Take Note Wk 1 - AEM 320 Week 1 August 23-31 Lecture 1 of 2...

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AEM 320 Week 1 August 23-31 Lecture 1 of 2 Lecture Date: Monday, August 27, 2007 I Reading Assignment A. Text pages 1-36 B. Cases: i. Trombetta v. Conkling ii. State v. Blowers iii. Gallagher v. St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church iv. Thyroff v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. II Purpose of the Course A. Raise Awareness i. Think through legal and ethical issues you may face in the future ii. Prepare you to handle simple issues yourself iii. Business law allows you to anticipate legal problems that could be avoided III Examples of cases that will be covered in this course A. Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight i. The Ronettes recorded in the 50s and 60s by producer Phil Spector ii. Their music has been commercialized now in other songs (Take Me Home Tonight) and in movies (Dirty Dancing) iii. Who makes these decisions? Are the contracts that were signed in the 1960s used, even though technology has changed the music industry as much since then? B. Ocean City, Maryland i. Quiet beach community on the Maryland shore that can host upwards of 300,000 tourists on a holiday weekend ii. Construction is stopped on a Condo that is 5’ taller than it should be. a. How is a problem like this resolved? C. Saranac Lake, NY i. Lake front houses use an access road that runs through another person’s property easement ii. Property owner creates a new access road off of the property that is deemed unsafe for emergency vehicles and access to the easement road is reinstated iii. The owner’s reaction is somewhat “unorthodox”, lining the property line with boulders, large logs and signage iv. How can this be resolved?
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IV Topics Covered in the Course A. Introduction to the judicial system – Law and the Legal System i. What is “law?” ii. What courts do you use? iii. What civil procedures are used? iv. How do you decide what courts to use? B. Torts – Social Wrongs i. Intentional Torts a. Common law torts b. Torts involving property ex: Trespassing on a neighbor’s property ii. Unintentional Torts a. Negligence – When is someone liable for not showing reasonable care? Ex: Who is liable if someone slips and falls in a Hardees? What if a drunk man is trying to out run a subway train? We will discuss these cases. b. Strict Liability – Responsible for a civil wrong even if you do everything in your power to be safe C. Contracts i. Requirement for a valid contract a. When must a contract be written? b. Offer, acceptance, consideration, etc. c. What is legal; who can contract? ii. Rights and duties of third parties iii. Termination of contract a. Performance and discharge iv. Remedies for a breach of contract D. Property i. Types of Property a. You could have many different parties with interests and rights to use the same piece of property ii. Rights and duties of property owners
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