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Foundations of Business Law and Legal Environment

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Don Mayer, University of Denver

Copyright Year: 2012

ISBN 13: 9781453343722

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

Language: English

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Nowakowski, Associate Professor, Paralegal & Legal Studies, Bristol Community College on 6/29/20

I have been using parts of this book in multiple classes where I teach using OER. I use some of the foundation chapters in my "Introduction to Legal Studies" class and I use more advanced chapters in my "Business Organizations for Paralegal"... read more

Reviewed by Jason Roberts, Instructor, Portland Community College on 1/7/16

Appropriately comprehensive for a lower undergraduate course in the subject. One noticeable omission is any serious discussion of intellectual property issues (patent, trademark and copyright) each of which likely merit a section of their own in a... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
  • Chapter 2: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
  • Chapter 3: Courts and the Legal Process
  • Chapter 4: Constitutional Law and US Commerce
  • Chapter 5: Administrative Law
  • Chapter 6: Criminal Law
  • Chapter 7: Introduction to Tort Law
  • Chapter 8: Introduction to Contract Law
  • Chapter 9: The Agreement
  • Chapter 10: Real Assent
  • Chapter 11: Consideration
  • Chapter 12: Legality
  • Chapter 13: Form and Meaning
  • Chapter 14: Third-Party Rights
  • Chapter 15: Discharge of Obligations
  • Chapter 16: Remedies
  • Chapter 17: Products Liability
  • Chapter 18: Relationships between Principal and Agent
  • Chapter 19: Liability of Principal and Agent; Termination of Agency
  • Chapter 20: Partnerships: General Characteristics and Formation
  • Chapter 21: Partnership Operation and Termination
  • Chapter 22: Hybrid Business Forms
  • Chapter 23: Corporation: General Characteristics and Formation
  • Chapter 24: Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
  • Chapter 25: Corporate Powers and Management
  • Chapter 26: Securities Regulation
  • Chapter 27: Corporate Expansion, State and Federal Regulation of Foreign Corporations, and Corporate Dissolution
  • Chapter 28: Antitrust Law
  • Chapter 29: Unfair Trade Practices and the Federal Trade Commission
  • Chapter 30: Employment Law
  • Chapter 31: Labor-Management Relations
  • Chapter 32: International Law

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About the Book

Mayer, Warner, Siedel and Lieberman's Foundations of Business Law and the Legal Environment is an up-to-date textbook with comprehensive coverage of legal and regulatory issues for your introductory Legal Environment or Business Law course.

The text is organized to permit instructors to tailor the materials to their particular approach.

The authors take special care to engage students by relating law to everyday events with which they are already familiar with their clear, concise and readable style.

Business Law and the Legal Environment provides students with context and essential concepts across a broad range of legal issues with which managers and business executives must grapple. The text provides the vocabulary and legal savvy necessary for business people to talk in an educated way to their customers, employees, suppliers, government officials — and to their own lawyers.

About the Contributors


Don Mayer now teaches law, ethics, public policy, and sustainability at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, where he is Professor in Residence. His research focuses on the role of business in creating a more just, sustainable, peaceful and productive world. With James O'Toole, Professor Mayer has co-edited and contributed content to Good Business: Exercising Effective & Ethical Leadership (Routledge: Taylor and Francis, 2010). He is also co-author of International Business Law: Cases and Materials, in its 5th edition with Pearson Publishing Co. He recently served as the first Arsht Visiting Ethics Scholar at the University of Miami. After attending Kenyon College (philosophy) and Duke University Law School, Professor Mayer served as a "JAG officer" with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, and went to private practice in North Carolina. He went to Washington D.C. in 1984 to attend Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his LL.M. in International and Comparative law in 1985. He began an academic career in 1985 at Western Carolina University, and was a full professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan for many years before coming to the University of Denver. He has taught as a visitor at California State Polytechnic University, the University of Michigan, the Manchester Business School Worldwide, and Antwerp Management School. Professor Mayer has won numerous awards from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, including the Hoeber Award for best article in the American Business Law Journal, twice won the Maurer Award for best article on business ethics, and three times won the Ralph Bunch Award for best article on international business law. His work has been published in many journals and law reviews, but most often in American Business Law Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Business Ethics Quarterly.


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