VII. Legal Research Paper Each student is required to submit a written research paper on a current business law topic.

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VII. Legal Research Paper Each  student  is  required  to  submit  a  written  research  paper  on  a current business law topic.  Any topic that has occurred within the last one to ten years is considered current.  The research paper must be at least ten  (10)  FULL  PAGES  OF  TEXT in  length,  typewritten  in  twelve  (12) point font and double spaced.  Points will be deducted for improper spacing  and  blanks  or  gaps.    The  use  of  graphs,  charts,  and  any other  visual  aids  is  acceptable,  so  long  as  they  do  not  overshadow
Page 8 of 12SPRING 2017 BUSINESS LAW ONLINE COURSE OUTLINEthe  text  on  the  page.  Visual  aids  do  not  count  towards  the  ten  (10) page requirement.  All research sources shall be listed at the end of the paper.  I am not requesting a formal bibliography with proper citations, just a list of sources will suffice.  Students are welcome to write more than ten (10) pages, however, it will not in any way enhance their grade, nor will it be considered as extra credit under any circumstances.  I am truly looking for quality over quantity so please conduct thorough research until you have a  firm  grasp  on  the  material  you  plan  to  write  on  and  make  sure  to concentrate on the legal aspects.  Research papers that do not discuss legal concepts  presented  throughout  our  areas  of  study  of business  law  will  not receive full credit.  PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A ZERO ON THE TERM PAPER,  A  FAILING  GRADE  IN  THE  CLASS,  AND  A  REFERREAL  TO  THE DEAN  OF  ACADEMIC  AFFAIRS  AND  DISCIPLINE.    PLEASE  DO  YOUR OWN    WORK.  DO    NOT    COLLABORATE    ON    THE    PAPER    WITH CLASSMATE.  THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT! It is perfectly fine to  venture  out  into  legal  topics  beyond  our  course  material,  such  as bankruptcy or antitrust law, so long as you intertwine it with the underlying principles of contract law, fair competition, and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.The  paper  shall  display  the  student’s  ability  to  analyze  and  explain  legal principles and doctrines, as well as formulate an opinion on a business legal matter  by  conducting  legal  research  that  extends  beyond  the  class  textbook (but  you  may  use  your  text  as  a  reference).  Research  can  be  done  entirely online, or at the ARC (Law) Library, the Public Law Library downtown, etc.You  may  select  a  current  legal  issue,  like  the  U.S.  government’s takeover of General Motors, the financial bailout of AIG, the BP Gulf oil spill, or even a local one, such as the legal challenges posed by the Americans with Disabilities Act facing a long-time burger establishment in Sacramento known as  the  Squeeze  Inn,  or  the  fire/arson  that  occurred  at  the  Galleria  Mall  in Roseville.  Another hot topic is mortgages and the real estate industry dealing with a flood of short sales and potential foreclosures.  You may even choose to focus  your  paper  on  a  business  you  work  for  currently.  Chrysler  recently announced that they are closing over a thousand auto dealerships across the nation.  How are the dealerships affected by this decision and what recourse does  a  dealer  have  once  they  are  instructed  to  close  their  operations?  Another  potential  topic  could  be  the  bankruptcy  of  some  major  retailers, including  Borders  Books,  Blockbuster  Video,  Hollywood  Video,  Hostess, Anchor Blue, Mervyn’s, Circuit City, and Gottschalk’s.  What is the process of bankruptcy?  What  happens  to  all  the  assets  of  the  business?  How  are  the
Page 9 of 12SPRING 2017 BUSINESS LAW ONLINE COURSE OUTLINEowners  of  the  business  impacted?  What  happens  to  the  employees?  What about  lenders/creditors?    There  have  been  a  lot  of  changes  taking  place  in the insurance industry.  Within the last few years, AIG purchased 21st Century Insurance,  Farmers  Insurance  then  bought  21st  Century  Insurance,  and Allstate  recently  acquired  Esurance.    How  does  this  impact  shareholders?  What  about  policy  holders?    Does  this  affect  the  employees  in  any  way?  Farmers  Insurance  also  purchased  Coast  National/Bristol  West  Insurance.  Farmers  Insurance  is  owned  by  Zurich  Insurance.    Does  this  violate  any antitrust  laws?  Where  does  the  California  Department  of  Insurance  fit  in  to all of this?  Last, Liberty Mutual Insurance just purchased Safeco Insurance.  Why is there this trend in the insurance industry?  Another topic would be the recent  intellectual  property  litigation  between  Apple  and  Samsung.  Other current  topics  include  Proposition  64,  Wells  Fargo  Bank  Fraud  Scandal,  and the Volkswagen EPA Fraud case.  AGAIN, PLEASE BE SURE TO FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS LAW ASPECT OF ANY SELECTED TOPIC.The  selection  of  your  topic  is  entirely  discretionary  on  your  part,  but please don’t hesitate to ask me if you are having difficulty selecting a topic, or if  you  are  unsure  that  it  relates  to  business  law.    Michael  Jackson  was planning to perform a series of concerts in England for summer 2009 until his untimely  death.    What  happens  to  all  the  contracts  that  were  formed  in anticipation  and  preparation  of  these  performances?    Do  ticket  holders receive  a  refund?  Stadiums  committed  to  leasing  to  Mr.  Jackson  and  may have  turned  away  other  business.  What  happens  if  they  cannot  lease  their premises to a new business customer in time?  Other topics could include the recent lawsuit by apple against Samsung for $2.5 billion for allegedly stealing patented technology.  Erika Michelle Cartlon, a Roseville resident, just plead guilty to embezzling over $400,000.00 from the Thunder Valley Casino, while working there as a Human Resources Manager.  Drew Brees, Robinson Cano, Joe  Flacco,  Albert  Pujols,  and  Giancarlo  Stanton  just  signed  massive  sports contracts with their respective teams.  Explain the details of the agreement.  Is  all  their  money  guaranteed?  Are  there  performance  incentives?  What  if they  become  injured  and  cannot  play?    The  list  of  potential  business  law topics,  as  you  can  see,  is  nearly  limitless.  Another  potential  business/sports related  topic  that’s  become  quite  controversial  is  the  NFL  player  conduct policy and concussion protocols.  Prime examples of this are Adrian Peterson, Aldon  Smith,  and  Ray  Rice.    Deflategate  with  Tom  Brady  and  the  New England  Patriots  and  Bountygate  with  the  New  Orleans  Saints  are  also acceptable  business-sports  topics,  but  must  focus  on  legal  aspect  of  sports contracts and player conduct policies.

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