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LAW/421 LAW 421 / Contemporary Business Law

Week 1 Individual

Role and Functions of Law Paper

Resource: Case Brief Cipollone v. Liggett Group, Inc., et al. inCh. 2, section 2-6, “Commerce Powers,” of the text

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you define the functions and role of law in business and society. Discuss the functions and role of law in your past or present job or industry. Properly cite at least two references from your reading.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 2 Individual

Addressing International Legal and Ethical Issues Simulation Summary

Complete the Addressing International Legal and Ethical Issues simulation located on the student website.

Write a 350-word summary. In your paper, answer the following questions:

•         What are the issues involved in resolving legal disputes in international transactions?

•         What are some practical considerations of taking legal action against a foreign business partner based in another country?

•         What factors could work against CadMex’s decision to grant sublicensing agreements?

•         When the local customs and laws conflict with the customs and laws of an organization operating abroad, which should prevail? Explain why.

•         How would you compare the issues in this simulation to the domestic legal issues discussed in your Week One readings? How should companies resolve domestic and international issues differently?

Week 2 Learning Team

Weekly Reflection

Discuss the differences between substantive law, procedural law, criminal law, civil law, common law, and statutory law. Provide examples of each law and discuss what U.S. Constitution amendments were implemented to protect the rights of businesses and organizations. Discuss the topics you are comfortable with, the topics you struggled with, and how the weekly topics relate to application in your field.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.

Week 3 Individual

Article Review

Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Article Review Format Guide located on the student website

Locate an article specifically related to e-business and intellectual property.

Write a 350- to 700-word review of the article. Your review should assess the different types of and legal protections for intellectual property. Analyze the legal issues of e-business to include intellectual property, privacy, ethics, and security.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Be prepared to discuss your review in class.

Week 3 Learning Team

Case Scenarios: BUGusa, Inc.

Resources: University of Phoenix Material: Case Scenarios: Bugusa, Inc., multimedia link located on the student website and Case Scenarios: Bugusa, Inc., Worksheet

Use the BUGusa, Inc., scenarios and your research to support your answers to the questions listed in the worksheet, classifying the types of torts in each scenario.

Submit the completed worksheet.

Week 3 Learning Team

Weekly Reflection

Discuss the, “Legal Issues in Cyberspace” excerpt in Section 24-5 of Ch. 24, and Section 24-6, “Copyright Infringement,” of the text. Discuss the topics you are comfortable with, the topics you struggled with, and how these issues relate to application in your field.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.

Week 4 Individual

Case Scenario: Big Time Toymaker

Read the “Theory to Practice” section at the end of Ch. 6 of the text.

Answer Questions 1 through 6 based on the scenario in the “Theory to Practice” section, and complete the following in your response:

•         At the end of the scenario, BTT states that it is not interested in distributing Chou’s new strategy game, Strat. Assuming BTT and Chou have a contract, and BTT has breached the contract by not distributing the game, discuss what remedies might or might not apply.

•         Explain your answers and refer to Section 7-6 in Ch. 7 for support.

Submit your answers.

Week 4 Learning Team

Weekly Reflection

Discuss the common contracts that you and your teammates have encountered in your personal and professional lives. Your discussion should include the topics you are comfortable with, the topics you struggled with, and how the weekly topics relate to the common contracts.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.

Week 5 Individual

Article Review

Resource: Article Review Format Guide located on the student website

Locate an article specifically related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX Act) of 2002.

Write a 350- to 700-word review of the article. Your review should discuss how the SOX Act may affect ethical decision making in today’s business environment, and the criminal penalties for which the act provides.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 5 Learning Team

Case Scenarios: Grocery, Inc., Presentation

Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Case Scenarios: Grocery, Inc., multimedia link located on the student website

Review the case scenarios and questions associated with scenarios.

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, with speaker notes, illustrating your responses to questions in each case scenario. Clearly indicate which scenario you are referring to in your presentation.

Week 5 Learning Team

Weekly Reflection

Compare and contrast common law contracts and the UCC Article 2 with your team. Your discussion should include the topics you are comfortable with, the topics you struggled with, and how the weekly topics relate to application in your field.

Write a 350- to 1,050-word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.