Business Law 603

BLAW 603: Legal Aspects of Enterprise

Prerequisite: MBA status or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

A study of the legal framework within which business enterprises function with special attention to business government relationships.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Administrative Agencies

1. Structural and Decision Making Development
2. The Functions of Administrative Agencies

  •  Quasi-legislative activity
  •  Quasi-judicial activity
  •  Evaluation of Administrative Activities

Trade Regulation

1. General Characteristics
2. The Sources of Trade Regulation
3. Enforcement of Trade Regulation

 Regulation of Anticompetitive Industry Structure and Behavior

1. Oligopoly and Monopoly
2. Mergers
3. Price Fixing and Discrimination
4. Territory Restrictions
5. Tying and Exclusive Dealing Agreements
6. The Federal Trade Commission Act

 Business and Intellectual Property

1. Nature and Scope
2. The Handling of Intellectual Property

Unsolicited Ideas

Statutory Regulation

1. Patients
2. Copyrights
3. Trademarks


1. Truth-in-Lending
2. Occupational Safety and Health Act
3. Advertising and the Federal Trade Commission

Employment Discrimination

1. Civil Rights Act of 1964
2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
3. Equal Pay Act
4. Age Discrimination


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Primarily a lecture/discussion course, with classroom participation and presentation expected of the students. The Socratic method and case analysis is also used.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed the course, the student will be able to:

  • identify the different courts within the state and federal systems
  • differentiate the roles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government in regulating organizations and shaping the law of the land"
  • identify basic procedural maneuvers in the trial and appellate processes
  • identify the basic Constitutionally guaranteed rights of a person or organization
  • identify the three branches of tort law and differentiate the extent of liability under each category
  • identify the different theories by which a person can be held legally responsible for contracts made or torts committed by his or her agents
  • identify the role and power of administrative agencies in the regulation of business
  • identify the basic sources of international law and legal enforcement mechanisms available in an international setting


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of problem exercises, papers, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1999 Revised