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ERIC Number: EJ873379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
A Day at the Beach: A Multidisciplinary Business Law Case Study
Rymsza, Leonard; Saunders, Kurt; Baum, Paul; Tontz, Richard
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v27 n1 p129-162 Win-Spr 2010
This case study, written for use in a multidisciplinary course, exposes students to concepts in business law, economics, and statistics. The case is based upon a hypothetical scenario involving a young woman who, having spent a relaxing day at the beach, heads for home. On the drive home, a flip-flop she is wearing becomes lodged under the gas pedal. In attempting to dislodge the flip-flop, the car she is driving drifts into the lane of oncoming traffic, running head-on into another vehicle. The injured driver of the other vehicle files a lawsuit against the young woman and the manufacturer of the flip-flops. The business law portion of the case raises questions regarding negligence and strict products liability. The economics aspect of the case involves the calculation of lost earnings and present value, and the statistics portion of the case requires regression analysis of automobile accident data. Instructors can easily modify the case for use as an in-class or take-home assignment in an introductory business law course by eliminating the economics and statistics issues. In Part II of this article, the hypothetical scenario is presented for consideration. Part III provides a set of questions to prompt and direct discussion. An overview of applicable law is provided in Part IV for use in analyzing the relevant tort claims and defenses. Teaching notes in Part V outline pedagogical objectives and suggestions for use of the case and includes a detailed analysis of the potential claims and counterarguments or defenses. (Contains 2 figures, 6 tables and 67 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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