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The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

Version 4.0
By Terence Lau and Lisa Johnson

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  • Real-life examples demonstrated through video content, links to websites, and podcasts.
  • Practice worksheets.
  • Practical Ethical Action feature in every chapter.
  • Customizable.


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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Legal Environment of Business, Legal Studies in Business, Business Law & Ethics, and Business Law (one semester course).

In writing The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, the authors have condensed and streamlined the presentation of the key business law topics to ensure that every page is relevant, engaging, and interesting to today’s learners. This highly accessible textbook uses summaries of cases and case excerpts to improve student understanding. Lau and Johnson are focused on getting students to understand the reason for the law rather than just memorizing the law and its key elements.

New in This Version

  • Significantly updated material throughout.
  • A case excerpt added to each chapter.
  • Even more curated multimedia sources for use in class.
  • End-of-section exercises revised to reinforce student learning.
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Instructor’s Manual

Instructor’s Manual

The Instructor’s Manual guides you through the main concepts of each chapter and important elements such as learning objectives, key terms, and key takeaways. Can include answers to chapter exercises, group activity suggestions, and discussion questions.

Instructor’s Manual

PowerPoint Lecture Notes

PowerPoint Lecture Notes

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting key learning objectives and the main concepts for each chapter are available for you to use in your classroom. You can either cut and paste sections or use the presentation as a whole.

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Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

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Other Supplements

Other Supplements

Suggested Answers to features (Practical Ethical Action, Practice Worksheets, and Ethical Decision Making) in the textbook.

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Terence Lau California State University - Chico

Terence Lau is Dean of the College of Business at California State University Chico. He previously served as Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton. He served as the 2006 Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to joining UD, he was in-house counsel to Ford Motor Company in Detroit and Director for Governmental Affairs for ASEAN to Ford Asia Pacific in Bangkok. He holds a JD from Syracuse University.

Lisa Johnson University of Puget Sound

Lisa Johnson is a distinguished professor at the University of Puget Sound, where she serves as the Director of the School of Business and Leadership. She holds a JD with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, a PhD from Portland State University in Public Affairs and Policy, an MPA with a focus on international environmental policy from Indiana University, and an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University.

Additions & Errata

1/23/23: Chapter 1, section 2: "How a Bill Becomes a Law" Callout link updated to:


  • Page 188 The last sentence now reads, "Consent is a defense to conversion."
  • Page 218 The third sentence in the "United Breaks Guitars" callout now reads, "Carroll wrote a song and made a music video . . ."
  • Page 171 :n the "Practical Ethical Action" now reads, "Stacy asks Spaulding to undergo physical examinations..."

12/14/21: URL for “The Case of the Speluncean Explorers” in chapter 1.1 updated to and the anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainwright case video in chapter 10.1 updated to

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