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Law of the United States : an overview / by Peter Hay.

By: Hay, Peter, 1935-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookCall no.: KF385 .H39 2010Publication: Munich : Brussels : Beck ; Bruylant, 2010Edition: 3rd ed.Description: xxiii, 419 p.ISBN: 9783406602535 (Beck); 9782802729068 (Bruylant).Subject(s): Law -- United States
Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction, Sources, Nature of U.S. Law, Legal Methodology -- A. Historical Aspects: I. Roots of American Law ; II. The Reception of English Law in America -- B. The Sources of American Law: I. Federal and State Statutory Law ; II. American Law as Case Law ; III. Finding Applicable Case Law: 1. Common Law Subject Matters ; 2. Statutory Law ; 3. Secondary Sources ; 4. Computer-assisted Legal Research -- Chapter 2: Public Law -- A. Constitutional Law: I. Basic Principles ; II. The Federation: 1. The Legislature: Congress ; 2. The Executive Branch: President and Federal Government ; 3. The Judicial Branch: The U.S. Supreme Court and Lower Federal Courts ; III. The States of the Union ; IV. U.S. Territories -- B. Basic Rights: I. The Origin and the Development of the Bill of Rights ; II. Particular Basic Rights -- C. Immigration Law Issues: I. Entry and Sojourn ; II. Naturalization ; III. Loss of Citizenship ; IV. Deportation -- D. Administrative Law: I. Introduction: 1. Administrative Law Defined ; 2. Origins and Contemporary Sources
II. Administrative Agencies: 1. Ministry-level and Independent Agencies ; 2. Administrative Agencies and Separation of Powers ; III. Administrative Procedure: 1. Forms of Administrative Acts ; 2. Procedural Safeguards and Hearings ; IV Judicial Recourse -- Chapter 3: The Judicial System: Courts and Civil Procedure -- A. Introduction: I. The Civil Suit and Civil Procedure ; II. Sources -- B. Court Organization and Subject Matter Jurisdiction: I. The Federal Courts ; II. State Courts ; III. Summary ; IV. Changing Courts: Removal, Federal Transfer, and Forum Non -- C. Jurisdiction over Persons and Things: I. In General ; II. Forum Selection (Choice-of-Court) Clauses ; III. Submission ; IV. Jurisdiction at the Situs ; V. Personal Jurisdiction: 1. General Jurisdiction ; 2. Specific Jurisdiction ; 3. Special Problems of Federal Jurisdiction ; VI. Venue -- VII. Declining to Exercise Jurisdiction: 1. Forum Non Conveniens ; 2. Federal Transfer ; 3. Parallel Litigation (Lis Pendens)
D. Civil Procedure: I. The Civil Suit and the Course of Litigation: 1. Introduction ; 2. Commencement of Suit ; 3. Broadening the Suit: Additional Claims or Parties ; 4. Discovery ; 5. Provisional Remedies ; 6. Summary Judgment ; 7. Trial ; 8. Use and Proof of Foreign Law ; 9. The Effects of a Judgment ; 10. Reopening; Appeal ; II. Recognition and Enforcement: 1. General Problems and Considerations ; 2. Recognition in Interstate Practice ; 3. Recognition of Foreign-Country Judgments ; 4. Execution -- E. Alternative Dispute Resolution: I. In General ; II. Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution: 1. Arbitration ; 2. Other Forms of ADR -- Chapter 4: Conflict of Laws (Private International Law) -- A. Introduction -- B. Sources: I. Treaties ; II. Federal and State Law ; III. The Erie-Doctrine -- C. Development and Current State of the Choice-of-Law Debate -- D. General Principles (Pervasive Problems): I. Domicile ; II. Characterization ; III. Depecage ; IV. Renvoi ; V. Ordre Public -- E. Choice of Law by Subject Matter: I. Contracts ; II. Torts ; III. Property ; IV. Family Law ; V. Inheritance/Succession ; VI. Trusts ; VII. Company Law
Chapter 5: Private Law -- A. The Law of Contracts: I. Introduction ; II. Formation of a Contract: 1. Offer and Acceptance ; 2. Consideration ; 3. Formality ; 4. Void and Voidable Contracts ; III. The Contract: 1. Contractual Terms ; 2. UCC Art. 2: Sale of Goods ; 3. Conditions ; IV. The Satisfaction of a Party's Contractual Duties: Performance: 1. Common Law ; 2. Uniform Commercial Code ; 3. Rejection of Delivery ; 4. Acceptance of Goods and Subsequent Return ; V. Termination of the Contractual Obligation: 1. Breach by the Other Party ; 2. Stipulations Subsequent to Contract Formation: Modification ; 3. Impossibility and Frustration of Contract ; VI. Remedies for Breach ; 1. Damages ; 2. Specific Performance ; VII. Third Party Beneficiary Contracts ; VIII. Assignment of Rights and Delegation of Duties: 1. Assignment of Contract Rights ; 2. Delegation of Contract Duties -- B. Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: I. The Concept Defined (Relationship to Contract and Tort) ; II. Case Constellations ; III. The Content of the Claim
C. The Law of Torts: I. Introduction ; II. Intentional Torts: 1. Torts Against Persons ; 2. Torts Against Things ; 3. Privileges ; 4. Extent of Liability ; III. Negligence: 1. Duty of Care ; 2. Violations of the Duty of Care ; 3. Causation and Damages ; 4. Privileges ; IV. Nuisance ; V. Strict Liability ; VI. Products Liability ; VII. Reputation and Privacy ; 1. Defamation ; 2. Invasion of Privacy ; 3. Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process ; VIII. Other Issues of Liability ; 1. Joint and Several Liability ; 2. Vicarious Liability ; 3. Immunity ; IX. Law of Damages ; 1. Nominal Damages ; 2. Compensatory Damages ; 3. Punitive Damages ; 4. Wrongful Death and Survival Statutes ; X. Reform of Tort Law -- D. The Law of Property: I. Introduction ; II. Tenancy Shared by Several Persons ; III. Real Property: 1. Types of Legal Interests in Real Property ; 2. Freehold Estates ; 3. Non-Freehold Estates ; 4. Future Interests ; 5. Landlord and Tenant ; 6. Limitations on Legal Interests and Rights of Use ; 7. Acquisition of Legal Interests in Real Property ; 8. Mortgages ; 9. Moveable Property
E. Family Law. I. Introduction ; II. Marriage: 1. Engagement and Marriage ; 2. Effects and Consequences of Marriage ; 3. Support and Matrimonial Property ; 4. Divorce ; 5. Cohabitation Without Marriage, Same-sex Marriage, and Domestic Partnerships ; III. Parents and Children: 1. Legitimation and Descent ; 2. Custody ; 3. Support ; 4. Adoption -- F. Inheritance Law and Trusts: I. Introduction ; II. Succession by Statute ; III. Inheritance by Will: 1. Validity ; 2. Capacity and Limits of Party Autonomy ; IV. Statutory Share ; V. Rejecting an Inheritance ; VI. Probate ; VII. Trusts: 1. Nature and Function ; 2. Issues in Trust Law -- Chapter 6: Business Law and Economic Regulation -- A. Company Law and the Law of Capital Markets: I. Agency ; 1. In General ; 2. The Creation of an Agency ; 3. Rights and Duties in the Agency Relationship ; II. Unincorporated Business Associations: 1. The General Partnership ; 2. The Limited Partnership ; 3. Other Forms of Business Associations ; III. Incorporated Business Associations: 1. In General ; 2. Public Corporations ; 3. The Close Corporation
4. The Sole Proprietorship ; 5. Other Forms of Corporations ; 6. The "Delaware Effect" ; 7. Recognition Abroad ; IV. The Limited Liability Company ; V. Out-of-State Companies ; VI. The Law of Capital Markets: 1. State Supervision ; 2. Forward Looking Statements ; 3. Insider Trading -- B. The Law of Insolvency: I. Introduction ; II. Jurisdiction ; III. Forms of Insolvency Proceedings Under Federal Law -- C. Competition Law: I. In General ; II. The Sherman, Clayton, and FTC Acts ; III. Sanctions ; IV. Extraterritorial Application of Antitrust Law; V. Unfair Trade Law ; VI. Limitations Applicable to U.S. Foreign Trade -- D. Employment and Welfare Law: I. Development of Employment Law ; II. Contractual Employment Relations: 1. General Principles ; 2. The Prohibition of Discrimination ; 3. Minimum Standards ; III. Collective Bargaining ; IV. Welfare Law -- Chapter 7: Criminal Law and Procedure -- A. Criminal Law: I. Introduction ; II. General Principles: 1. Prerequisites for Criminal Culpability ; 2. Defenses ; 3. Vicarious Liability in Criminal Law ; III. Selected Crimes ; IV. Death Penalty
B. Criminal Procedure: I. The Effect of Constitutional Guarantees ; II. The Course of Criminal Proceedings: 1. The Investigative Phase ; 2. The Pre-trial Phase ; 3. The Trial ; 4. The Imposition of Punishment (Sentencing) ; 5. Appeals ; III. Post-Conviction Remedies: 1. The Constitutional Guarantee of habeas corpus ; 2. Reform of Federal habeas corpus-Law ; 3. Review Mechanisms Under State Law -- Appendix 1: A Case Law Illustration and Commentary: MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. -- Appendix 2: U. S. Constitution -- Appendix 3: Legal Education and the Legal Profession in the United States: I. Legal Education ; II. Legal Careers ; A. Private Practice ; B. Public Service ; C. Societal Role -- Appendix 4: Map of the Federal Courts of Appeal and District Courts.
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Chapter 1: Introduction, Sources, Nature of U.S. Law, Legal Methodology -- A. Historical Aspects: I. Roots of American Law ; II. The Reception of English Law in America -- B. The Sources of American Law: I. Federal and State Statutory Law ; II. American Law as Case Law ; III. Finding Applicable Case Law: 1. Common Law Subject Matters ; 2. Statutory Law ; 3. Secondary Sources ; 4. Computer-assisted Legal Research -- Chapter 2: Public Law -- A. Constitutional Law: I. Basic Principles ; II. The Federation: 1. The Legislature: Congress ; 2. The Executive Branch: President and Federal Government ; 3. The Judicial Branch: The U.S. Supreme Court and Lower Federal Courts ; III. The States of the Union ; IV. U.S. Territories -- B. Basic Rights: I. The Origin and the Development of the Bill of Rights ; II. Particular Basic Rights -- C. Immigration Law Issues: I. Entry and Sojourn ; II. Naturalization ; III. Loss of Citizenship ; IV. Deportation -- D. Administrative Law: I. Introduction: 1. Administrative Law Defined ; 2. Origins and Contemporary Sources

II. Administrative Agencies: 1. Ministry-level and Independent Agencies ; 2. Administrative Agencies and Separation of Powers ; III. Administrative Procedure: 1. Forms of Administrative Acts ; 2. Procedural Safeguards and Hearings ; IV Judicial Recourse -- Chapter 3: The Judicial System: Courts and Civil Procedure -- A. Introduction: I. The Civil Suit and Civil Procedure ; II. Sources -- B. Court Organization and Subject Matter Jurisdiction: I. The Federal Courts ; II. State Courts ; III. Summary ; IV. Changing Courts: Removal, Federal Transfer, and Forum Non -- C. Jurisdiction over Persons and Things: I. In General ; II. Forum Selection (Choice-of-Court) Clauses ; III. Submission ; IV. Jurisdiction at the Situs ; V. Personal Jurisdiction: 1. General Jurisdiction ; 2. Specific Jurisdiction ; 3. Special Problems of Federal Jurisdiction ; VI. Venue -- VII. Declining to Exercise Jurisdiction: 1. Forum Non Conveniens ; 2. Federal Transfer ; 3. Parallel Litigation (Lis Pendens)

D. Civil Procedure: I. The Civil Suit and the Course of Litigation: 1. Introduction ; 2. Commencement of Suit ; 3. Broadening the Suit: Additional Claims or Parties ; 4. Discovery ; 5. Provisional Remedies ; 6. Summary Judgment ; 7. Trial ; 8. Use and Proof of Foreign Law ; 9. The Effects of a Judgment ; 10. Reopening; Appeal ; II. Recognition and Enforcement: 1. General Problems and Considerations ; 2. Recognition in Interstate Practice ; 3. Recognition of Foreign-Country Judgments ; 4. Execution -- E. Alternative Dispute Resolution: I. In General ; II. Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution: 1. Arbitration ; 2. Other Forms of ADR -- Chapter 4: Conflict of Laws (Private International Law) -- A. Introduction -- B. Sources: I. Treaties ; II. Federal and State Law ; III. The Erie-Doctrine -- C. Development and Current State of the Choice-of-Law Debate -- D. General Principles (Pervasive Problems): I. Domicile ; II. Characterization ; III. Depecage ; IV. Renvoi ; V. Ordre Public -- E. Choice of Law by Subject Matter: I. Contracts ; II. Torts ; III. Property ; IV. Family Law ; V. Inheritance/Succession ; VI. Trusts ; VII. Company Law

Chapter 5: Private Law -- A. The Law of Contracts: I. Introduction ; II. Formation of a Contract: 1. Offer and Acceptance ; 2. Consideration ; 3. Formality ; 4. Void and Voidable Contracts ; III. The Contract: 1. Contractual Terms ; 2. UCC Art. 2: Sale of Goods ; 3. Conditions ; IV. The Satisfaction of a Party's Contractual Duties: Performance: 1. Common Law ; 2. Uniform Commercial Code ; 3. Rejection of Delivery ; 4. Acceptance of Goods and Subsequent Return ; V. Termination of the Contractual Obligation: 1. Breach by the Other Party ; 2. Stipulations Subsequent to Contract Formation: Modification ; 3. Impossibility and Frustration of Contract ; VI. Remedies for Breach ; 1. Damages ; 2. Specific Performance ; VII. Third Party Beneficiary Contracts ; VIII. Assignment of Rights and Delegation of Duties: 1. Assignment of Contract Rights ; 2. Delegation of Contract Duties -- B. Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: I. The Concept Defined (Relationship to Contract and Tort) ; II. Case Constellations ; III. The Content of the Claim

C. The Law of Torts: I. Introduction ; II. Intentional Torts: 1. Torts Against Persons ; 2. Torts Against Things ; 3. Privileges ; 4. Extent of Liability ; III. Negligence: 1. Duty of Care ; 2. Violations of the Duty of Care ; 3. Causation and Damages ; 4. Privileges ; IV. Nuisance ; V. Strict Liability ; VI. Products Liability ; VII. Reputation and Privacy ; 1. Defamation ; 2. Invasion of Privacy ; 3. Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process ; VIII. Other Issues of Liability ; 1. Joint and Several Liability ; 2. Vicarious Liability ; 3. Immunity ; IX. Law of Damages ; 1. Nominal Damages ; 2. Compensatory Damages ; 3. Punitive Damages ; 4. Wrongful Death and Survival Statutes ; X. Reform of Tort Law -- D. The Law of Property: I. Introduction ; II. Tenancy Shared by Several Persons ; III. Real Property: 1. Types of Legal Interests in Real Property ; 2. Freehold Estates ; 3. Non-Freehold Estates ; 4. Future Interests ; 5. Landlord and Tenant ; 6. Limitations on Legal Interests and Rights of Use ; 7. Acquisition of Legal Interests in Real Property ; 8. Mortgages ; 9. Moveable Property

E. Family Law. I. Introduction ; II. Marriage: 1. Engagement and Marriage ; 2. Effects and Consequences of Marriage ; 3. Support and Matrimonial Property ; 4. Divorce ; 5. Cohabitation Without Marriage, Same-sex Marriage, and Domestic Partnerships ; III. Parents and Children: 1. Legitimation and Descent ; 2. Custody ; 3. Support ; 4. Adoption -- F. Inheritance Law and Trusts: I. Introduction ; II. Succession by Statute ; III. Inheritance by Will: 1. Validity ; 2. Capacity and Limits of Party Autonomy ; IV. Statutory Share ; V. Rejecting an Inheritance ; VI. Probate ; VII. Trusts: 1. Nature and Function ; 2. Issues in Trust Law -- Chapter 6: Business Law and Economic Regulation -- A. Company Law and the Law of Capital Markets: I. Agency ; 1. In General ; 2. The Creation of an Agency ; 3. Rights and Duties in the Agency Relationship ; II. Unincorporated Business Associations: 1. The General Partnership ; 2. The Limited Partnership ; 3. Other Forms of Business Associations ; III. Incorporated Business Associations: 1. In General ; 2. Public Corporations ; 3. The Close Corporation

4. The Sole Proprietorship ; 5. Other Forms of Corporations ; 6. The "Delaware Effect" ; 7. Recognition Abroad ; IV. The Limited Liability Company ; V. Out-of-State Companies ; VI. The Law of Capital Markets: 1. State Supervision ; 2. Forward Looking Statements ; 3. Insider Trading -- B. The Law of Insolvency: I. Introduction ; II. Jurisdiction ; III. Forms of Insolvency Proceedings Under Federal Law -- C. Competition Law: I. In General ; II. The Sherman, Clayton, and FTC Acts ; III. Sanctions ; IV. Extraterritorial Application of Antitrust Law; V. Unfair Trade Law ; VI. Limitations Applicable to U.S. Foreign Trade -- D. Employment and Welfare Law: I. Development of Employment Law ; II. Contractual Employment Relations: 1. General Principles ; 2. The Prohibition of Discrimination ; 3. Minimum Standards ; III. Collective Bargaining ; IV. Welfare Law -- Chapter 7: Criminal Law and Procedure -- A. Criminal Law: I. Introduction ; II. General Principles: 1. Prerequisites for Criminal Culpability ; 2. Defenses ; 3. Vicarious Liability in Criminal Law ; III. Selected Crimes ; IV. Death Penalty

B. Criminal Procedure: I. The Effect of Constitutional Guarantees ; II. The Course of Criminal Proceedings: 1. The Investigative Phase ; 2. The Pre-trial Phase ; 3. The Trial ; 4. The Imposition of Punishment (Sentencing) ; 5. Appeals ; III. Post-Conviction Remedies: 1. The Constitutional Guarantee of habeas corpus ; 2. Reform of Federal habeas corpus-Law ; 3. Review Mechanisms Under State Law -- Appendix 1: A Case Law Illustration and Commentary: MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. -- Appendix 2: U. S. Constitution -- Appendix 3: Legal Education and the Legal Profession in the United States: I. Legal Education ; II. Legal Careers ; A. Private Practice ; B. Public Service ; C. Societal Role -- Appendix 4: Map of the Federal Courts of Appeal and District Courts.

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