Government Regulation and the Legal Environment of Business
Don Mayer, University of Denver
Daniel Warner, Western Washington University
George Siedel, University of Michigan
Jethro K. Lieberman, New York Law School
Copyright Year: 2012
ISBN 13: 9781453343272
Publisher: Saylor Foundation
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The text covers a broad range of legal subjects relevant to business students. In particular, the coverage of credit transactions and debtor-creditor relationships is better than what I have experienced with similar texts. I also appreciate the... read more
The text covers a broad range of legal subjects relevant to business students. In particular, the coverage of credit transactions and debtor-creditor relationships is better than what I have experienced with similar texts. I also appreciate the early chapter on ethics and social responsibility, as that is an important element of the business legal environment that a pure business law text may miss. However, I was disappointed that there was no chapter specifically dedicated to business organizations and taxation, as those are critical areas of understanding for all business students. Likewise, there is no index or glossary for reference.
It has solid coverage of the fundamentals of business law. I did not notice any glaring errors, although some of the content may be a little dated.
The text does focus on specific regulatory areas more so than other texts I have read/used. This is good and bad. At least at the undergraduate level, breadth is more important than depth, so this coverage exposes students to more concepts that could be relevant in their later educational experiences and careers. However, it does run the risk of becoming obsolete with a change in political winds. That being said, the only major relevance issue I saw was some of the discussion on employment discrimination--specifically, with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination. The text does not reflect the most recent Supreme Court decision on this point.
The text is fine for the most part. There is some jargon in the ethics and corporate social responsibility chapter, with the discussion being a little more theoretical than application-based than I would prefer.
I saw no issues here.
I thought this was fine. I am already making plans to mix components of this text with another. However, this book does include some internal references within the text that I will need to revise if I mix the two.
This is organized in a pretty conventional manner.
The online text is fine. The PDF has some paragraph formatting/spacing problems. The paragraphs are not indented, and there is not an extra space between paragraphs. There are times where the information appears as a wall of text, even though multiple paragraphs were intended.
I saw no major issues.
I saw no major issues.
This appears to be a good, solid, basic legal environment of business text. It could be adapted to fit the typical business law course at almost any American university.
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: Contracts
- Chapter 9: Consumer Credit Transactions
- Chapter 10: Secured Transactions and Suretyship
- Chapter 11: Mortgages and Nonconsensual Liens
- Chapter 12: Bankruptcy
- Chapter 13: Intellectual Property
- Chapter 14: The Nature and Regulation of Real Estate and the Environment
- Chapter 15: Securities Regulation
- Chapter 16: Antitrust Law
- Chapter 17: Unfair Trade Practices and the Federal Trade Commission
- Chapter 18: Employment Law
- Chapter 19: Labor-Management Relations
- Chapter 20: International Law
About the Book
Mayer, Warner, Siedel and Lieberman's Government Regulation and the Legal Environment of Business is an up-to-date textbook that covers legal issues that students must understand in today's highly regulated business environment. 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 their clear, concise and readable style.
After introductory chapters covering the legal environment of business, Government Regulation and the Legal Environment of Business provides students with context and essential legal concepts relating to contracts, consumer credit transactions, bankruptcy, intellectual property, securities regulation, regulation of real estate, antitrust, unfair trade practices, employment law and labor relations. The text provides the vocabulary and legal savvy they will need to talk in an educated way to customers, suppliers, employees, creditors, shareholders, government regulators and other stakeholders — 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.
Daniel Warner is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Washington, where-- following military service--he also attended law school. After some years of civil practice, he joined the faculty at the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University in 1978 where he is now a professor of business legal studies in the Accounting Department. He has published extensively exploring the intersection of popular culture and the law, for which publications he has five times received the College of Business Dean's Research Award for "distinguished contributions in published research." He served eight years on the Whatcom County Council, two years as its Chair. He has served on the Faculty Senate, on various university and college committees including chairman of the University Master Plan Committee; he has been active in state Bar Association committee work and in local politics, where he has served on numerous boards and commissions over 30 years.
George J. Siedel's research addresses legal issues that relate to international business law, negotiation, and dispute resolution. Recent publications focus on proactive law and the use of law to gain competitive advantage. His work in progress includes research on the impact of litigation on large corporations and the use of electronic communication as evidence in litigation. Professor Siedel has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. Following graduation from law school, he worked as an attorney in a professional corporation. He has also served on several boards of directors and as Associate Dean of the University of Michigan Business School. The author of numerous books and articles, Professor Siedel has received several research awards, including the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Michigan and the following awards from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business: the Hoeber Award, the Ralph Bunche Award and the Maurer Award. The Center for International Business Education and Research selected a case written by Professor Siedel for its annual International Case Writing Award. His research has been cited by appellate courts in the United States and abroad, including the High Court of Australia. Professor Siedel has served as Visiting Professor of Business Law at Stanford University, Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, and Parsons Fellow at the University of Sydney. He has been elected a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Wolfson College and a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. As a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Siedel held a Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Jethro K. Lieberman is professor of law and VP for Academic Publishing at New York Law School, where he has taught for more than a quarter century. He took his B.A. in politics and economics from Yale University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He began his teaching career at Fordham University Law School and before that was VP at what is now the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. For nearly ten years he was Legal Affairs Editor of Business Week Magazine. He practiced antitrust and trade regulation law at a large Washington law firm and was on active duty as a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam era. He is the author of The Litigious Society (Basic Books), winner of the American Bar Association’s top literary prize, the Silver Gavel, and also of A Practical Companion to the Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning (University of California Press), among many other books. He is a long-time letterpress printer and proprietor of The Press at James Pond, a private press, and owner of the historic Kelmscott- Goudy Press, an Albion hand press that was used to print the Kelmscott Press edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the 1890s.