ETH 321 Entire Course Ethical and Legal Topics in Business 


ETH 321  Ethical and Legal Topics in Business


ETH 321 WEEK 1 Role and Functions of Law Paper


 ETH 321 Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you discuss the roles of law and courts in today’s business environment.

  • Differentiate the federal court structure with your state’s court structure.
  • Discuss the concept of judicial review.
  • Explain how laws or regulations affect your present job or industry.
  • Properly cite at least two references from your reading.

Cite your research and format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.



ETH 321 Week 2


1- Torts and Ethics Presentation

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which your team members include the following:

  • Summarize the key points of the Business Torts and Ethics Individual assignment
  • Defend your collective findings and conclusions
  • Discuss the different types of torts that may arise in a business situation

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2- Business Torts and Ethics Paper


Write a paper of 700- to 1,050-words answering the questions posed by this scenario.

  • Is the intruder liable for what he has done? Why or why not?
  • Do you have legal responsibilities to Sharon and Darryl? Why or why not?
  • Do you have ethical responsibilities to Sharon and Darryl?  Explain.  If there are ethical responsibilities, what are they?
  • What should you do to prevent or mitigate such risks?

Cite to at least four scholarly references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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ETH 321 Week Three


1-Contract Clause & Intellectual Property Drafting Paper


Draft a contract clause regarding one of the following topics:

  • Dispute Resolution Clause


  • Intellectual Property (IP) Clause regarding ownership of IP

Write a paper of 700- to 1,050-words in which you explain the following:

  • Explain any legal issues regarding your selected clause
  • How your contract clause can be applied in a business managerial setting for either a personal, real, or IP dispute or an IP property clause regarding either owner of IP or trade secrets.
  • In the event the contract was breached, what might be the best possible remedies for this and why?

Cite at least 3 scholarly references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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2-Business Forms Worksheet


Complete the Business Forms Worksheet.

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ETH 321 Week 3 Sample Business Forms Worksheet


There are seven forms of business: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company (including the single member LLC), S Corporation, Franchise, and Corporation.


  1. Select one of the forms of business
  2. Research and provide three advantages and three disadvantages for this business form.
  3. Provide a 100- to 200-word summary in which you provide an example business for each form. Discuss at least one of the advantages and one of the disadvantages of that form and potential legal forms that might be required.


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ETH 321 Week Four


1- Administrative Agencies Presentation


Visit the websites of any three state or federal administrative agencies: for example National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and others.

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with detailed speaker notes in which the team includes the following:

  • An explanation of the role and function of each of the three agencies and how this affects businesses.
  • One significant regulation that each agency enforces.
  • An explanation of how these regulations create compliance requirements for businesses.

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2-Sarbanes-Oxley and Corporate Governance Paper


Write a paper of 700- to 1,050-words in which you answer the following:

  • If auditing of financial statements is required for the protection of public investors, should not all PCAOB members be taken from the investment community that uses audited financial statements? Why or why not?
  • How does the decision in this case impact the validity of the Board and other provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act?

Cite at least 3 peer-reviewed sources.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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ETH 321 Week Five


1-Employment Law Case Brief and Presentation


Read ‘The IRAC method of case study analysis’ found in the Week 5 Electronic Reserve Readings.

Select one legal case from the following list and discuss the case with your Learning Team.

  • Case 20.1 Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP
  • Case 20.2 Ricci v. Destefano
  • Case 21.1 IBP, Inc. v. Alvarez
  • Case 21.2 Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.
  • Case 21.3 Staub v. Proctor Hospital

Write a case brief using the IRAC method. 

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which your team members summarize how the legal concepts in the selected case can be applied within a business managerial setting.

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2-Discrimination and Employment Laws


Write paper of 700- to 1,050-words in which you analyze the sexual harassment issues presented in scenario.

  • Analyze each of the elements of this case: the applicable defenses and the basis for the court’s ruling.
  • Analyze the possible liability in this case if the sexual harasser(s) were an independent contractor versus an employee.

Cite to at least three peer-reviewed sources.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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 ETH 321 Complete Class Checkpoints


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ETH 321 Week 2 Knowledge Check


ETH 321 Week 3 Knowledge Check


ETH 321 Week 4 Knowledge Check


ETH 321 Week 5 Knowledge Check


ETH 321 Final exam Answers


  • Applying the parole evidence rule
  • a written contract is the final expression of the party’s agreement and may not be contradicted by oral or written agreements made prior to the writing.
  • oral agreements may be used to change a final written contract if the final written contract isn’t exactly conforming to the pre-contract agreements.
  • written contracts with ambiguous terms are automatically void and cannot be corrected.
  • written agreements may be used to change a final written contract if the final written contract isn’t exactly conforming to the pre-contract agreements


  • LLPs were created to
  • Increase the duration of the business entity permitted under LLC statutes.
  • Provide limited protections for general partners increasing protections offered by LLCs.
  • Ease the costs and filing requirements present with LLCs.
  • limit taxation burdens existing in LLCs


  • Stan is an investment manager. He has received money from various investors with a promise of very high returns on their investments. The invested money is not supplying enough capital in order to pay the returns promised so he has started using new investor’s money to pay older investors. By advertising and by word of mouth, people are anxious to invest with Stan because of the money being paid and with the influx of new investors he is able to continue operating. Stan is
  • operating an insider trading operation.
  • guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
  • operating a Ponzi scheme


  • There are several reasons why whistle blowing may not be protected on an international level.  These include
  • Most business is not truly international and so there has been no push for globalization of protection.
  • Dictators typically do not care if companies are engaging in illegal activities.
  • Many nations across the globe do not have the dishonesty problems that are found in western nations.
  • Collective or collaborative cultures may frown on whistle blowing instead of working together to fix a problem.


  • Judicial review
  • is the power or right of a court to hear a case.
  • is the power of a state or federal court to declare a statute unconstitutional.
  • is the power of an appellate court to reverse a decision made in a lower court.
  • is the power of a federal court to declare a state or federal statute invalid if inconsistent with the constitution.


  • In Lucy v. Zehmer, the two parties were drinking in a bar when Lucy offers to buy Zehmer’s farm. After some negotiation a written contract was executed. Zehmer claimed that the whole episode was only a joke and he never intended to sell the farm. The court determined that
  • since the contract was written without lawyers present, it was likely not really serious so no contract was actually formed.
  • sinceZehmer claimed to be ‘high as a Georgia pine’ and it was only the liquor talking, there was no contract.
  • because negotiations and modifications to the written agreement lasted between 30-40 minutes, it appeared that both parties were serious so even if Zehmer had no objective intent to sell the farm he is still bound by his actions and the contract was enforceable.
  • because the terms were fair, the parties are bound by the contract regardless of their intent or capacity.


  • What must Congress do first to establish an administrative agency?
  • obtain judicial approval the creation.
  • enact an enabling statute.
  • nothing, it is an executive power.
  • research if a new agency is needed


  • Which of the following will be a valid defense in a strict products liability case?
  • comparative negligence.
  • assumption of risk
  • contributory negligence.


  • Modern Corporation operates a steel mill. They have never contributed anything to the local community and they knowingly pollute both the air and river that runs by their mill. Their reasoning is that the cost to install pollution control devices would diminish their profits and they don’t support the community because they provide jobs and don’t think they owe anything else to the citizens in their area. Donating to the community would also diminish profits. Which theory of corporate social responsibility are they exhibiting?
  • the narrow view a/k/a invisible hand theory.
  • the broad view a/k/a management’s hand theory.
  • the moderate view a/k/a government’s hand theory.
  • thehybrid view a/k/a citizen’s hand theory.


  • Where a promise can only be accepted by the performance of the person to whom it is offered is an example of a/an
  • bilateral contract.
  • quasi contract.
  • implied contract.
  • unilateral contract


  • In which of the following scenarios would enforcement of specific performance be appropriate?
  • you own the pistol used by Hamilton and contract to buy the pistol used by Burr in the Hamilton-Burr duel to complete your set, but despite the contract the Burr pistol owner refuses to sell at the last minute.
  • your bookstore agrees to order a textbook for you but breaches their contract with you by canceling the order the next day.
  • you order three gallons of white ceiling paint from a local store and they breach by not delivering or making the three gallons available to you.
  • you order a current model name brand television from a department store and a few days later they breach by not ordering it from the manufacturer.


  • Assuming a business ethical dilemma, which statement best illustrates Gilligan approach suggested in her theory of “The Ethics of Care”?
  • applies only to women and not men.
  • individual rights and justice for all.
  • obedience to independent moral rules or duties.
  • care and responsibility to others


  • With regard to the court, adequacy of consideration means
  • the court doesn’t care about value as long as the mutual assent is valid.
  • the consideration exchanged must be reasonably close in value.
  • the consideration exchanged must be exactly equal in value.
  • the court will adjust the consideration if the value exchanged is unfair.


  • The three stripes on Adidas clothing represents a
  • trade dress.
  • trade secret.
  • trademark
  • Which of the following is not a general category of torts?
  • criminal torts
  • strict liability.
  • intentional torts.


  • Which of the following promises ordinarily need not be in writing to be enforceable?
  • A lease of a warehouse for 24 months.
  • A $1,000 agreement with a personal trainer for 10 sessions.
  • An agreement to sell of a car for $1,500.
  • Promises made as a part of a prenuptial agreement.


  • Which of these is not an administrative agency function?
  • creating statutes.
  • licensing and permitting.
  • investigation and enforcement.


  • Which of the following does not occur in appellate court trials? 
  • oral arguments by each side’s attorneys.
  • consideration of briefs prepared by each side’s attorneys outlining the law and applicable precedent pertinent to the case.
  • presentation of testimony and new evidence.
  • review of lower court transcripts and rulings.


  • KAM Corp has separate Codes of Ethics and Conduct. Each of the following would likely be included in their Code of Ethics except
  • expectations of an individual’s community service.
  • avoidance of conflicts of interest.
  • expectations of privacy and dignity to be afforded others.


  • requirements of procedural due process and impartiality.


  • Maria is the CFO of a company being investigated by the SEC for various alleged violations. Each of the following would constitute an obstruction of justice except
  • changing some figures on documents used to support filed financial statements.
  • ordering her secretary to lie if she is questioned.
  • refusing to answer questions invoking the Fifth Amendment.
  • shredding her personal calendar and appointment book.
  • A trademark can be any of the following except a
  • formula.


  • Which of the following is not true of ADR proceedings?
  • ADR hearings usually arrive at a resolution at a much lower cost than does litigation.
  • the jury decision in an ADR proceeding is automatically subject to one appeal.
  • the party conducting the ADR hearing is chosen by the disputing parties themselves in certain instances.
  • ADR hearings generally result in much less publicity than does litigation


  • Which of the following is rarely awarded in contracts cases? 
  • Liquidated damages.
  • Compensatory damages.
  • Punitive damages.
  • consequential damages


  • Which of the following is categorized as informal ADR?
  • Mediation
  • Med-arb
  • Arbitration
  • Negotiation
  • The FTC publishes a rule regulating TVs and Blu-Ray DVD players for public comment but revises it to include traditional DVD players also. Should the FTC republish the revision?
  • no because the new rule is more limited than the original proposal.
  • no because it was a logical outgrowth of the original rule.
  • no, there was no need for publication of the original rule.
  • no because there is generally no legal obligation to provide an additional comment period


  • Assumption of risk is a defense to
  • Negligence
  • Black’s Law Dictionary, as cited in the book defining the term law, includes each of the following except
  • Law has a binding force.
  • Law is a body of rules.
  • Law is conduct prescribed by a controlling authority.
  • Law regulates personal ethics


  • Jurisprudence is defined as:
  • The science and philosophy of law
  • The enactment of laws by a government body.
  • The duties and obligations owed by a citizen.
  • Adjudication of law suits


  • Jonathan has graduated and wants to start a business. Which business entity gives him the most complete and exclusive control over the business and any business decisions?
  • Limited liability Company.
  • general partnership
  • Sole proprietorship.
  • corporation


  • The moderate view of assessing corporate citizenship believes that
  • Corporate employees below the senior executive level should provide the exclusive view of corporate responsibility.
  • Community groups where the corporation is located should provide the exclusive view of corporate responsibility.
  • The government should provide the exclusive view of corporate responsibility.
  • corporate officers and boards of directors should provide the exclusive view of corporate responsibility