Nancy B. Rapoport
A complete examination of the Code provisions, case law and current practice trends relevant to the compensation of attorneys, trustees and other professionals involved in bankruptcy cases, including ethical restrictions on employment and new requirements under local rules or administrative orders. Discusses retainer payments in business cases under chapters 7 and 11 of the Code, compensation in consumer and family farmer cases under chapters 7, 12 and 13, and discussion of "zero down payment" retention agreements, limited scope of representation agreements and affidavits of disinterestedness. Contains substantive analysis as well as strategic and practical guidance, sample retainer agreements and United States Trustee Guidelines for reviewing applications for compensation and employment. Includes provisions revised or added pursuant to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
Nancy B. Rapoport and Steven L. Emanuel
Success on the MBE can often influence whether you pass or fail the Bar Exam. It is important to understand the issues of law tested on the exam and to learn how the exam questions are written to test your understanding of the law. With its comprehensive explanations of why one answer choice is the best answer and why the other choices are not, Strategies & Tactics for the MBE 2 helps you gain the ability to select the best answer choice with certainty. The 300 questions in Strategies & Tactics for the MBE 2 are organized by subject area (Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Torts, and Real Property). Within each subject area, questions are broken down by subtopic, allowing you to locate and practice questions in your trouble areas.
Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel, and Bala G. Dharan
This law school text explores the Enron debacle from a variety of different aspects. Essays analyze the business-government interactions and decisions that laid the foundations for Enron's growth and subsequent demise. Other essays describe and detail the complex web of partnerships and accounting tricks used by Enron to hide bad news and project good news. While other essays focus on the ethical and legal dimensions of the Enron crisis, and their lessons for business and law students, as well as for society.
John M. Church, William R. Corbett, Thomas E. Richard, and John Valery White
Tort Law: The American and Louisiana Perspectives has as its primary objective a study of tort law in the United States and Louisiana. It differs from most other torts casebooks, however, in that it has a secondary objective of providing an exercise in comparative law. In the United States, we often overlook the fact that the common law system that prevails in our nation is not the only legal system in the world. Much of the world applies a civil law approach in which a civil code has a more prominent role than case law. In a world in which trade and economics, politics, and law cross national borders, it has become increasingly important to be aware of and conversant in other nations' legal systems. Louisiana, the only state in the United States that can be described as a mixed jurisdiction, using both civil law and common law, provides an excellent model for examining and comparing and contrasting civil law and common law approaches to various legal issues. This book invites the reader to both study tort law and consider the differences and similarities between the common law states and a state that has a civil code and views the role of the courts and the legislature somewhat differently.
Francis J. Mootz III, David Frisch, and Peter A. Alces
This innovative book includes cases, problems, note materials and questions, as well as excerpts from law review articles and other secondary sources that explain the fit among the contemporary sources of Commercial Contracting Law. While the authors emphasize Uniform Commercial Code Articles 1 (as revised) and 2 (as enacted), but there are liberal references to Article 2A, UCITA, UETA, E-Sign, and the CISG to provide a sophisticated yet accessible presentation of the legal rules and principles that govern contemporary sales, leasing, and computer information transactions.
Contemporary commercial contracting presents considerable pedagogical challenges. The authors provide a text that clearly explains the basic commercial context for the rule in question, and then provide materials that enable students to delve into more complex issues. Commercial Contracting: Sales, Leases, and Computer Information includes the cases that have continued to define commercial law for years as well as the most recent decisions that have changed the way we think about commercial contracting. The cases are complemented by extensive problems, permitting the instructor to emphasize either the case or problem approach. The authors have also integrated text and excerpts from treatises and law review articles that both put the issues in transactional context and test the limits of commercial codification. A comprehensive Teacher's Manual is available, and the authors also will provide sample syllabi, teaching notes, and PowerPoint® slides that they have found work well in teaching the course.
Francis J. Mootz III and Peter Goodrich
Legal scholars have only recently begun to address the radical challenges for law and legal theory that follow from Friedrich Nietzsche's pathbreaking work. This collection brings together articles from leading thinkers who consider how Nietzsche's philosophical and rhetorical interventions illuminate the failures of contemporary legal theory. Part One considers the connections between law, political philosophy and Nietzsche's genealogy. Part Two provides a number of competing interpretations of Nietzsche's relevance for legal hermeneutics. Part Three includes articles that chart a course for legal critique that remains true to Nietzsche's radical character. The work of prominent philosophers, including P. Christopher Smith, is joined with the work of leading legal theorists, including Philippe Nonet and leading rhetoricians, including Marianne Constable, to provide complex and sophisticated overview of the manner in which Nietzsche problematizes law and legal theory
Jeffrey W. Stempel
This text examines the 25-year case that began as an auto accident and concluded by making constitutional law. It produced both a hotly contested negligence trial and a path-breaking insurance bad faith case. Along the way, both the Utah and United States Supreme Courts would make significant rulings on settlement, evidence, and punitive damages. The text demonstrates the manner in which many strands of law and policy coalesce in a lawsuit, illustrating the modern legal landscape of torts, civil litigation, contracts, evidence, insurance, professional responsibility, and negotiation and settlement, as well as trial practice.
Jeffrey W. Stempel, David F. Herr, and Roger S. Haydock
This edition includes the latest developments in pretrial practice while enhancing the useful features of previous editions. The 2007 amendments to the federal rules are covered throughout, and the sections on pleading have been updated to discuss federal court pleading requirements in light of Bell Atlantic v. Twombly. It reflects 21st-century practice with the growing use of electronic discovery and court orders, the expanded use of pre-hearing discovery and motions in arbitrations and administrative hearings, and new procedural rule and case law developments across the spectrum of pretrial practice.
David S. Tanenhaus, Kay P. Kindred, Felice Batlan, Alfred L. Brophy, and Mark A. Graber
This 5-volume Macmillan focuses on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present. One of the encyclopedia's distinguishing themes is the examination of case law, the essential texts that form the backbone of legal and pre-legal study in the United States. Overview essays address the history of such topics as citizenship, due process, Native Americans, racism, and contraception, emphasizing the social context of each and the social and political pressures that shaped interpretation. This approach plays directly into the cutting-edge field known as the "law and social issues movement," which studies political and non-judicial history, and advocates a "law outside the courts" approach. The 1,100 peer-reviewed articles cover concepts, cases, topics, personalities, institutions, events, and processes. Written in accessible language and supplemented with a glossary, thematic outline, historical documents, illustrations, and indexes this title provides context and ease-of-use to law and pre-law students, professors, legal professionals and general users.
Christopher L. Blakesley
This title provides an introduction to issues arising in international and transnational crimes, giving students a broader perspective on a developing area of the law. The book also provides faculty and students with material from domestic and international sources. It builds on a number of subjects treated in the traditional criminal law class, such as mens rea, actus reus, accomplice and conspiratorial liability, and defenses, by analyzing three subjects of current interest: transnational crimes, terrorism, and genocide.
Christopher L. Blakesley
This book addresses the complex, challenging, and dangerous problems relating to terrorism and to the attempts to address and stop terrorism. It includes not only a positivistic legal analysis of issues, but attempts to assess the costs facing us all in this modern reality of political violence. Blakesley challenges the so-called realist premise of fighting fire with fire and attempts to devolve a working definition of terrorism that may be applied to whatever group or nation that uses terror or terrorism as a tactic or strategy.
Mary LaFrance, David L. Lange, and Gary Myers
This edition has been thoroughly updated to include all significant legislative and judicial developments through April 2007. In addition, existing materials have been streamlined and restructured, and new topics introduced. In this way, the authors have enhanced the depth and breadth of coverage and facilitated short forays into optional topics, while giving professors tremendous flexibility in choosing the areas they wish to emphasize. In addition, by selecting among the topics presented within each broad subject area, a professor may change the emphasis or scope of the survey course from one year to the next without ever having to change textbooks.
Francis J. Mootz III
Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics is especially relevant for law, which is grounded in the interpretation of authoritative texts from the past to resolve present-day disputes. In this collection, leading scholars consider the importance of Gadamer’s philosophy for ongoing disputes in legal theory. The work of prominent philosophers, including Fred Dallmayr, P. Christopher Smith and David Hoy, is joined with the work of leading legal theorists, such as William Eskridge, Lawrence Solum and Dennis Patterson, to provide an overview of the connections between law and Gadamer’s hermeneutical philosophy. Part I considers the relevance of Gadamer’s philosophy to longstanding disputes in legal theory such as the debate over originalism, the rule of law and proper modes of statutory and constitutional exegesis. Part II demonstrates Gadamer’s significance for legal theory by comparing his approach to the work of Nietzsche, Habermas and Dworkin.
Elaine W. Shoben, William Murray Tabb, and Rachael M. Janutis
This law school casebook focuses on the fundamental tools of judicial remedies, including injunctions, damages, and restitution. Materials have been revised and updated, particularly in the areas of punitive damages, tort reform, specific performance, equitable defenses, preliminary injunctions, and attorney fees. The casebook also provides coverage of topics such as contempt, damage caps, jury trial rights, and declaratory relief.
Elaine W. Shoben, Russell Weaver, and Michael B. Kelly
This book is written in a student-friendly style designed to facilitate learning and comprehension. In addition, the book is up-to-date and contains the latest decisions from the United States Supreme Court and the lower federal and state courts.
John A. Spanogle Jr., Michael P. Malloy, Louis F. Del Duca, Andrea K. Bjorklund, and Keith A. Rowley
This supplementary text facilitates the introduction of international, comparative, and transnational legal issues into the basic contracts course. It covers status and scope of the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), contract formation issues, formal requirements, ambiguity of contract terms, parol evidence under domestic law and under the CISG, irrevocable offers, performance and breach, and comparative and CISG approaches to remedies. It is designed to inform but not overburden the basic contracts course. It also contains carefully drafted problems and notes and is accompanied by a teacher's manual.
Jay S. Bybee, Thomas B. McAffee, and A. Christopher Bryant
Experts in the field of law explain the misunderstandings attached to and the intended meaning of the Ninth Amendment and its relationship to the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
American judges and legal scholars have long misunderstood the intended meaning of the Ninth Amendment and its relationship to the Tenth. Because of misinterpretation, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments have not been used to fulfill their original purposes. The limited and unlimited powers of the federal government have been shaped greatly by that error. In this book the authors clarify the actual meaning of the Ninth Amendment and its connection to the Tenth Amendment in order to provide a clear understanding of the full potential of the two amendments. Historical and contemporary details are included to provide an appreciation of the intended purpose of the amendments.
Francis J. Mootz III
This book describes the significance of rhetorical knowledge for law through detailed discussions of some of the most difficult legal issues facing courts today, including affirmative action, gay rights, and assisted suicide. Francis J. Mootz III responds to both extremes, those who argue that law is merely a rhetorical mask for the exercise of power and those who demonstrate an ideological faith in law’s autonomy, and he breaks new ground by returning to modern classics in the fields of rhetoric and hermeneutics. Drawing from Chaim Perelman's "new rhetoric" and Hans-Georg Gadamer's "philosophical hermeneutics," Mootz argues that justice is a product of rhetorical knowledge. Drawing from Nietzsche, Mootz’s conception of rhetorical knowledge opens up the dynamic possibilities of critical legal theory.
Keith A. Rowley
This study guide includes 230 multiple-choice and short-answer questions arranged topically for ease of use during the semester, plus an additional set of 20 questions comprising a comprehensive "practice exam." For each multiple-choice question, Professor Rowley provides a detailed answer that indicates which of four options is the best answer and explains thoroughly why that option is better than the other three options. Each short-answer question is designed to be answered in fifteen minutes or less. For these questions, Professor Rowley provides a thoughtful, comprehensive, yet brief model answer.
Jeffrey W. Stempel
Designed for practitioners from all professional backgrounds and insurance experience. Covers everything from the basic insurance concepts, principles, and structure of insurance policies to today's most complex issues and disputes. This one-stop resource is practice-oriented and packed with practical guidance. After providing information about insurance contracts and issues in general, it focuses on specific types of policies and coverage such as property coverage, excess and umbrella coverage, and reinsurance, plus such vital areas as employment, defective construction, and terrorism claims...D&O liability...ERISA...computer and cyber losses...bad faith litigation...and much more. Includes an examination of the commercial general liability (CGL) policy, the type of insurance involved in most major coverage cases.
Jean R. Sternlight, James J. Alfini, Sharon B. Press, and Joseph B. Stulberg
This text is a comprehensive guide to the growing field of mediation, combining theoretical, practical, and policy perspectives. Classic mediation and negotiation topics and techniques are presented from a fresh perspectives. The authors weave together excerpts from key books and articles, relevant cases, statutes, and rules and regulations to provide a systematic look at the historical background, theory, ethics, and policy underlying mediation in the United States. They also provide practice guidance for mediators.
The authors devote substantial attention to negotiation theory, to issues of mediator roles and styles, and to critical issues related to mediator behavior including diversity, fairness, and power concerns. The book embraces and encourages class discussion of the emerging and hotly debated issues relating to mediation.
The Second Edition of Mediation Theory and Practice addresses many of the new policy initiatives, significant additions to the literature, and emerging case law in the mediation field that have developed since the First Edition was originally published.
Jean R. Sternlight, Edward Brunet, Richard E. Speidel, and Stephen J. Ware
Arbitration Law in America: A Critical Assessment is a source of arguments and practical suggestions for changing the American arbitration process. The book argues that the 80 year-old Federal Arbitration Act badly needs major changes. The authors, who have previously written major articles on arbitration law and policy, here set out their own views and argue among themselves about the necessary reforms of arbitration. The book contains draft legislation for use in international and domestic arbitration and a detailed explanation of the precise justifications for proposed legislative changes. It also contains two proposals that might be deemed radical - to ban arbitration related to the purchase of products by consumers and to prohibit arbitration of employment disputes. Each proposal is vetted fully and critiqued by one or more of the other co-authors.
Elaine W. Shoben and William Murray Tabb
This Nutshell explains what remedies are and their history. Examines the basic rules for legal and equitable remedies, injunctions, damages, restitution, rescission, reformation, and specific performance. Explains how remedies are used for injuries to realty, personal property and money, personal interests, misrepresentation, mistake, duress, and breach of contract. Also addresses restitution for unenforceable contracts.
Nancy B. Rapoport and Bala G. Dharan
While other books on this infamous scandal have focused on the personalities involved, "Enron: Corporate Fiascos and Their Implications" presents Enron as the quintessential case study of corporate greed. Utilizing essays written by leading scholars and experts in the corporate and legal fields, this text examines the causes and consequences of Enron’s failure from business, financial, legal and ethical viewpoints. "Enron: Corporate Fiascos and Their Alternatives" details the lessons to be learned, and includes sections on "Enron and the Business World," "Enron and The Legal Environment" and "Enron and Ethics."
Jeffrey W. Stempel, Emeric Fischer, and Peter Nash Swisher
The Third Edition of Principles of Insurance Law includes new and expanded treatment of important insurance law developments, including:
• The critical role of insurance binders as temporary forms of insurance as illustrated in the World Trade Center property insurance disputes resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001;
• The continuing debate between “legal formalists” and “legal functionalists” for “the heart and soul” of insurance contract law;
• What constitutes a policyholder’s “reasonable expectation” regarding coverage;
• The current property and liability insurance “crisis”;
• Risk management and self-insurance issues;
• Emerging, and frequently conflicting, case law concerning the intersection of insurance law and federal anti-discrimination regulation;
• On-going interpretive battles over the preemptive scope of ERISA;
• The United States Supreme Court ruling that a California statute attempting to leverage European insurers into honoring commitments to Holocaust era policies is preempted by the Executive’s power over foreign affairs;
• The State Farm v. Campbell decision, which struck down a $145 million punitive damages award in an insurance bad faith claim as well as setting more restrictive parameters for the recovery of punitive damages;
• New issues over the dividing line between “tangible” property typically covered under a property insurance policy and “intangible” property, which is typically excluded—an issue of increasing importance in the digital and cyber age;
• Refinement of liability insurance law regarding trigger of coverage, duty to defend, reimbursement of defense costs, and apportionment of insurer and policyholder responsibility for liability payments;
• The difficult-to-harmonize decisions concerning when a loss arises out of the “use” of an automobile;
• Insurer bad faith and the availability, if any, of actions against a policyholder for “reverse bad faith”; and
• The degree to which excess insurance and reinsurance may be subject to modified approaches to insurance policy construction.