This is textbook concerning the legal environment of American business organizations with some reference to associated ethical issues that can arise. The book examines the structure of the legal system in the United States, how laws regulating businesses are created, how controversies are decided through the legal system and alternatives, and then addresses major topical areas of particular importance to business (e.g., contracts, torts, intellectual property, employment, real property, criminal and international law). This textbook is suitable for an undergraduate course introducing business students to the legal framework for business in the U.S. It could also be useful as a reference for an undergraduate course in Business and Society and/or a course in Business Ethics. It is a very well organized and written textbook. However, a number of the hyperlinks to web-based resources are broken or no longer available and some material in the book is dated due to changes in legislation, regulations and/or court decisions since the date of publication of the book (circa 2011).