Law

Paper meets the length requirement is 3000 words.

· Assess the legal environment of business.

· Explain how ethical frameworks shape business decisions.

· Assess laws applying to antitrust and consumer protection.

Assignment Prompt: The following five (5) companies have been in the news due to either a consumer protection or antitrust problem.  Select ONE of these companies from the first column as the subject of your paper. You are provided source links in the table about the company to get you started. You will need to do more research about the company as well as the ethical frameworks and applicable law.

Company Fact sources to get you started Comments/additional sources
Southern Rail, U.K.

(Consumer issue)

Little, S. (2018, January 16). Southern Rail voted UK’s worst train service for third year in a row. Independent. Retrieved from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/southern-rail-uk-worst-train-service-2017-third-year-row-which-thameslink-great-northern-a8162516.html Additional citation for you for facts:

Stauffenberg, J. (2016, August 18). Two girls hit as ceiling collapses on Southern Rail train. Independent.  Retrieved from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/southern-rail-train-ceiling-roof-collapse-commuters-two-girls-injured-hit-a7197541.html

For other issues, think creatively:  explore employment, workplace safety (a subset of employment), tort of negligence (what duty is owed passengers?), defamation, —- remember this company is in U.K.

Google

(Antitrust)

Google faces antitrust fine from EU over Adsense. (2019, March 15). Pymnts. Retrieved from  https://www.pymnts.com/news/regulation/2019/google-antitrust-fine-eu/ Note this is EU antitrust law.

Google is rich ground for finding other areas of law to discuss. Consider such topics as privacy, contract, defamation, intellectual property, employment

Rent-A-Center Business

(Consumer)

Eiserer, T. & Smith, M. (2018, May 23). That couch you’re sitting on could land you in jail. WFAA. Retrieved from https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/investigates/that-rented-couch-youre-sitting-on-could-land-you-in-jail/287-556666587

and

Complaints and accusations of abusive collection practices  pile up against Rent-A-Center. (2017, November 15). MarketWatch. Retrieved from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/complaints-and-accusations-of-abusive-collection-practices-pile-up-against-rent-a-center-2017-11-15

This is in Texas. You might take a look at possible prosecution of Rent-A-Center in California. Not clear this is all the same umbrella company, a franchise, or just common practices by same type companies in TX, but I suspect it is RAC.  Take a look at the second article I listed in VA. Tons of issues here. For other the legal topics, consider contract, defamation, trespass, and other torts (research these)
Apple

(Antitrust)

Spotify v. Apple

Vincent, J. (2019, March 13). Spotify files antitrust complaint over “Apple tax.” The Verge. Retrieved from https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/13/18263453/spotify-apple-app-store-antitrust-complaint-ec-30-percent-cut-unfair

And

Lapowsky, I. (2019, March 13). Spotify’s Apple complaint cuts to a core antitrust issue. Wired. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/story/spotify-apple-complaint-warren-antitrust-issue/

 

For the other topics, look into Apple’s employment practices,  contract practices, privacy protections, corporate social responsibility, ethical code, etc.
Heritage Pharmaceuticals

(Antitrust)

Associated Press. (2016, December 15). 20 states sue 6 makers of generic drugs, alleging conspiracies to manipulate prices.  L.A. Times. Retrieved from https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-generic-drug-antitrust-20161215-story.html This has morphed from a couple of drugs to a cartel of 300 drugs involved. See this one:

Rowland, C. (2018, December 9). Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs. Washington Post.  Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/investigation-of-generic-cartel-expands-to-300-drugs/2018/12/09/fb900e80-f708-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.69e8e9f9d684

For other areas of law, look into employment, contract, ADR, securities, intellectual property

When you have selected your company, research and cover the following points in a well written essay. Use APA format and topical headings.

1. In an introductory paragraph identify the company, the topic and a well-crafted thesis statement.

2. Briefly describe the company and the nature of its business and corporate business environment.  Do not spend a lot of time on the history of the company, but do describe sufficiently to create meaningful context. This should only need to be a paragraph.

3. Research, define and discuss the legal issues and regulatory environment for the company’s consumer or antitrust issue. (i.e., What are the laws involved?) Include case law.

4. Ethical dilemma and frameworks: Identify the ethical dilemma that the company presents with respect to its antitrust or consumer problem. This should be encapsulated in a single sentence.  Evaluate two ethical frameworks with respect to the company’s management’s decisions that led to the situation. One of these should be the ethical framework you identify as the framework the company followed in its decision-making.  The other should be a contrasting framework that might have produced a different situation for the company.

5. Other legal topics that relate to the company’s business: Also, clearly define and evaluate three (3) additional legal topics (NOT antitrust or consumer protection) that we covered this term — and that are explained in your text and required readings, and apply them to the company’s business.  (Hint: Review the legal topics in the textbook and cite to the the text in your analysis. We covered many subjects. Examples: contracts, torts, product liability, bankruptcy, securities & stocks trading, employment issues, defamation, privacy, ADR, etc.  Include illustrative case law.)

6. General recommendations for business leadership and managers that you have learned from this study (not just for the company you have selected, but for running a business).

7. Conclusion.

8. References list

Further Guidance:

1. Reflect on the class discussions and the text, required readings, articles that you have read during the class and use the information, and other academic sources

2. Write a well-supported analytical essay critiquing the company, its operations, and the ethical dilemma it caused. Discuss the legal issues and concepts identified and make recommendations for management. LENGTH:  – See RUBRIC.

3. Number of sources:  See RUBRIC.  Exemplary level of performance states 7 sources, at least 2 of which from library and none of which from excluded sources.

4. Proper citation and references formatting must be in APA 7th Ed.

5. Papers that do not include appropriate in text citations will lose points.

6. Dictionaries, encyclopedias — including Investopedia — Wikis, and the like, and Internet generic quick-answer websites are not acceptable to populate your Reference list. Use your text, required readings, and other scholarly sources.

7. Review the Grading Rubric.

8. Organize your paper with appropriate subheadings.

9. Do not write in 1st or 2nd person.  Paper must be written in 3rd person.

10. Do not use contractions.

11. All sources on References list must be correctly cited in the text of the paper and vice versa

Paper meets the length requirement

is

3000 words.

·

Assess the legal environment of business.

·

Explain how ethical frameworks shape business decisions.

·

Assess laws applying to antitrust and consumer protection.

Assignment Prompt:

Th

e following five (5) companies have been in the news due to either a consumer protection or

antitrust problem.

Select ONE of these companies

from the first column

as the subject of your

paper. You are provided source links in the table about the company t

o get you started.

You will

need to do more research about the company as well as the ethical frameworks and applicable

law.

Company

Fact sources to get you started

Comments/additional sources

Southern

Rail, U.K.

(Consumer

issue)

Little, S. (2018, January

16). Southern Rail

voted UK’s worst train service for third year

in a row.

Independent.

Retrieved from

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/busines

s/news/southern

rail

uk

worst

train

service

2017

third

year

row

which

thameslink

great

northern

a8162516.html

Additional citation for you for facts:

Stauffenberg, J. (2016, August 18).

Two girls hit

as ceiling collapses on Southern Rail train.

Independent.

Retrieved from

http

s://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home

news/southern

rail

train

ceiling

roof

collapse

commuters

two

girls

injured

hit

a7197541.html

For other issues, think creatively:

explore

employment, workplace safety (a subset

of employment), tort of negligence (what

duty is owed passengers?), defamation,

remember this company is in U.K.

Google

(Antitrust)

Google faces antitrust fine from EU over

Adsense. (2019, March 15). Pymnts.

Retrieved

from

https://www.pymnts.com/news/regulati

on/2019/google

antitrust

fine

eu/

Note this is EU antitrust law.

Google is rich ground for finding other areas of

law to discuss. Consider such topics as privacy,

contract, defamation, intellectual property,

employment

Rent

A

Center

Business

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