Synopses & Reviews
LAW FOR BUSINESS offers a practical approach to law that emphasizes current, relevant topics you need to succeed in contemporary business. Cases throughout the text highlight issues such as trademark infringement, computer tampering, pollution, agency, and employment-at-will. Plus, timely coverage of business ethics and the law gives you new insight into recent corporate scandals and indictments. Ashcroft and Ashcroft use short chapters, a four-color design, real-world examples and applications, and integrated learning objectives to make business law approachable and engaging for all students.
"I would adopt the text because I liked how it brought real-world topics into the classroom. I loved the facts and outcomes of real world cases in each chapter."
"My students generally find certain areas of contract law confusing. There have also been difficulties concerning negotiable instruments. I think this book does a good job tacking those problem areas and breaking them down to brass tacks. The cases and scenarios help make the issues clear."
"I see these advantages: easy to read and understand, it isn't written like a law school textbook; excellent coverage of the basics of contract law; real cases--nothing made up; [and] always up to date."
Practical and accessible, LAW FOR BUSINESS provides a concise yet complete overview of all key topics in business law, allowing for maximum breadth of coverage for courses with tight time constraints.
This book is a practical approach to law that emphasizes current and relevant topics for business transactions. The basic business law concepts are covered without the excessive theory that often makes the law seem incomprehensible. The substantial breath of this text, laden with examples and cases, is an effective introduction to a variety of legal topics.
About the Author
John Ashcroft is currently a distinguished professor of law and government at the Regent University School of Law. He previously served as Attorney General of the United States for four years. Prior to that he served one term in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2001, and had served as Governor of Missouri for two terms. As Governor, Ashcroft balanced eight consecutive budgets during his terms, and Fortune magazine rated him one of the top 10 education governors. Ashcroft was elected to two terms as attorney general of Missouri prior to serving as governor. In the Senate, Ashcroft took a leading role on key issues such as welfare reform, juvenile crime, and reform of the civil justice system, while authoring significant changes to federal law. He served on the Judiciary; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and the Foreign Relations committees and was also the chairman of subcommittees on the Constitution, consumer affairs, and Africa, respectively. Ashcroft, widely recognized for his innovative use of technology and the Internet, has taught students about using the Internet and on-line information as a tool of citizenship. Prior to entering public service, Ashcroft taught business law at then Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated with honors from Yale University in 1964, met his wife, Janet, at the Law School of the University of Chicago where they each received law degrees, and later co-authored two college textbooks together. Janet Ashcroft has been a full-time faculty member at Howard University, teaching business law, taxation, and accounting, and serving on the Judiciary Committee at the university. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Patrick Henry College and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago, chair of the Alzheimer's disease Task Force for the State of Missouri and as state liaison for the National Alzheimer's Association.
Table of Contents
PART I: THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS. 1. Introduction to Law. 2. Courts and Court Procedure. 3. Business Torts and Crimes. 4. Government Regulation of Business. PART II: CONTRACTS. 5. Nature and Classes of Contracts. 6. Offer and Acceptance. 7. Capacity to Contract. 8. Consideration. 9. Defective Agreements. 10. Illegal Agreements. 11. Written Contracts. 12. Third Parties and Contracts. 13. Termination of Contracts. PART III: PERSONAL PROPERTY. 14. Nature of Personal Property. 15. Special Bailments. PART IV: SALES. 16. Sales of Personal Property. 17. Formalities of a Sale. 18. Transfer of Title and Risk in Sales Contracts. 19. Warranties, Product Liability, and Consumer Protection. PART V: NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS. 20. Nature of Negotiable Instruments. 21. Essentials of Negotiability. 22. Promissory Notes and Drafts. 23. Negotiation and Discharge. 24. Liabilities of Parties and Holders in Due Course. 25. Defenses. PART VI: AGENCY AND EMPLOYMENT. 26. Nature and Creation of an Agency. 27. Operation and Termination of an Agency. 28. Employer and Employee Relations. 29. Employees?? Rights. 30. Labor Legislation. PART VII: BUSINESS ORGANIZATION. 31. Introduction to Business Organization. 32. Creation and Operation of a Partnership. 33. Dissolution of a Partnership. 34. Nature of a Corporation. 35. Ownership of a Corporation. 36. Management and Dissolution of a Corporation. PART VIII: RISK-BEARING DEVICES. 37. Principles of Insurance. 38. Types of Insurance. 39. Security Devices. 40. Bankruptcy. PART IX: REAL PROPERTY. 41. Nature of Real Property. 42. Transfer of Real Property. 43. Real Estate Mortgages. 44. Landlord and Tenant. 45. Wills, Inheritances, and Trusts.