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Using an innovative storytelling style to bring cases and legal concepts to life, INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW, 5E presents a full range of business law topics in a series of brief, quick-reading chapters. Ideal for single-semester or one-quarter courses, the text delivers succinct coverage of core business law topics and includes summarized cases instead of case examples to illustrate the point of law. The text emphasizes the business applications of chapter concepts, making the material relevant to students no matter what their future career path. The fifth edition includes all-new chapters on LLCs and employment discrimination, new Case Questions, and a new emphasis on social media issues throughout. The new edition also offers access to MindTap™, a fully online, highly personalized learning experience built on Cengage Learning content.

Jeffrey F. Beatty, Boston University

Jeffrey F. Beatty, J.D., was an exceptional teacher, having won both the Metcalfe Prize and Cup, Boston University's highest teaching award as well as the Charles Hewitt Award, which is given each year by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) for excellence in teaching. 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 joining the faculty at Boston University, Professor Beatty worked for several years as a legal aid lawyer, concentrating on 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. Professor Beatty wrote television scripts and plays that were performed in Boston, London, and Amsterdam.

Susan S. Samuelson, Boston University

Susan S. Samuelson, J.D., is a tenured full professor in 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, the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the 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.
  • Providing the most current coverage available, CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW, 5E has been fully updated to reflect the latest laws, developments, and legal trends.
  • Expanded and enhanced social media coverage is included throughout.
  • Offering more streamlined coverage, Common Law Employment is now combined with Labor Law.
  • An all-new Chapter 21, "Starting a Business: LLCs and Other Options," covers all of the legal bases of new businesses.
  • An entire chapter is devoted to employment discrimination.
  • New Case Questions added to the end-of-chapter material help students apply chapter concepts to real-world legal issues.
  • Available with the fifth edition, MindTap™ offers students a fully online, highly personalized learning experience built on Cengage Learning content. MindTap™ combines learning tools--such as readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments--into a singular learning path that guides students through the course. You can personalize the experience by customizing content and learning tools. MindTap™ enables you to add your own content in the learning path with apps that seamlessly integrate into the MindTap™ framework with learning management systems.
  • The text's signature conversational, student-friendly writing style uses entertaining stories, illustrations, and scenarios--along with timely humor--to deliver a lively presentation of legal material that engages students and helps them better retain what they learn.
  • Critical thinking features such as "You Be the Judge" and "Ethics" encourage students to analyze as they read, increasing their synthesis of different concepts and sharpening their analytical skills.
  • Providing excellent test preparation, "Exam Strategy" and "Exam Review" features at the end of every chapter give students plenty of opportunities to put what they learn into practice.
  • Highlighted Key Terms in the margins help students focus on the most important concepts.
  • INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW's continually updated coverage of evolving issues reflects the changing landscape regarding international, domestic, social media, and online legal issues.
  • Emphasizing core business law topics, concise 20-page chapters provide a manageable amount of content with just the right amount of detail.
1. Introduction to Law.
2. Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
3. Comparative Legal Systems and International Law.
4. Constitutional, Statutory, Administrative, and Common Law.
5. Courts, Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
6. Crime.
7. Intentional Torts and Business Torts.
8. Negligence, Strict Liability and Product Liability.
9. Cyberlaw and Privacy.
10. Forming a Contract.
11. Requirements for a Contract.
12. Performance of a Contract.
13. Practical Contracts.
14. Sales.
15. Negotiable Instruments.
16. Sales and Secured Transactions.
17. Agency Law.
18. Employment Law.
19. Employment Discrimination.
20. Labor Law.
21. Starting a Business: LLCs and other Options.
22. Corporations.
23. Bankruptcy.
24. Securities and Antitrust.
25. Consumer Protection.
26. Environmental Law.
27. Accountants’ Liability.
28. Intellectual Property.
29. Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law.
30. Personal Property and Bailment.
31. Estate Planning.
32. Insurance.
Appendix A: The Constitution of the US.
Appendix B: The UCC.
Appendix C: Answer Key.
Table of Cases.
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