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Business in the Contemporary Legal Environment, Fourth Edition

  • Daniel V. Davidson
  • Lynn M. Forsythe
  • Jacquelin J. Curry
Series / Business Law Series
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Business in the Contemporary Legal Environment is a well-written, comprehensive coursebook providing complete coverage of the areas typically included in a one-semester legal environment course. The authors explain various areas of the law in plain English, with an emphasis on the implications and applications of these areas in a business setting. A combination of classic and contemporary cases clearly illustrates how the law is applied. In addition, helpful discussion questions and You Decide questions at the end of each chapter teach students how to identify and analyze legal issues that are frequently encountered in business. Thoughtful pedagogy and well-designed exhibits throughout the book help make the concepts easier to understand.

New to the Fourth Edition:
  • New Contemporary cases are included throughout the book, focusing on current and timely issues.
  • Coverage dedicated to diversity and inclusion thoughtfully integrated into the text.
  • Several chapters discuss technology issues including protecting employee passwords (Chapters 12 and 20); punishing computer crimes (Chapter 13); and protecting technology (Chapters 8 and 20).
  • Students are asked to consider the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in several chapters.
  • Part III on Contracts streamlined to make the content even more accessible and teachable.
Professors and students will benefit from:
  • Student-friendly introduction to those legal topics most relevant to businesspeople.
  • Effective use of cases. Every chapter begins with a Classic Case, a case from the past that helped to set the precedents for the material covered in the chapter. The authors then conclude each chapter with a Contemporary Case, a recent decision that shows a current application of one of the principles discussed in the chapter. The authors wrote the facts, issues, and holdings, and excerpted the reasons from the court opinion to make the cases more manageable.
  • An Ounce of Prevention strategy boxes discuss situations that frequently occur in a business environment and strategies for handling those situations in a manner that will reduce potential legal problems.
  • You Decide questions, based on current issues in the news, engage students with high-interest and relevant topics.
  • Good balance between court cases and author-written text.
  • Exercises and examples that help students to identify and analyze legal issues that are frequently encountered in business.
  • Helpful exhibits that summarize concepts but don't overwhelm the text.
  • Thoughtful, classroom-tested text written by an experienced author team.
  • Helpful glossary of legal terms 
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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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