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Legal/Ethical Issues in Business: In Depth Study Guide

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Legal/Ethical Issues in Business: In Depth Study Guide BUS 205

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Date Created: 09/18/16
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business Study Guide Help Important definitions to know:  Grand Jury o 16 jurors determine whether there is a probable cause in order to issue and  indictment  Writ of Certiorari  o Request that an appellate court hear an appeal (discretionary)  Precedent o Theory of law where judges are obligated to follow precedents established in prior decisions  Stare Decisis o “To stand on a decided case”  Subject Matter o Specific court hears specific cases  Personal (long­arm statutes) o Does the court have the right to hear the case personally based on minimum  contact and location?  Minimum Contact o Enough personal jurisdiction by court for defendant  In Rem Jurisdiction o “Jurisdiction over the thing” o Real property  Diversity of Citizenship o Must have citizens of different states and the amount of the controversy is over  $75,000  Federal Questions Jurisdiction o Any case based on, at least in part, on the U.S. Constitution, a federal law, or  federal treaty  Standing o Before a person can sue they must show they have suffered real harm or  prospective harm  Venue o Location  Delegation Doctrine o 1) Rulemaking; 2) Enforcement; 3) Adjudication  Subpoena o Ordering a person to attend court  Subpoena Ducus Tecum  o Ordering witness to bring specific documents  Commerce o All business dealings that affect more than one state  Substantial Effect Rule o Does the activity substantially affect interstate commerce?  Police Power o Power to protect or promote health, safety, general welfare, public order, and  morals  Supremacy Clause o Federal law wins over state law o State law is allowed to be stricter than federal law  Procedural Due Process o Any governmental action to take away a person’s life, liberty, or property must be given procedural safeguards to ensure fairness  Substantive Due Process o A form of due process that says that certain rights are so fundamental that the  government may not eliminate them o Focus on the content or substance of a law (not the government action)  Equal Protection o The government must treat similarly situated individuals must be treated in the  same manner  Defamatory Speech o False speech that harms the reputation of another  Fighting Words o Anything likely to incite violence Parties to a case:  Plaintiff o The person bringing the lawsuit  Defendant o The person getting sued or charged with a crime Steps of the Civil Process  Fills out a complaint and a summons o These are two separate documents o Summons: plaintiff requires defendant to respond by a certain date  Defendant files an answer o Admit and/or deny  Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (Plaintiff)  OR        Motion to Dismiss (defendant)  Discovery o Asked to exchange information with each other o 4 types  Interrogatories – written  Depositions – oral  Request for Production of documents  Electronic Discovery  Request for admissions   Motion for Summary Judgment  o Ruling on the pleadings o Questions whether the trial is necessary o No genuine/material question of fact o Most judges deny these due to Jury System  Pretrial Disclosures o What is the evidence? Witnesses? Exhibits?  Trial – Verdict Decree or Ruling  Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict o Defendant asks judge to not pay attention to jury decision  Motion for a New Trial o Usually filed with the previous motion o 99.9% denied  Appeal Steps for Criminal Process  Ticket/Arrest/Booking  1  Appearance  Bail/Bond  Preliminary Hearing o DEA presents evidence to court and court determines if the evidence is valid  Making sure that people aren’t being held for the wrong reasons o These are for the most serious cases  Arraignment/Plea o Are you pleading guilty or not guilty?  Guilty – goes straight to sentencing  Not Guilty – goes to trial first  Trial  Sentence  Post Conviction Relief o Asking trial court for new trial or to overturn the verdict  Appeal Equitable Remedies   Eye for an eye o Criminal or Civil Legal Remedies  Based off money or punishment o Criminal Case State Court Systems  Start at: 1. Trial Court  Limited jurisdiction  Only specific types of cases they are allowed to hear  General jurisdiction  Can hear everything else  Divorce  Felonies  Probate  Civil 2. Appellate Court  They only look at the Record  Pleadings  Transcript  Exhibits 3. State Supreme Court  Writ of Certiorari  Federal Court Systems  Start at: 1. Trial court 2. U.S. Court of Appeals 3. U.S. Supreme Court  Writ of Certiorari Sources of American Law  Constitution o Legal framework  Legislative Statues o Uniform laws, creates Administrative Agencies  Executive Orders  Treaties o International law  Common Law/Case Law Jurisdiction  Subject Matter  Personal Long­arm Statutes o Minimum Contacts  In Rem   Federal o Diversity of Citizenship  Federal Question Judicial Review  Marbury v. Madison  The Judicial branch interprets the law Roles of an Attorney Advisor o Biggest role Drafter o Drafts leases, contracts, notes, etc. Negotiator Advocate o Representative of client Attorney Client Privilege  Protected communications between attorney and client  Only a client can waive disclosure to information Creation and Process of Administrative Agencies  By congress through legislation o Define problem o Create agency through legislation o Define agency powers  Delegation Doctrine o Rulemaking (legislative) o Enforcement (executive) o Adjudication (judicial) Rulemaking Process Notice of proposed rulemaking o Must notice what the rule is, who has the authority for making the rule, and when  and where the hearing is held o Federal Register Comment Period o Usually written o Allows expression of views, response to significant comments, modification Final Rule o Binding as if legislation Investigation  Issue a Subpoena  Issue a Subpoena Ducus Tecum  Search Warrants o Need a warrant to search businesses except highly regulated businesses such as  alcohol, drugs, or nuclear power  Inspection and Tests o Gather information to prove violation The process of Formal Administrative Adjudication  Complaint  Answer  Hearing before Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) o Federal ALJ  Appointed by executive branch  Doesn’t have to be confirmed  Payed by agency  Supposed ot be non­bias  Similar to regular court judges  Duties set out in ALJ statute  Vigorous testing  Merit based  Issue an order of ALJ o Ex. Cease and desist order  Appeal to Governing Board of Agency  Final Agency Order  Appropriate Court for Review of Agency Decision  Court order Commerce Clause  Article 1 Section 8  Commerce  Substantial Effect Rule  Police Power  Supremacy Clause  Bill of Rights (Amendment 1­10 as follows) o Freedom of Religion, Speech, Assembly, Press o Right to bare arms o Soldiers cannot occupy home without consent o Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure o Right to due process of law o Right to a speedy and public trial o Right to trial by jury o Prohibits cruel and unusual punishment o Rights not specifically granted still belong to the people o Any powers that aren’t given to the federal government belongs to the state Procedural and Substantive Due Process  Life, liberty, and property Strict Scrutiny o If the law limits fundamental rights, then its deemed unconstitutional UNLESS  the government can show that the law furthers a compelling state interest   National Security  Rational Basis Test o If the law want to regulate something else, then it’s constitutional if it relates to a  legitimate government interest Equal Protection  Strict Scrutiny o Racial, ethnicity, or fundamental rights – is the classification necessary to  promote a compelling state interest and is specific to further that interest?  Intermediate Scrutiny o Gender – important government objective?  Rational Basis o Economic and social issues – related to legitimate government interest? Central Hudson Test  A law or regulation limiting lawful and truthful commercial speech will be deemed  constitutional (i.e. the government may regulate commercial speech) if the law or  regulations: o Seeks to implement a substantial government interest; o Directly advances that interest; and o Goes no further than to accomplish that objective  Must meet all 4 of these requirements Unprotected Speech  Defamatory Speech  Lewd and Obscene o “You’ll know it when you see it” – definition by Supreme Court of obscene  Fighting Words


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