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The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business: An Integrated Approach

Gerald R. Ferrera, Mystica M. Alexander, William P. Wiggins, Cheryl Kirschner, Jonathan J. Darrow


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    This text offers a comprehensive, accessible, engaging introduction to the legal environment of business with a unique, integrated focus on ethical theory and decision-making and on the global context in which modern businesses operate. Using realistic hypotheticals and scenarios, the authors illustrate and illuminate as they help students prepare to meet the often thorny challenges they will face in today's rapidly changing world of business.

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    Page Count 784
    Published 04/01/2014
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    Summary of Contents                   




    About the Authors             

    Part I:                    Legal and Ethical Overview            

    Chapter 1            The United States Legal System      

    Chapter 2            Ethics in the Business Environment         

    Chapter 3            Constitutional Issues in Business  

    Chapter 4            Administrative Law         

    Chapter 5            Legal Aspects of the Global Business Environment               

    Chapter 6            Corporate Social Responsibility 

    Part II:                   The Business      

    Chapter 7            Business Organizations     

    Chapter 8            Intellectual Property        

    Chapter 9            Sale of Securities and Investor Protection 

    Chapter 10          Business Crimes 

    Chapter 11          Antitrust 

    Part III:                  The Employee  

    Chapter 12          Agency Law            

    Chapter 13          Employment Law 

    Chapter 14          Discrimination in the Workplace

    Part IV:                  The Business Sale           

    Chapter 15          Contracts: Contract Formation    

    Chapter 16          Contracts: Performance, Public Policy, and Global Contracts         

    Chapter 17          Sales Law, Consumer Protection, and E-Commerce          

    Chapter 18          The Debtor-Creditor Relationship 

    Part V:                   Business Liability               

    Chapter 19          Business Torts

    Chapter 20          Product Liability and Warranties 

    Chapter 21          Environmental Law and Sustainability    


    Table of Cases      


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    Mystica M. Alexander

    MYSTICA M. ALEXANDER is Assistant Professor in the Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning Department at Bentley University. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mystica practiced corporate and tax law for several years before moving into academia. She currently teaches business law and ethics as well as courses in the Masters of Science in Taxation Program. In addition to her role in the classroom, Mystica has been involved with curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is a past Holmes Cardozo finalist for best conference paper at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and the recipient of an Innovation in Teaching Award from Bentley University.

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    William P. Wiggins

    WILLIAM P. WIGGINS is Professor in the Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning Department at Bentley University. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Professor Wiggins serves as chair of the Bentley University Institutional Review Board and coordinator of the Bentley Research Council. Over the years, Professor Wiggins has held a variety of administrative positions at the university and has chaired many of the university’s major task forces. Most recently, he served as Associate Dean of Business for Academic Affairs, which included responsibilities for directing the university’s AACSB and EQUIS accreditation processes. Professor Wiggins is recipient of Bentley’s highest teaching award: The Gregory H. Adamian Excellence in Teaching Award. He has developed and taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a tax controversy practicum for graduate tax students for which he received a Bentley University Innovation in Teaching Award. Professor Wiggins has coauthored a leading textbook and a leading treatise on tax practice and procedure and has published articles in academic and professional journals and presented his work at international, national, and regional conferences. Professor Wiggins holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Bentley University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business students and faculty.

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    Gerald R. Ferrera

    GERALD R. FERRERA is the Gregory H. Adamian Professor of Law Emeritus at Bentley University and was the first member of the law faculty to hold that endowed chair. In 2002 Professor Ferrera received the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Senior Faculty Award of Excellence. He chaired the law department at Bentley for 17 years. Over his teaching career of 45 years at Bentley University, he has been active in the legal environment of business curriculum development with an ethical component and has coauthored textbooks on Business Law, The Legal Environment of Business, and Cyberlaw. His scholarly articles on ethics and jurisprudence, authored or coauthored, were published in The American Journal of Jurisprudence and the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest. He has also authored or coauthored published material in the New York University School of Law Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, the American Business Law Journal, Marquette Law Review, Pepperdine Law Review, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Business Law Review, and Cleveland State Law Review. He is currently a research fellow at the Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University, and a past president and current member of the executive committee of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association. He received the Ralph C. Hober publication award given by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and the Bentley University Scholar of the Year Award. His teaching awards include the Bentley University Gregory H. Adamian Excellence in Teaching Award, numerous Bentley University Innovation in Teaching Awards, and the Master Teacher Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Boston College, a J.D. from the New England School of Law/Boston, and an Taxation from Bentley. He is a member of the State Bar of Massachusetts and federal bars.

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    Jonathan J. Darrow

    Dr. Jonathan J. Darrow recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) at Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He holds a BS in biological sciences from Cornell, a JD from Duke, an MBA from Boston College, and an SJD (a disser- tation-based doctorate, the law discipline’s highest degree) from Harvard, where he also completed the LLM program. After admission to the bar, Dr. Darrow practiced law in the Silicon Valley offices of Cooley Godward and later worked on patent litigation matters at Wiley Rein & Fielding in Washington, DC. He is admitted to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office, has served on the business law faculties of Boston College, Plymouth State, and Bentley, and has testified before the Massachusetts legislature on the ownership of email. His scholarship on technology and intellectual property has appeared in numerous publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine; the Stanford Technology Law Review; the Minnesota Law Review; and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology; among many others. He is a co-author of two major textbooks: Cyberlaw: Text and Cases (the predecessor to this text) and The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. Dr. Darrow previously explored the relationship between innovation policy and global health during stints at both the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Cheryl Kirschner

    CHERYL KIRSCHNER is Senior Lecturer in Law at Babson College. She received a BA from the University of Rochester in English and political science and a JD from Boston University School of Law. At Babson, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business law and international business law. She was awarded the Babson College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and is deeply involved in curriculum development and revision. She also serves as editor-in-chief for the Babson Case Publishing Center. The Academy of Legal Studies in Business awarded her the Best International Case in 2008 for her best-selling case, Zidane’s Last Red Card. She co-teaches Babson’s offshore course in South Africa, where, in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, students from both colleges teach entrepreneurship to underserved populations in the Cape Town area.

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