BUS 415 (Business Law)
Week 1 DQ 1
What is a business’s obligation to build an ethical culture and balance its desire for profit with ethical responsibilities to employees, customers, society, and the environment?
Week 1 DQ 2
Miguel buys a truck in Texas, and then moves to Washington. A year later, he is driving his truck in Oklahoma, and causes an accident by running into another car, whose driver is from Florida. In what states will the other driver be able to sue Miguel? State the reasons for your answer.
Week 1 DQ 3
Think about how the U.S. Constitution outlines and details the responsibilities and powers associated with each of the branches of the U.S. government and how power is balanced between these branches. Using that analysis, answer the following. What parts of the Constitution are used to protect and/or regulate businesses? Discuss what part of the US Government or the Constitution affects your business or industry the most and why. Which branch or branches of the government play the largest role in your example?
Week 1 Assignment: BUS 415 Week 1 Business Ethics Case Paper (350+ Words)
Week 2 DQ 1
Paulette is the owner of the Rock On Mobile Home Park. For several years, Albert regularly collected rent for Paulette from the tenants of the mobile home park. Recently, Paulette learned that Albert pocketed some rent he collected, so Paulette fired Albert, and revoked his authority to collect rent payments from tenants. However, neither Paulette nor Albert told any tenants of Albert’s termination. Yesterday, Albert went around to Theresa’s mobile home and asked for the rent. Theresa paid Albert the money owed to Paulette. Albert never gave this money to Paulette. Is Theresa liable to pay Paulette? Why or why not? What legal principle did you apply? Discuss an agent’s obligations toward his principal.
Week 2 DQ 2
Mary is cutting weeds at her home. She is unable to trim some weeds she finds, because they grew between the rocks, so she removes the protective guard on the weed trimmer and trims the weeds. There are no warnings on the weed trimmer advising against removing the guard. She hits a rock, which is thrown to the side, hitting her neighbor in the eye and causing permanent damage. What kind of tort claim does the neighbor have? Who are the possible defendants?
Week 2 DQ 3
Felix is a school bus driver. He is driving children home from school one day, when he is distracted by a fight in the back of the bus. He turns to see what is happening behind him, and accidentally strikes and kills two twins riding bicycles in the bike lane. One twin is a brain surgeon, and the other is a garbage collector. Each has dependents. Explain how damages will be calculated for each victim, and why the families will collect different amounts. Is this a fair system? Why or why not?
Week 2 Assignment: BUS 415 Week 2 Individual State of Confusion Paper (1250+ Words)
Week 3 DQ 1
Hazel is 84, and suffers from debilitating arthritis. Sometimes, she can barely walk. Every time Hazel has been unable to get around, her neighbor Ruth cooks and cleans for her until she feels better. Hazel has offered to pay Ruth, but Ruth always declines. One day when Hazel is feeling well, she and Ruth eat out in a restaurant, and Hazel tells Ruth she is going to leave her $50,000 in her will. Six months later, Hazel dies without leaving a will. Can Ruth successfully sue Hazel’s estate for $50,000? State the legal reasons for your answer.
Week 3 DQ 2
What is the purpose of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)? What types of transactions are covered by the UCC? What problems was the UCC designed to address? How would interstate transactions be different without the UCC? Provide an example.
Week 3 DQ 3
Distinguish between a joint tenancy and a tenancy in common with regards to real property. What are the differences in the owners’ rights and obligations between the types of ownership?
Week 3 Assignment: BUS 415 Week 3 LT Assignment Synopsis of Tort Cases Paper (2050+ Words)
Week 4 DQ 1
Elaine and Roy are registered nurses. They want to start a home health agency, taking referrals from physicians and providing health care to homebound patients. They plan to be in business for 10 years. Identify the reasons why incorporation is an effective idea for their business, the steps they must take to incorporate their business, and the steps they must take to dissolve the corporation once the 10 years has passed.
Week 4 DQ 2
Tom inherited his father’s landscaping business, and incorporated the business after he read an article in Lawn News, advising landscaping businesses to incorporate. Tom has been sued by a customer, whose prize rose bushes were accidentally damaged by a landscaper. Tom called his attorney, Hector, to represent him in the lawsuit. When Hector asked for the corporate minutes, Tom said, “What corporate minutes?” Hector advised Tom that his personal assets could be taken if he lost the suit, but Tom said, “No, don’t worry! I’m a corporation; I have no personal liability!” Is Tom correct? Identify and discuss the legal principle that would be applied by a court to resolve this issue, and predict the outcome of the suit against Tom.
Week 4 DQ 3
Michael and Dwight decide to start up an online novelty mug store called “World’s Best Mugs.” Michael plans to be the boss of the company and will handle the inventory and distribution in his condo. Dwight is not planning on providing any of the funding for the store, but will be the lead salesman. Michael has contracted with Ryan to design mugs for the store. Unfortunately, Ryan is not very good at his job and spends most of his design time listening to his iPod he got for Christmas.
Week 4 Assignment:
BUS 415 Week 4 LT Assignment Food mart, Inc. Paper (1950+ Words)
Week 5 DQ 1
What is the chronological order of the major legislation that makes up the history of employment law in this country? For each law, state the social problem the law was designed to address, and discuss how employment law has affected the workplace in thelast two decades.
Week 5 DQ 2
Your employee, Tom Smith, believes women are treated as inferiors in the department where he works. He has complained to his supervisor, Doug Greer, who is also your employee, and to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Greer has responded by reducing Smith’s salary and opportunities for overtime. Does Smith have a case against your company? If so, describe his cause of action and what he must prove to recover.
Week 5 Assignment:
Business Entities, Control, Taxation and Liability Laws & Regulations (1750+ Words)
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