Contract Law Fundamentals

Contract Law Fundamentals

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Designed for the new paralegal, Contract Law Fundamentals, 1e is a case book and was written to reflect the black-letter law of contracts. It takes a straight forward approach and helps readers develop an understanding of the essence of contract law. A variety of edited cases are included throughout the book, and reflect classic contract law and contemporary rulings in different industries and states.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 203.2 x 254 x 17.78mm | 612.35g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 013114748X
  • 9780131147485

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Designed for the new paralegal, "Contract Law Fundamentals, 1e "is a case book and was written to reflect the black-letter law of contracts. It takes a straight forward approach and helps readers develop an understanding of the essence of contract law. A variety of edited cases are included throughout the book, and reflect classic contract law and contemporary rulings in different industries and states.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The BasicsIntroductionContractFreedom of contractSanctity of a contractMeeting of the MindsBilateral and Unilateral ContractsContract draftingObjective Theory of ContractsCommon Law v. UCC (Uniform Commercial Code)Restatement of ContractsValid, Void, VoidableExpress or ImpliedImplied-in-factImplied-in-law (Quasi Contracts)Quantum MeruitOral ContractsPlain Meaning RuleExecutory v. ExecutedFormal v. Informal contractsCollective Bargaining AgreementsPersonal Services ContractsContract RidersWaiversTermination of a ContractContract DefensesChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review Questions Internet PursuitsCase 1: Harms v. Northland Ford Dealers, 602 N.W.2d 58 (S.D. 1999)Case 2: Hill-Shafer Partnership v. The Chilson Family Trust, 799 P.2d 810 (Ariz. 1990).Exercise: Examination of Musical Artist Contract Rider Chapter 2: The Agreement IntroductionThe OfferDefinitenessCommunication of the OfferAutomatic Termination of an OfferAuctionsOther AuctionsMailbox RuleRewardsOption ContractsCharitable SubscriptionsAcceptanceSilenceLetter of IntentQuantum MeruitChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet Pursuits:Case 1: Lucy v. Zehmer, 84 S.E.2d (Va. 1954)Case 2: Sefton v. Hewitt, 2004 NY Slip Op 50580U Exercise: Examination of Agreement to Mediate. Chapter 3: Consideration ConsiderationPre-existing Duty RulePast ConsiderationIllusory PromisesPost-Contract IssuesAccord and Satisfaction: Release: Forbearance: Rescission: UCC: Cancel at AnytimeChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Cooper v. Smith, 800 N.E.2d 372 (Ohio 2003)Case 2: Hamer v. Sidway, 27 N.E. 256 (N.Y. 1891)Exercise: Sponsorship Agreement Chapter 4: Legality and CapacityIntroductionLegalityCommission of a CrimeUsuryGamblingSabbath (Sunday) LawsLicensingExculpatory clausesCovenants not to sue/Covenants not to competeRestraints of TradeCapacityMinorsRatificationCompetenceIntoxicationNecessariesChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Fres-Co Sys. USA, Inc. v. Bodell, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28140 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 15, 2005)Case 2: Hendersonv. Quest Expeditions, Inc. 174 S.W.3d 730 (Tenn. 2005)Exercise: Employment Contract Analysis Chapter 5: DefensesIntroductionFraudCaveatsDuressMutual MistakeRaffles v. WichelhausChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Gibson v. Publishers Clearing House, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15227 (W.D. Mich. Sept. 29, 2000)Case 2: Donovan v. RRL Corporation, 27 P.3d 702 (Cal. 2001)Exercise: Participant Waiver Chapter 6: The Statute of FraudsIntroductionStatute of FraudsExceptionsParol Evidence Rule (4-corners rule)ExceptionsRules of ConstructionChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Leonard v. PepsiCo., Inc., 88 F.Supp.2d 116 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)Case 2: Coca-Cola Co. v. Babyback's Int'l, Inc., 841 N.E.2d 557 (Ind. 2006)Exercise: Prenuptial Agreement Chapter 7: Third PartiesIntroductionPrivity of ContractAssignmentDelegationThird Party BeneficiariesChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Hoffman v. Red Owl Stores, 133 N.W.2d 267 (Wis. 1965)Case 2: Donnalley v. Sterling, 689 S.E.2d 639 (Ga. App. 2005)Exercise: Non-Assignment clause in a web hosting agreement: is it sufficient? Chapter 8: Performance, Completion and DischargeIntroductionConditionsCondition PrecedentCondition SubsequentCondition ConcurrentPerformanceUnclean Hands DoctrineContract ClausesStatute of LimitationsBankruptcyAmerican BankruptcyThe Bankruptcy ProcessBAPCPAThe Means TestPension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Chapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet Pursuits:Case 1: Silvestri v. Optus Software, 814 A.2d 602 (N.J. 2001)Case 2: America's Favorite Chicken Co. v. Samaras, 929 S.W.2d 617 (Tex. 1996)Exercise: Cosignor Form Chapter 9: Breach of Contract and RemediesIntroductionRemediesDamagesCompensatory DamagesConsequential DamagesLiquidated DamagesPunitive DamagesMitigation of Damages: Waiver of BreachSpecific PerformanceChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet Pursuits:Case 1: Mohammed Al-Safin v. CircuitCity, 394 F.3d 1254 (9th Cir. 2004)Case 2: RockinghamCountyv. Luten Bridge Co., 35 F.2d 301 (4th Cir. 1929)Exercise: TBD Chapter 10: Electronic ContractsElectronic ContractsOnline OffersSoftwareLicensingE-signaturesUETAUCITAPartnering AgreementAttributionMass-market licenseAccess contractChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Durick v. Ebay, Inc., 2006 Ohio App. LEXIS 4773 (Ohio Ct. App., Sept. 11, 2006)Case 2: Hotels.com, L.L.P. v. Canales, 195 S.W.3d 147 (Tex. App. 2006)Exercise: Prepare a case brief regarding the validity of arbitration claims in light of E.E.O.C. v. Waffle House, Inc., 534 U.S. 279 (2002) Chapter 11: The Uniform Commercial CodeIntroductionThe UCCArticlesSale of GoodsPre-UCCArticle 2Hybrid Sales2003 AmendmentsElectronic DealsOutmoded TermsOther ChangesArticle 2AOffers and the UCCMerchant's Firm OfferAcceptance and the UCCConsideration and the UCCStatute of Frauds and the UCCChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Newmark v. Gimbels, Inc., 258 A.2d 697 (N.J. 1969)Case 2: Webster v. Blue Ship Tea Room, Inc., 198 N.E.2d 309 (Mass. 1964)Exercise: Chapter 12: Shipping and Delivery IssuesIntroductionDeliveryIdentification of GoodsExisting GoodsFuture GoodsPart of a Larger MassRisk of LossShipment contractDestination contractTerms for Shipment ContractsBill of LadingImperfect Title2003 AmendmentsInsurable InterestBailmentConsignmentConditional SalesSale or ReturnSale on ApprovalChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet Pursuits:Case 1: Wilsonv. Brawn of California, Inc., 2005 Cal. App. LEXIS 1393 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2005)Case 2: Garlock v. Multiple Parking Services, Inc., 1980 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2228 (N.Y. City Ct. 1980)Exercise: Consignment Agreement Chapter 13: Performance of UCC Contracts IntroductionPerfect Tender RuleBuyer's ObligationsGood FaithDuty of CooperationAdequate Assurance of PerformancePlace of DeliveryInstallment ContractsCommercial ImpracticabilityDestruction of GoodsPayment for the GoodsLetters of CreditChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsCase 1: Star Mach. v. Ford Motor Co., 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 15392 (6th Cir. Mich. July 7, 1998) Case 2: Chainworks, Inc., v. WEBCO Industries, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9194 (2006)Exercise: Explore various letters of credit online. Chapter 14: UCC Remedies IntroductionSeller's RemediesSeller's Resale of GoodsBuyer's RemediesCoverLemon LawsChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review Questions Internet PursuitsCase 1: Barry & Sewall Ind. Supp. Co. v. Metal-Prep of Houston, Inc., 912 F.2d 252 (8th Cir. 1990) Case 2: Zine v. Chrysler Corp., 600 N.W.2d 384 (Mich. 1999)Exercise: Chapter 15: WarrantiesIntroductionWarranty of TitleExpress WarrantyImplied WarrantyThird PartiesDisclaimersStatute of LimitationsMagnuson-Moss Warranty Act Consumer Protection StatutesChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: Golden v. Gorno Bros., Inc., 410 F.3d 879 (6th Cir. 2005)Case 2: OgdenMartin Systems of Indianapolis, Inc. v. Whiting Corp., 179 F.3d 523 (7th Cir. 1999)Exercise: Consumer Protection Act examination Chapter 16: Contract Drafting Suggestions and TechniquesIntroductionPlain EnglishConsumer ProtectionOld EnglishUse Proper EnglishAmbiguitiesAppearance CountsUse the 3 P'sThe Initial DraftDevelop a FrameworkFinal Drafting ConsiderationsChapter SummaryChapter TermsDiscussion and Review QuestionsInternet PursuitsCase 1: United Servs. Auto. Ass'n v. ADT Sec. Servs., 2006 Ky. App. LEXIS 284 (Ky. Ct. App. Sept. 8, 2006)Case 2: B.L. Harbert International, L.L.C. v. Hercules Steel Co., 441 F.3d 905 (11th Cir. 2006)Exercise: Personal Appearance Contract
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About Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein is an Associate Professor of Finance and Law in the College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University. He has published numerous articles in the areas of sports law and business law, and has represented numerous professional athletes over the years including several national champions and Olympic athletes. This is his third textbook.
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