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COURSE NAME: "Legal Environment of Business "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Teresa Triglia
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30-5:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Recommended: EN 110 with a grade of C or above

This course provides students with an overview of the law in general, beginning with the foundations of the legal and regulatory environment, the law-making processes, and the implementation of legal rules. Students examine some areas of substantive law, including bodies of law that are regulatory in nature. Particular attention is given to aspects of business transactions in an international context.
The course will begin with the definition of the law, characteristics of the law, the theory and sources of law, and continue to address the judicial system, alternative dispute resolution and litigation, the US Constitution, business crimes and torts, product advertising and liability, antitrust and securities law, and employment discrimination.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

* know the basic laws and principles of American law related to business;
* understand the components of the American judicial system;
* be able to identify and classify the main legal issues in the American legal system;
* be able to read a case and analyze the facts from a legal point of view; and
* propose possible solutions to solve cases applying the principles of law discussed in class.
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Business : Its Legal, Ethical, and Global Environment Marianne M. Jennings Cengage Learning 9781337103572  

Class ParticipationActive participation in class is essential. Persistent absence or tardiness precludes satisfactory performance in the course, and jeopardizes this part of the grade. Classes will involve a mixture of lectures, discussions, small group work, debates, and other activities. The students’ active involvement in discussions and other class activities, based on adequate preparation outside class, is therefore essential.10
Mid TermClosed Book30
PresentationsStudents will be asked to research, analyze and present a topic assigned in class.25
Final ExamClosed Book35

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
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Chapter 1

Introduction to Law

·       Definition, Classifications, Purposes, and Characteristics of Law

·       Jurisprudence, Sources of Law, and Introduction to International Law



Chapter 3

The Judicial System


·       Types of Courts, Making Decisions, Parties in Civil Cases

·       Subject Matter and In Personam Jurisdiction of Courts and the International Courts


Chapter 4

Managing Business Disputes: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Strategies

·       Managing Disputes, ADR, Resolution of International Disputes and Litigation vs. ADR

·       When you are in Litigation and Issues in International Litigation



Chapter 5

Business and the Constitution

·       The U.S. Constitution, The Role of Judicial Review, and Constitutional Limitations of Economic Regulation

·       State vs. Federal Regulation, Application of the Bill of Rights, The Role of Constitutions in International Law


Chapter 8

Real and Personal Property

·       Crimes within and against a Corporation, Who is Liable for Business Crimes, Federal Laws, The Penalties and Reformation Criminal Penalties

·       Elements and Examples of Business Crime, Procedural Rights for Business Criminals, Business Crime and Int'l Business


Chapter 9

Business Torts

·       What is a Tort, Roots of Law and Commerce, and The International Torts

·       Negligence and New Verdicts on Tort Reform


Chapter 13

Sales: Product Advertising and Liability

·       Development of Product Liability and Advertising as a Contract Basis for Product Liability

·       Implied Warranties, Liability Under Section 402A, Defenses to Product Liability, Reform, Federal Standards and Int'l Issues in Product Liability


Chapter Total

Chapter 14

Products: Business Intellectual Property

·       Covenants Not to Compete, Antitrust Federal Statutes, and Horizontal Restraint of Trade

·       Vertical Restraints, Penalties, Remedies, and Antitrust Issues in Int'l Competition


Chapter Total

Chapter 15

Business Competition: Antitrust

·       Intangible Property Rights, Patents, Copyrights

·       Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Int'l Intellectual Property Issues, Enforcing Business Property Rights


Chapter 18

Governance and Regulation: Securities Law

·       History of Securities Law and Primary Offering Regulations: the 1933 Securities Act

·       Securities Exchange Act of 1934, State Securities Law and Int'l Issues


Chapter 20

Management: Employment Discrimination

·       History, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Theories and Specific Applications of Title VII

·       Antidiscrimination, Affirmative Action, Defenses to and Enforcement of Title VII, Other Antidiscrimination Laws, and the Global Workforce