LFB: Schedule

Before Module 1 (before August 24th)

Complete this deliverable by visiting the Before We Begin page in ShannonWeb.

Module 1: Introduction To The Legal Environment

Week 1, Classes 1 & 2

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 1, The American Legal System
  • Watch the videos on the American Legal System

During Class:

  • Introduction to the course
  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 1, The American Legal System
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • Develop your Success Plan

Week 2, Classes 3 & 4

Before Class:

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 2, Court Systems
    • International Shoe Co. v. State of Washington (p14)
    • Harrods Ltd. v. Sixty Internet Domain Names (p22)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • Success Plan due Thursday no later than 10:34p
  • Brief International Shoe Co. v. State of Washington (see the textbook, Appendix C for guidance on briefing a case)
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 3, Class 5

Monday: Labor Day – No Class

Before Class:

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 3, Constitutional Perspectives
    • City of Burbank v. Lockheed Air Terminal, Inc. (p41)
    • NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. (p46)
    • Wickard v. Fillburn (p49)
    • Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (p51)
    • Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins (p54)
    • Gonzalez v. Raich (p57)
    • Mennonite Board of Missions v. Adams (p63)
    • Kelo et al. v. City of New London et al. (p66)
    • Packer Corporation v. Utah (p69)
    • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Comm’n (p72)
    • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (p76)
  • Review the Constitution of the United States of America
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 4, Classes 6 & 7

Before Class:

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 3, Constitutional Perspectives
    • City of Burbank v. Lockheed Air Terminal, Inc. (p41)
    • NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. (p46)
    • Wickard v. Fillburn (p49)
    • Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (p51)
    • Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins (p54)
    • Gonzalez v. Raich (p57)
    • Mennonite Board of Missions v. Adams (p63)
    • Kelo et al. v. City of New London et al. (p66)
    • Packer Corporation v. Utah (p69)
    • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Comm’n (p72)
    • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (p76)
  • Review the Constitution of the United States of America
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 5, Classes 8 & 9

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 5, Contracts Overview, Chapter 6, The Agreement and Chapter 7, Consideration
  • Watch the videos on Contract Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 5, Contracts Overview, Chapter 6, The Agreement and Chapter 7, Consideration
    • Day v. Caton (p101)
    • Williams v. Walker – Thomas Furniture Store (p104)
    • Wille v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (p108)
    • Lucy v. Zehmer (p114)
    • Lefkowitz v. Great Minneapolis Surplus Store, Inc. (p116)
    • Morrison v. Thoelke (p122)
    • A. G. King Tree Surgeons v. Deeb (p129)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #1 available on Sunday at 1p
  • TID #1 Initial Response due on Thursday no later than 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Module 2: Contracts

Week 6, Classes 10 & 11

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 6, The Agreement, and Chapter 7, Consideration
  • Watch the videos on Contract Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 6, The Agreement and Chapter 7, Consideration
    • Lucy v. Zehmer (p114)
    • Lefkowitz v. Great Minneapolis Surplus Store, Inc. (p116)
    • Morrison v. Thoelke (p122)
    • A. G. King Tree Surgeons v. Deeb (p129)

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #1 comment period closes on Sunday at 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 7, Class 12 & 13

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 8, Contractual Capacity and Chapter 9, Genuineness of Assent
  • Watch the videos on Contract Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 8, Contractual Capacity and Chapter 9, Genuineness of Assent
    • Harvey v. Hadfield (p137)
    • Raffles v. Wichelhaus and Another (p144)
    • Vokes v. Arthur Murray, Inc. (p149)
    • Sellers v. Looper (p152)
    • Puckett Paving v. Carrier Leasing Corp. (p154)
    • Bergeron v. Dupont (p156)
    • Miller v. Plains Insurance Co. (p158)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #2 available on Sunday at 1p
  • TID #2 Initial Response due on Thursday no later than 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 8, Classes 14 & 15

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 10, Writing and Form and Chapter 11, Legality
  • Watch the videos on Contract Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 10, Writing and Form and Chapter 11, Legality
    • Louron Industries, Inc. v. Holman (p165)
    • Laos v. Soble (p176)
    • Markus & Nocka v. Julian Goodrich Architects, Inc. (p178)
    • Frederick v. Professional Bldg. Main. Indus. Inc. (p181)
    • Hygrade Oil Co. v. New Jersey Bank (p183)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #2 comment period closes on Sunday at 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 9, Classes 16 & 17

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 12, Performance and Discharge and Chapter 13, Remedies for Breach of Contract
  • Watch the videos on Contract Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 12, Performance and Discharge and Chapter 13, Remedies for Breach of Contract
    • Plante v. Jacob (p191)
    • Parker v. Arthur Murray, Inc. (p195)
    • Hadley v. Baxendale (p201)
    • Tower City Grain Co. v. Richman (p205)
    • Campbell Soup Co. v. Wentz (p207)
    • Parker v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (p209)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Module 3: Business Associations

Week 10, Classes 18 & 19

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 14, Agency and Chapter 15, Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships
  • Watch the videos on Agency Law and Business Organizations

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 14, Agency and Chapter 15, Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships
    • Helene A. Gordon et al. v. Andrew Tobias (p217)
    • Robert M. Bailey v. Richard Worton D/B/A Worton Asphalt & Paving (p218)
    • Carl Shen v. Leo A. Daly Company (p221)
    • Reilly v. Meffe (p233)
    • In Re Ranch (p238)
    • Sriraman v. Patel (p241)
    • Laplace v. Laplace (p244)
    • Bartlett v. Pickford (p249)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #3 available on Sunday at 1p
  • TID #3 Initial Response due on Thursday no later than 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 11, Classes 20 & 21

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 16, Corporations and Hybrid Forms of Organization
  • Watch the videos on Business Organizations

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 16, Corporations and Hybrid Forms of Organization
    • Haseotes v. Cumberland Farms, Inc. (p264)
    • Brehm v. Eisner (p267)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #3 comment period closes on Sunday at 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Module 4: Regulatory Environment

Week 12, Classes 22 & 23

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 17, Employment Law, Regulation and Labor Law
  • Watch the videos on Employment Law OverviewRegulation and Labor Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 17, Employment Law, Regulation and Labor Law
    • Metcalf v. Intermountain Gas Co. (p284)
    • Cocchiara v. Lithia Motors, Inc. (p286)
    • Corning Glass Works v. Brennan (p289)
    • City of Ontario v. Quon (p298)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 13, Classes 24 & 25

Before Class:

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 18, Employment Discrimination
    • Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins (p313)
    • Smith v. Monsanto Chemical Co. (p315)
    • EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (p317)
    • Faragher v. City of Boca Raton (p322)
    • Griggs v. Duke Power Co. (p325)
    • Ricci v. DeStefano (p327)
    • Taxman v. Board of Education (p332)
    • Grutter v. Bollinger (p333)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #4 available on Sunday at 1p
  • TID #4 Initial Response due on Thursday no later than 11p
  • Complete two (2) comments on the Course Blog no later than Friday evening at 9p

Week 14, Class 26

Before Class:

  • Read and prepare the cases and materials in Chapter 19, Antitrust Law
  • Watch the videos on Antitrust Law

During Class:

  • Discuss the cases and materials in Chapter 19, Antitrust Law
    • The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey et al v. U.S. (p340)
    • California Dental Association v. FTC (p342)
    • FTC v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association (p345)
    • Palmer v. BRG Of Georgia, Inc. (p346)
    • Interstate Circuit v. U.S. (p349)
    • United States v. Grinnell Corporation et al (p352)
    • Cargill, Inc. & Excel Corporation v. Monfort of Colorado, Inc. (p356)
    • Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. Independent Ink, Inc. (p358)
    • Lippa’s, Inc. v. Lenox, Inc. (p360)
  • Review current events

Deliverable(s):

  • TID #4 comment period closes on Sunday at 11p
  • Success Plan due Tuesday no later than 5:18p

Week 15, Classes 27 & 28

Deliverable(s):

  • Discuss the Final Exam. The final exam will be a writing assignment requiring each student to define, interpret, and analyze a topic or topics related to the course materials. Details TBA

LFB: Review This First

Stillman’s Mission

… is to enrich each student’s life through an ethics-centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice.

Welcome To The Course

Welcome to the Legal Environment of Business. This is the first section of your course syllabus. We will meet F2F weekly both in class and remotely via Teams. I will update this syllabus if I add something to the course or if something unexpected intervenes … like a hurricane, blizzard or returning to fully remote class meetings. It is your responsibility to remain current on course assignments and materials by reviewing this syllabus regularly for updates.

You should review the entire course syllabus beginning with Review This First and then the calendar, Deliverables, Schedule and any other materials included in this course site carefully. You will find answers to any questions when you review the rest of the information included here. If you have any questions after you’ve reviewed this syllabus and the rest of the course site, you can DM me in Teams to contact me.

Before We Meet

We will meet for the first time on Monday, August 24th … before we meet please review the protocol necessary for all of our remote meetings

BLAW2301AB at 11a in LB4 – we will now meet remotely via Teams, please see your Outlook or Teams calendar for links to our Teams class meetings
BLAW2301AG at 2p in LB3  – we will now meet remotely via Teams, please see your Outlook or Teams calendar for links to our Teams class meetings

Before we meet please click Before We Begin to complete some housekeeping items that include introducing yourself, agreeing to the learning contract and completing your O365 profile.

Click the course links above to join your Teams workspace. It is important that you complete your signup immediately since all of our course communication will be via Teams and I will not use email for our course communication in the future.

Introduction

This course’s subject matter will include an introduction to the American legal system, incorporating a survey of US court systems and types of jurisprudence; an introduction to the US Constitution with an analysis of certain basic constitutional concepts, constitutional amendments and illustrative cases. We will examine ethical and international perspectives of the law related to contemporary business. Areas of study will also include contract law, the law of business organizations and the regulatory environment. Students will examine the ethical challenges that arise at the intersection of law and business.

What Should You Expect?

The subject matter of the course is interesting, challenging and always timely. While we examine the basis and evolution of our legal system we will always keep an eye on how that legal system impacts the business environment in real time. We will use a variety of digital platforms to interact with each other and the course materials. You will actively engage in the course through the use of the Socratic Method, both in class and during our digital discussions outside class. You will have a better sense of what to expect during a class session after you review my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

Learning Objectives

This is an introductory class in the legal environment that is intended to help students improve in the competencies of critical thinking, communication, oral presentation, technology, and ethics. This course will help prepare students to meet the legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities they can expect to encounter as managers of private and public businesses. The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the various legal tools available to managers engaged in evaluating and pursuing opportunities. The objective is not to teach business students how to think like lawyers, but rather to teach students how to become more legally astute so they can handle the legal aspects of management with confidence.

Required Course Text

Hunter, Shannon, Amoroso & O’Sullivan-Gavin. Law, Business and Regulation: A Managerial Perspective, CreateSpace (2017).

The required course text is available from several sources.

Professors Hunter, Amoroso, O’Sullivan-Gavin and I have decided to provide a digital version of the text for your use this semester at no cost to our students. You will find the digital version here. Access to a digital version of the text will facilitate your course work particularly while we are engaged in remote learning.

If you prefer to purchase a print copy of the text it is available for purchase from the SHU bookstore. You can also click the link above to order the text directly from Amazon. You will need the text before our first class meeting to complete the assignments described in the Schedule.

N.B. Do not purchase The Legal Environment of Business: A Managerial and Regulatory Perspective, 3rd Ed. CreateSpace (2011).

Additional Materials

I may assign additional materials for use in our course. I will post links to those materials in advance in the Schedule. Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.

Technology

Since you have reviewed my Course Policies, you are already familiar with my expectations about the use of technology in my courses. Your participation in this course will require you to engage with a number of different digital platforms. Our communication and collaboration platform will be Teams. If you need to reach me or have a question, please DM in Teams. We use Teams video for our virtual office hours on Tuesday mornings. You will prepare your writing assignments using digital platforms that will allow you to incorporate multimedia that will enhance your text based content. You will use resources as varied as a search engine (GoogleDuckDuckGo or Bing) and also the resources available from our own Walsh Library.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” when it comes to the “how to” aspects of a project. If you don’t know how to do something … “Google” it!

Many of my students have told me that “figuring it out” was both an unexpected and beneficial experience and a critical learning outcome.

Course Policies

It is your responsibility to become familiar with my Course Policies including in class performance; attendance, preparation & participation; assignments; course communication; assessment and plagiarism. Please review them carefully.

As in the law … ignorance (of the Course Policies) is not an excuse.

Contact Me

Professor John H. Shannon

  • Office: 651 Jubilee Hall or Teams
  • Communications: Teams DM (preferred) or email at john DOT shannon AT shu DOT edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 12:30p – 1:30p; Tue, 9:30a – 10:30a; also by appt, all office hours and other meetings will be held via Teams since it is impossible to observe social distancing rules in a small space.

We can schedule an alternative meeting time if you are not available during my office hours. As you know, our course communications platform is Teams. Please DM me in Teams with some days/times when you are available and we can schedule a video conference in Teams.

I can be reached via any number of platforms … Teams (preferred), email, voice or video. As a general rule, I am available if I am online. You can DM me in Teams or, if you are already enrolled in one of my courses, post a question to the #Course Questions channel in our course’s Teams workspace. I will try to reply to any communications as soon as possible but certainly no more than 24 hours after receipt. If you prefer a video conference (and who doesn’t?) please DM me with some convenient days/times and we’ll set it up.

My office hours are subject to change pretty much every semester so please check your course syllabus for my current office hours (see above). I have, in the past, generally scheduled at least one hour a week using Teams video to accommodate those who have a conflict with my scheduled office hours. Since we are conducting all office hours and other meetings via Teams and if you are unavailable to meet during my scheduled office hours, you can schedule an appointment for a video conference via Teams. I prefer video conferences because they give me more options when answering your questions.

That said, I do try to carve out some space for thoughtful consideration of life. The practical impact of that desire is to keep evenings and weekends clear for family, friends and other forms of social interaction. If you going to ping me late on a Friday then I will get back to you on Monday unless it is an emergency … a REAL emergency.

When communicating with me please include the following information: your name, the question or issue to be resolved, your course/section and any other necessary information.

LFB: Deliverables

You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.

Engagement

Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. In business, that is called just “meeting expectations”, the lowest level of achievement. I expect that all of my students are prepared to actively participate in our in-class, and digital, discussions since that is a key way to learn as much as possible. Please review the protocol necessary for all of our remote meetings before we meet. This course is about active, on-the-field engagement, not one focused primarily on lectures. We will focus on assigned cases using the Socratic method to engage with, and learn, the course material. That will require you to complete the Before We Begin deliverables found in the Schedule. Assessment of your preparedness and engagement may include your performance on unscheduled content quizzes. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement page of the Policies section of this site.

Success Plan

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Teams. Your first deliverable will be the development of a plan describing the specific steps/actions you must take that you believe are necessary for success in this course. The end-in-mind of this effort is for you to provide the path/process that you choose to address the challenges and opportunities for growth and learning that this experience presents. It is intended, also, as your definition of the template you will utilize throughout your personal and professional life in undertaking challenging situation, issue and other major confrontations. Your submission, in a minimum of 750 words, should address the suggestions for success described here. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc.

Course Blog

Post your comments in the Course Blog that I maintain for my courses. I post items of interest that are relevant to the material covered in my courses. The materials in the posts will be discussed over the course of the semester in class and on-line. You are responsible for keeping current on the posts to the blog and providing comments. The submission schedule is included in the Schedule. My goal is to encourage an active discussion between and among all of my students related to the events of the day. And remember … it is a public blog … be certain that your comments comport with the etiquette requirements described in the Etiquette section of the Communication page. I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your blog comments:

  • A thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary/response to the blog post you have chosen – approximately 350 words per comment; and
  • Your comments should not simply regurgitate the article you have reviewed. I have no interest in reading a “book report” version of the article that you have chosen. I am, however, interested in comments that provide your insight into the relevance of the article in question, and
  • Evidence in your blog comments in that you have read and are specifically and thoughtfully responding to the points raised by the author and/or if responding to someone’s prior comments on a post.

Please refer to the Schedule and calendar for details about the blog comments submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions! Click here to subscribe to the course blog’s Twitter feed.

Topic | Issue Discussions

Complete this deliverable by posting your contributions to the appropriate TID channel in Teams. A discussion is defined as “an act or instance of discussing” and “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc.” You will engage in a topic/issue discussion (TID) in each Module of the course. Each TID will begin with an article, video, podcast and/or question. Your initial response, in a minimum of 750 words, to the TID is your answer to the question(s) posed and issues raised,  a reflection of your consideration of the issues that flow from those materials. The post function in Teams provides you great flexibility when preparing and posting your initial response to the TID. I fully expect that you will rely on sources in support of your position … whether in your initial response to the TID or during the continuing conversation. When you do refer to a source you should create a hyperlink to the additional materials that help explain or support your position. The post function in Teams also allows for adding comments to a specific post. That said, our continuing discussion is an important part of the TID exercise. You will note that there is a comment period available in each TID cycle. As I have noted elsewhere, you should engage your classmates “… with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts  …” during the comment period. The point of the exercise is to generate a robust conversation about the issue(s) at hand. These discussions, your engagement, are essential to create the atmosphere of active learning and critical thinking that is an integral part of this course. All students must express their own opinions and engage with other students in the process. Our TID discussions are ongoing so simply posting your initial response to the TID will not be sufficient. You must engage your classmates with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts (see the comment period in each TID cycle). Remember, discussion is defined as “an act or instance of discussing” and “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc.”. The good news is that Teams will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for F2F, in person conversations. Your initial response (a minimum of 750 words) and discussion posts (a minimum of 5 such posts) must satisfy the Writing and Research requirements described in the Deliverables section of the Course Policies section. Never post a Word or Google doc. I will evaluate your level of engagement, the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, your success in writing on a digital platform, appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis when assessing your submissions. Please refer to the Schedule and Calendar for details about the TID submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions!

Success Assessment

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Teams. Your last deliverable before the final exam will be an assessment of the Success Plan that you developed at course launch.  Please reflect on the substance of your Success Plan and describe how your pre-launch perspective on the course, your learning during the course and the outcomes you described earlier have developed favorable, or unfavorable, outcomes. This is not an exercise about whether you have achieved the grade you anticipated. It should be a reflection on how your personal and professional goals have been impacted by the choices you have made in planning and execution, both in what was achieved and how it (Success Plan) was achieved. Your assessment, in a minimum of 750 words should be submitted by posting your assessment to the #success channel. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc.

Final Exam

Complete this deliverable by visiting the Final Exam folder in Blackboard. The final exam will be a writing assignment requiring each student to define, interpret, and analyze a topic or topics related to the course materials. Never post a Word or Google doc.

Grading

Grades on each deliverable will be posted to the My Grades folder in Blackboard. The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:

  • Engagement (20%)
  • Course Blog (10%)
  • TIDs (60%)
  • Final Exam (10%)