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.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 203.2 x 254 x 17.78mm | 612.35g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 013114748X
  • 9780131147485

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.show more

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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.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Basics Introduction Contract Freedom of contract Sanctity of a contract Meeting of the Minds Bilateral and Unilateral Contracts Contract drafting Objective Theory of Contracts Common Law v. UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) Restatement of Contracts Valid, Void, Voidable Express or Implied Implied-in-fact Implied-in-law (Quasi Contracts) Quantum Meruit Oral Contracts Plain Meaning Rule Executory v. Executed Formal v. Informal contracts Collective Bargaining Agreements Personal Services Contracts Contract Riders Waivers Termination of a Contract Contract Defenses Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Introduction The Offer Definiteness Communication of the Offer Automatic Termination of an Offer Auctions Other Auctions Mailbox Rule Rewards Option Contracts Charitable Subscriptions Acceptance Silence Letter of Intent Quantum Meruit Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet 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 Consideration Pre-existing Duty Rule Past Consideration Illusory Promises Post-Contract Issues Accord and Satisfaction: Release: Forbearance: Rescission: UCC: Cancel at Anytime Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Capacity Introduction Legality Commission of a Crime Usury Gambling Sabbath (Sunday) Laws Licensing Exculpatory clauses Covenants not to sue/Covenants not to compete Restraints of Trade Capacity Minors Ratification Competence Intoxication Necessaries Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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: Defenses Introduction Fraud Caveats Duress Mutual Mistake Raffles v. Wichelhaus Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Frauds Introduction Statute of Frauds Exceptions Parol Evidence Rule (4-corners rule) Exceptions Rules of Construction Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Parties Introduction Privity of Contract Assignment Delegation Third Party Beneficiaries Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Discharge Introduction Conditions Condition Precedent Condition Subsequent Condition Concurrent Performance Unclean Hands Doctrine Contract Clauses Statute of Limitations Bankruptcy American Bankruptcy The Bankruptcy Process BAPCPA The Means Test Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet 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 Remedies Introduction Remedies Damages Compensatory Damages Consequential Damages Liquidated Damages Punitive Damages Mitigation of Damages: Waiver of Breach Specific Performance Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet 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 Contracts Electronic Contracts Online Offers Software Licensing E-signatures UETA UCITA Partnering Agreement Attribution Mass-market license Access contract Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Code Introduction The UCC Articles Sale of Goods Pre-UCC Article 2 Hybrid Sales 2003 Amendments Electronic Deals Outmoded Terms Other Changes Article 2A Offers and the UCC Merchant's Firm Offer Acceptance and the UCC Consideration and the UCC Statute of Frauds and the UCC Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Issues Introduction Delivery Identification of Goods Existing Goods Future Goods Part of a Larger Mass Risk of Loss Shipment contract Destination contract Terms for Shipment Contracts Bill of Lading Imperfect Title 2003 Amendments Insurable Interest Bailment Consignment Conditional Sales Sale or Return Sale on Approval Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet 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 Introduction Perfect Tender Rule Buyer's Obligations Good Faith Duty of Cooperation Adequate Assurance of Performance Place of Delivery Installment Contracts Commercial Impracticability Destruction of Goods Payment for the Goods Letters of Credit Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Case 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 Introduction Seller's Remedies Seller's Resale of Goods Buyer's Remedies Cover Lemon Laws Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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: Warranties Introduction Warranty of Title Express Warranty Implied Warranty Third Parties Disclaimers Statute of Limitations Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Consumer Protection Statutes Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Techniques Introduction Plain English Consumer Protection Old English Use Proper English Ambiguities Appearance Counts Use the 3 P's The Initial Draft Develop a Framework Final Drafting Considerations Chapter Summary Chapter Terms Discussion and Review Questions Internet Pursuits Case 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 Contractshow more

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