Business Law and the Legal Environment, Standard Edition, 6th Edition

  • Jeffrey F. Beatty Boston University
  • Susan S. Samuelson Boston University
  • ISBN-10: 1111530602
  • ISBN-13: 9781111530600
  • 1392 Pages Hardcover 
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $264.25 
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BUSINESS LAW AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT, 6E uses vivid examples and memorable scenarios to lead students through the full breadth of business law. Focusing on hands-on application and using a conversational writing style, this handy textbook equips students for business challenges from the first page. Plus, by showing students through practice how legal concepts apply to their future careers, BUSINESS LAW AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT, 6E draws students into the material, helping them study more effectively and diligently.


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  • Emphasis on Application: Features such as "You Be the Judge" and "Ethics Checklists" ask students to think through the issues from a lawyers' perspective, providing valuable hands-on experience.
  • Comprehension study tools including "Exam Review", "Exam Strategy", and "Key Terms" located in the margins enable students to check their progress and prepare efficiently for exams.
  • Standard-Setting coverage has received the stamp of approval from trial and appellate judges, working attorneys, scholars, and teachers.
  • Student-friendly writing style puts legal concepts into context using familiar, real-world scenarios.
  • Integrated illustrations and application features appear in the flow of the text, making them more accessible and useful to students.

What's New

  • New chapter on Practical Contracts covers analyzing and drafting contracts.
  • Reorganized Table of Contents draws attention to course material of particular interest to CPAs, such as secured transactions, negotiable instruments, and accountants' liability.
  • "Landmark Cases" now address such topics as good-faith bargaining, whistleblowers and retaliation, settlement negotiations, the validity of verbal agreements, computer hacking and banking fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, TV censorship, and many more.
  • Revitalized End-of-Chapter materials now contain a broader range of multiple choice, essay questions, and discussion questions, many touching on ethical issues.

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Table of Contents

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.
6. Intentional Torts and Business Torts
7. Negligence and Strict Liability.
8. Crime.
9. International Law.
UNIT II: CONTRACTS.
10. Introduction to Contracts.
11. Agreement.
12. Consideration.
13. Legality.
14. Capacity and Consent.
15. Written Contracts.
16. Third Parties.
17. Performance and Discharge.
18. Remedies.
19. Practical Contracts.
UNIT III: COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS.
20. Introduction to Sales.
21. Ownership and Risk.
22. Warranties and Product Liability.
23. Performance and Remedies.
UNIT IV: ADDITIONAL CPA TOPICS
24. Secured Transactions.
25. Creating a Negotiable Instrument.
26. Liability for Negotiable Instruments.
27. Accountants' Liability.
UNIT V: AGENCY AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
28. Agency Law.
29. Employment Law.
30. Labor Law.
UNIT VI: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS.
31. Starting a Business: LLCs and Other Options.
32. Partnerships.
33. Life and Death of a Corporation.
34. Corporate Management.
35. Shareholders.
36. Securities Regulation.
37. Bankruptcy.
UNIT VII: GOVERNMENT REGULATION.
38. Antitrust.
39. Consumer Law.
40. Environmental Law.
UNIT VIII:CYBERLAW.
42. Intellectual Property.
43. Real Property and Landlord Tenant.
44. Personal Property and Bailment.
45. Planning for the Future: Estates and Insurance.

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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

Susan S. 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, OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL, and SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, among others. She practiced law in the corporate department of the law firm Choate, Hall, and Stewart. She earned both an AB and JD at Harvard University.

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"After 25 years of teaching, including 20 years on Advanced Business Law, this is hands down the most accessible text for my students."
— Asher Wilson, Central Washington University - Des Moines
"I especially like the judicious use of narrative and humor throughout the text. Each chapter begins with an interesting and unusual story and the text routinely refers back to the story as new principles are introduced into the discussion. My students don't particularly like lugging the book to class, but they often comment on how much they enjoy reading the book."
— Michael McKinney, East Tennessee State University
"The book is just plain interesting to read without sacrificing sophistication. It's the best business law book out there."
— Robert Bird, University of Connecticut

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