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Business Law: Principles and Cases in the Legal Environment, Fourth Edition

  • Daniel V. Davidson
  • Lynn M. Forsythe
  • Nancy A. Holland
Series / Business Law Series
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Readable and practical introduction to business law designed for today’s student. 

The Fourth Edition of Business Law Principles and Cases in the Legal Environment continues to offer a readable, rigorous, and practical introduction to business law in a format that enhances learning and understanding. With a thorough explanation of the legal and regulatory issues affecting businesses, Davidson, Forsythe, and Holland utilize outlines, exhibits, questions, and problems to engage students and enhance learning. Classic and contemporary cases in each chapter highlight key aspects of the law using the judges’ language. The Secret Sentinel case, an integrated, continuous business scenario threaded throughout the text, provides a hypothetical business environment in which students learn to apply the law and integrate legal concepts with other business topics. 

New to the Fourth Edition:  

  • Updated throughout, including cutting-edge state and federal cases 
  • Carefully edited and streamlined presentation make the book even more teachable and accessible 
  • Updated “You Be the Judge” boxes, with materials taken directly from current events 
  • Careful attention given to the new AACSB standards of Global Mindset and Diversity and Inclusion 

Professors and students will benefit from: 

  • Complete topical coverage in a clear and accessible presentation 
  • A continuous hypothetical business model that connects theory and practice  
  • Each chapter includes a Classic Case and a Contemporary Case, offering opportunities to learn case analysis. Instructors can utilize these chapter cases for demonstrating the concepts of the chapter, opening up dialogue for student interactions. 
  • Rich pedagogy that includes learning objectives, discussion questions, case problems incorporating writing assignments. 
    • Discussion Questions can be utilized for online and face-to-face group discussions. 
    • Case Problems and Writing Assignments give instructors a starting point for in-class, hands-on group activities, in which students can work on different cases and share their answers with the class. 
    • Legal terminology is not only defined throughout the text, but practical application and examples are given throughout the chapters to help students grasp the concepts. 
  • Visual aids and exhibits throughout the book that illustrate legal and business concepts 
  • A flexible organization that adapts to a wide range of teaching objectives and courses 
  • The digital Connected Coursebook format gives business law students robust search and highlighting tools, interactive practice questions, and more, that are all integrated into an easy-to-use, streamlined learning experience.
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About the authors
Dan Davidson
Radford University

Dan Davidson is an alumnus of the Indiana University ndash; Bloomington College of Business and the Indiana University ndash; Bloomington School of Law. Professor Davidson has been teaching business law and legal environment classes since 1974, with stops at five different campuses over his career. He is currently teaching and serving (for the second time) as Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance Business Law at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Professor Davidson has previously served as a part of the author team on four other textbooks, and he has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles. Professor Davidson has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and several advising awards during his career. Professor Davidson is married to Dee Davidson, a high school math teacher, and is the proud father of a son, Jaime, who is the marketing director for the Berkshire Theater Company, and a daughter, Tara, who is a high school English teacher.

Lynn M. Forsythe
California State University, Fresno

Lynn M. Forsythe received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She passed the bar examinations in the states of California and Pennsylvania. She is professor of business law at the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. Professor Forsythe has received numerous Craig School of Business awards, including the Research Award in 2008, and the Service Award in 2003 and again in 2006. She held the Verna Mae and Wayne A. Brooks Professorship of Business Law. She is a Coleman Fellow at the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno. She is also a Craig Faculty Fellow in research for 2010-2012. Professor Forsythe is the author or co-author of numerous articles on business law and business law pedagogy. She served as a part of the author team on three other textbooks. She has held the positions of editor-in-chief, staff editor, and reviewer for The Journal of Legal Studies Education. She is currently advisory editor. She received two recent best paper awards, the 2009 Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business Best Paper Award and the 2007 Allied Academies Conference Distinguished Research Paper Award. California State University Fresno Professor Forsythe is active in the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. She has served as the chair and vice-chair of the Business Ethics Section of the academy. She has served in the officer ranks of the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business first from 1983-1987 and again from 2006-2009. She is currently the Proceedings Editor for the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Professor Forsythe is currently the Secretary of the Craig School of Business Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. She is also a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Psi.

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