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Write a 2–page executive
briefing of a selected business-related case that has been decided by a
state court, a federal court, or the United States Supreme Court.
this introductory course to business law, you will examine real-world
court decisions pertinent to the topics that you will be studying. This
is not a course designed to train lawyers, and you are not expected to
be an attorney-in-training. However, you will be entailed to do a
substantial amount of independent research in the scholarly and
professional resources of the field. You will be called upon to locate
court cases in which the legal topics of focus for each assessment are
applied, to select one that you think represents a pertinent example of
the law, and to write an analysis paper for each case.
resources provided to begin to familiarize yourself with the legal
terminology as early as possible, in order to help you make sense of the
complex language often found in court cases. It is vital that you start
by familiarizing yourself with the essential legal terminology, in
order to develop a grounding in the theoretical and conceptual
underpinnings of American business law. The terminology that you will
learn in this course will be useful in both a scholarly and everyday
context.If you have never researched or read court cases before, you may
find these tasks daunting at first. To help you get your research
started, some prominent searchable databases of court cases have been
recommended for you in the Resources. Try to imagine yourself as either
the plaintiff or the defendant in the cases you review, to make these
controversies more resonant to your life. It will help to make the
material more engaging and enjoyable.
By successfully completing
this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following
course competencies and assessment criteria:
- Competency 1: Articulate the importance, context, purpose, and relevance of law in a business environment.
- Summarize the facts and ruling of a legal case.
- Competency 3: Evaluate key judicial concepts that influence the decisions related to business.
- Analyze how a legal case could impact businesses.
- Explain how a legal case could impact a specific organization.
- Competency 5: Develop information literacy skills as applied to business law.
- Exhibit information literacy skills as applied to business law.
U.S. legal system is often misunderstood. In the United States,
jurisprudence is a result of centuries of commercial disputes,
transactional lawsuits, scholarly opinions, and, interestingly,
centuries of developed systems of law from Great Britain.Read the Assessment 1 Context document for important information related to the following topics:
- Common Law Tradition.
- Role of the Judicial Branch.
- Parallel Systems.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution.
deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions
below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an
interested friend, or a member of the business community.
are some of the differences between the models for law systems
throughout the world? What are some of the benefits of each? What are
some of the disadvantages of each?
- What is the difference
between procedural rules and substantive rules? Which are more important
for the average person in society to know? Why?
- How is your
country’s legal system connected to business, and what is its impact? Is
it favorable to the growth of business, or unfavorable? Does it protect
some but not others? Does the legal system foster the goal of resolving
disputes promptly, equitably, and peacefully?
following optional resources are provided to support you in completing
the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional
resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in
the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
Click the links provided to view the following resources:
SHOW LESSCapella MultimediaClick the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:
- Analyzing a Case Law | Transcript.
this course, you will be required to submit case law analysis papers.
This multimedia presentation points out key areas of a case law. Use
this presentation to help you complete your case analyses. Refer to this
media as often as you need to.
- Business Law Foundational Concepts | Transcript.
media piece offers interactive flashcards that you can use to learn (or
review) foundational terms and concepts in business law. Refer to this
study aid often and as needed.
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
- DuBoff, L. D. (2004). The law (in plain English) for small business. Naperville, IL: Sphinx Publishing.
Course Library Guide
Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your
use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the
BUS-FP3021 – Fundamentals of Business Law Library Guide
to help direct your research. Pay particular attention to the Capella
University Library Legal Research Library Guide linked within.
the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note
that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have
been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the
time of course publication.
- Nolo. (2013). Nolo law for all. Retrieved from http://www.nolo.com
resource provides helpful background on a range of legal issues. You
may find the Free Legal Information section of the site particularly
Your assessments throughout this course will
be case law analysis papers based on real-world court decisions you
will choose and research independently. The following suggested
resources provide helpful methods of locating relevant cases:
- FindLaw. (2013). US Supreme Court opinions. Retrieved from www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html
- Cornell University Law School – Legal Information Institute (LII). (n.d.). Supreme Court: Most recent decisions. Retrieved from www.law.cornell.edu/supct
- Nolo. (2011). US Supreme Court center. Retrieved from http://supreme.nolo.com
- Oyez, Inc. (2011). U.S. Supreme Court media – Cases. Retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases
resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in
this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these
materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.
- Miller, R. L., & Cross, F. B. (2018). The legal environment of business: Text and cases (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
this assessment, you will first select an actual business-related legal
case that has been decided by a state court, a federal court, or the
United States Supreme Court, based on briefly conducting associated
research. Based on that, you will then select an organization that you
believe would be impacted by that legal case. Having completed both of
these tasks, you should assume you’re a senior manager in the
organization you selected, and that you were asked to perform an
analysis of the legal case and to write an executive briefing for the
executive team of that same organization. Your executive briefing should
include a summary of the case, as well as an evaluation of how the case
impacts the organization.The purpose of this format is two-fold:
- To give you the opportunity to research and investigate a real court decision.
challenge you to think about the business implications of the case, and
specifically how the case will impact an actual organization.
your case law analysis, you must be able to navigate the court’s
decision, and summarize and evaluate it. You may choose any
business-related court case, either state or federal, as the basis for
your case law executive briefings, as long as the case is applicable to
the assessment topic. You are expected to conduct your own independent
research to locate and evaluate the applicability of cases. A few
appropriate case law websites are recommended for you in the Resources,
but you are not limited to using cases from these sites.For this
assessment, use credible legal research databases and online resources,
research federal and state court cases, and select any business-related
case that has been decided by a state court, a federal court, or the
United States Supreme Court. Then select an organization (potentially
the organization for which you work) that you believe the selected case
might impact. Write an executive briefing that addresses the following:
- Articulate the context and relevance of law in a business environment:
- Identify the parties who are before the court.
- Provide a brief background and context associated with the case. Summarize the facts in no more than 2–3 paragraphs.
- Identify the specific disagreement between the parties.
the ruling of the court and its business relevance in no more than 1–2
paragraphs. Was there a dissenting opinion? If so, explain why some of
the judges or justices disagreed with the majority in the decision.
- Evaluate the business impact of the case:
- Summarize your analysis of how the case will impact businesses in general, including both positive and negative impacts.
- Indicate the organization you selected as potentially impacted by the case, and why you selected that organization.
how the case will impact the specific organization you selected, such
that the executive team will understand the implications of the legal
Based on your executive audience, your
executive briefing should be no more than two pages, and should be well
organized and written in clear, succinct language. Follow APA rules for
attributing sources that support your analysis and conclusions.Academic
Integrity and APA Formatting As a reminder related to using APA rules to
ensure academic honesty:
- When using a direct quote (using exact
or nearly exact wording), you must enclose the quoted wording in
quotation marks, immediately followed by an in-text citation. The source
must then be listed in your references page.
- When paraphrasing
(using your own words to describe a non-original idea), the paraphrased
idea must be immediately followed by an in-text citation and the source
must be listed in your references page.