepts into contexts that non-law students understand. These familiar, real-world scenarios are delivered in the clear, concise style that students prefer, and which helps them understand abstract legal ideas before getting into conceptual definitions and discussions.
  • Emphasize Active Learning: Numerous features, such as "You Be the Judge," "Ethics," "Devil's Advocate," and "Role Reversal" actively drive the learning process by testing student comprehension throughout each chapter. Strategically placed, these and other features are integrated throughout the text material specifically where students are more likely to read them, which helps them develop critical thinking skills and apply what they have learned to realistic, contextual situations.
  • Deliver Authoritative Coverage: Trial and appellate judges, working attorneys, and scholars have all given praise for this text and the authors’ unprecedented standards for style and research. Unlike any other business law book on the market, this text has been reviewed by dozens of tough-minded instructors and editors to deliver a comprehensive and dependable business law text.
  • Consider the Ethical Side: An Ethics Checklist in Chapter 2 provides self-test questions to guide future managers through the ethical decisions they will encounter on the job, especially those that don’t have black and white answers. These questions, along with other ethics features throughout the text, encourage students to practice their analytical skills on realistic, thought-provoking scenarios.

What's New

  • Student-friendly Exam Strategies and Review: Teach students to analyze the legal issues like a lawyer with writing that reiterates the process in every chapter: indentify the general issue, focus on the fine point raised, apply the analysis of the Court, and deduce the answer. Then, students reinforce the chapter topics with accessible, end-of-chapter reviews, complete with key concepts and helpful page number references, Exam Strategy practice questions, and an Additional Questions section for self-practice.
  • Riveting Twists on Current Issues: Generate classroom discussions your students won’t soon forget with new cases, like James v. Meow Media, in which the acts of a high school killer were inspired by a violent film; Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, which questions the legality of using vulgarity during live entertainment broadcasts; and United States v. Kennard, which asks students to draw the dividing line between simple gullibility and criminal fraud.
  • Unexpected Situations: Open students' eyes with new research that challenges their beliefs about social responsibility and fairness, such as the relationship between money and happiness, or whether judicial review is good for the nation. New cases include Stinton v. Robin's Wood, Inc., in which students learn what happens when one side abuses the discovery process in litigation; Carnero v. Boston Scientific Corp., in which a whistleblower works for an American subsidiary in a country that denies legal protection to whistleblowers; and Hess v. Chase Manhattan Bank, in which a property seller chooses not to disclose hidden defects and sells a property "as is."
  • Extensive Contracts and Bankruptcy Coverage: Expose students to more information about contracts and bankruptcy--two of the most common legal issues they will see in the business world. New cases include Sawyer v. Mills, which calls into question the ages-old Statute of Frauds when one party has a tape recording that proved an oral contract was made; and Goldsmith Motors Corp. v. Chemical Bank, which demonstrates the wrongful dishonoring of checks. Also new to this edition, a thorough update on repeated filings for bankruptcy illuminates the circumstances under which debts may not be discharged.
  • Practical Updates and Current Examples: A thorough update on Restatement of Agency gives students the most current information available on changes in employment-related vocabulary, while three new cases consider the functional differences between an LLC and a C-Corporation, and how to choose the appropriate form. A new chapter on the latest in Securities Regulation has been added to the text, as well as the actual charter from Facebook.com, which illustrates how to form a corporation and the decisions Mark Zuckerberg made when he started the company from his dorm room.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE XVII.
UNIT I: THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT.
1. Introduction to Law.
2. Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.
3. Dispute Resolution.
4. Common Law, Statutory Law, and Administrative Law.
5. Constitutional Law 101.
6. Torts.
7. Crime.
8. International Law.
UNIT II: CONTRACTS.
9. Introduction to Contracts.
10. Agreement.
11. Consideration.
12. Legality.
13. Capacity and Consent.
14. Written Contracts.
15. Third Parties.
16. Performance and Discharge.
17. Remedies.
UNIT III: COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS.
18. Introduction to Sales.
19. Ownership and Risk.
20. Warranties and Product Liability.
21. Performance and Remedies.
22. Creating a Negotiable Instrument.
23. Liability for Negotiable Instruments.
24. Liability for Negotiable Instruments: Banks and Their Customers.
25. Secured Transactions.
26. Bankruptcy.
UNIT IV: EMPLOYMENT, BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, AND PROPERTY.
27. Agency.
28. Employment Law.
29. Starting a Business.
30. Corporations.
31. Securities.
32. Property.
33. Cyberlaw.
34. Intellectual Property.
Appendix A.
The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix B.
Uniform Commercial Code (Excerpts).
Glossary.
Table of Cases .
Index.

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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

Jeffrey F. Beatty

Jeffrey F. Beatty was a two-time winner of the Beckwith Prize, Boston University's highest undergraduate teaching award. His research expertise included constitutional law, torts, contracts, and the uniform commercial code. In 1998, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) awarded him the Charles Hewitt Award for excellence in teaching, presented annually to one professor in the United States. The highest honor for teaching conferred by the ALSB, this award is dedicated to the communication and recognition of creative teaching practices of business law. Prior to his teaching, Professor Beatty worked for several years as a legal aid lawyer, concentrating on immigration law and general civil litigation. He also practiced in a private firm, where he concentrated on general civil litigation, including trials and appeals of tort, contract, employment, and property cases.

Susan S. Samuelson

Professor Samuelson is a tenured full professor in the Business Policy and Law Department of the School of Management at Boston University where she has been awarded the Broderick Prize in recognition of outstanding teaching accomplishments. She teaches both law and ethics to undergraduates, graduate students, and executives. Professor Samuelson's research has focused on securities law and the management of lawyers (in both law firms and corporations). Her articles have appeared in the Boston University Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal and the Sloan Management Review, among others. She earned both an A.B. and J.D. degree at Harvard University has practiced law in the corporate department of the law firm of Choate, Hall, and Stewart.

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