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(Solved) 1-2. Sources of Law. This chapter discussed a number of sources of American law. Which source of law takes priority in the following situations, and

1–2. Sources of Law. This chapter discussed a number of sources of American law. Which source of law takes priority in the following situations, and why? (See Sources of American Law.) (a) A federal statute conflicts with the U.S. Constitution. (b) A federal statute conflicts with a state constitutional provision. (c) A state statute conflicts with the common law of that state. (d) A state constitutional amendment conflicts with the U.S. Constitution.

1–3. Stare Decisis. In this chapter, we stated that the doctrine of stare decisis “became a cornerstone of the English and American judicial systems.” What does stare decisis mean, and why has this doctrine been so fundamental to the development of our legal tradition?

2–1. Standing. Jack and Maggie Turton bought a house in Jefferson County, Idaho, located directly across the street from a gravel pit. A few years later, the county converted the pit to a landfill. The landfill accepted many kinds of trash that cause harm to the environment, including major appliances, animal carcasses, containers with hazardous content warnings, leaking car batteries, and waste oil. The Turtons complained to the county, but the county did nothing. The Turtons then filed a lawsuit against the county alleging violations of federal environmental laws pertaining to groundwater contamination and other pollution. Do the Turtons have standing to sue? Why or why not? Problems

2–2. Venue. Brandy Austin used powdered infant formula manufactured by Nestlé USA, Inc., to feed her infant daughter. Austin claimed that a can of the formula was contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii bacteria, causing severe injury to the infant. ‑e bacteria can cause infections of the bloodstream and central nervous system—in particular, meningitis (inammation of the tissue surrounding the brain or spinal cord). Austin led an action against Nestlé in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota. Nestlé argued for a change of venue because the alleged harm had occurred in South Carolina. Austin is a South Carolina resident and had given birth to her daughter in that state. Should the case be transferred to a South Carolina venue? Why or why not?

3-4 Advance Technology Consultants, Inc. (ATC), contracted with RoadTrac, LLC, to provide software and client software systems for the products of global positioning satellite (GPS) technology being developed by RoadTrac. RoadTrac agreed to provide ATC with hardware with which ATC’s software would interface. Problems soon arose, however. ATC claimed that RoadTrac’s hardware was defective, making it difficult to develop the software. RoadTrac contended that its hardware was fully functional and that ATC had simply failed to provide supporting software. ATC told RoadTrac that it considered their contract terminated. RoadTrac filed a suit in a Georgia state court against ATC alleging breach of contract. During discovery, RoadTrac requested ATC’s customer lists and marketing procedures. ATC objected to providing this information because RoadTrac and ATC had become competitors in the GPS industry. Should a party to a lawsuit have to hand over its confidential business secrets as part of a discovery request? Why or why not? What limitations might a court consider imposing before requiring ATC to produce this material?

3–5. Jury Misconduct. Michelle Fleshner worked for Pepose Vision Institute (PVI), a surgical practice. She was ‑red after she provided information to the U.S. Department of Labor about PVI’s overtime pay policy. She sued for wrongful termination, and the jury awarded her $125,000. After the trial, a juror told PVI’s attorneys that another juror had made anti-Semitic statements during jury deliberations. e comments concerned a witness who testi‑ed on PVI’s behalf. According to the juror, the other juror said, about the witness: “She is a Jewish witch.” “She is a penny-pinching Jew.” “She was such a cheap Jew that she did not want to pay Plainti­ unemployment compensation.” Another juror con‑rmed the remarks. PVI ‑led a motion for a new trial on the basis of juror misconduct. e trial judge held that the comments had not prevented a fair trial from occurring. PVI appealed. Do you think such comments are sucient to require a new trial, or must a juror’s bias be discovered during voir dire for it to matter? Explain.

4–3. Russ College of Engineering and Technology of Ohio University announced in a press conference that it had found “rampant and agrant plagiarism” in the theses of mechanical engineering graduate students. Faculty singled out for “ignoring their ethical responsibilities” included Jay Gunasekera, chair of the department. Gunasekera was prohibited from advising students. He ­led a suit against Dennis Irwin, the dean of Russ College, for violating his due process rights. What does due process require in these circumstances? Why?  

4–4 In 2001, Puerto Rico enacted a law that requires speci­c labels on cement sold in Puerto Rico and imposes ­nes for any violations of these requirements. ‑e law prohibits the sale or distribution of cement manufactured outside Puerto Rico that does not carry a required label warning that the cement may not be used in government-­nanced construction projects. Antilles Cement Corp., a Puerto Rican ­rm that imports foreign cement, ­led a complaint in federal court, claiming that this law violated the dormant commerce clause. (‑e dormant commerce clause doctrine applies not only to commerce among the states and U.S. territories, but also to international commerce.) Did the 2001 Puerto Rican law violate the dormant commerce clause? Why or why not?


Ethics. Jason Trevor owns a commercial bakery in Blakely, Georgia, that produces a variety of goods sold in grocery stores. Trevor is required by law to perform internal tests on food produced at his plant to check for contamination. On three occasions, the tests of food products containing peanut butter were positive for salmonella contamination. Trevor was not required to report the results to U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials, however, so he did not. Instead, Trevor instructed his employees to simply repeat the tests until the results were negative. Meanwhile, the products that had originally tested positive for salmonella were eventually shipped out to retailers. Five people who ate Trevor’s baked goods that year became seriously ill, and one person died from a salmonella infection. Even though Trevor’s conduct was legal, was it unethical for him to sell goods that had once tested positive for salmonella? Why or why not?

5-4 After the fall of the Soviet Union, the new government of Azerbaijan began converting certain state-controlled industries to private ownership. Ownership in these companies could be purchased through a voucher program. Frederic Bourke, Jr., and Viktor Kozeny wanted to purchase the Azerbaijani oil company, SOCAR, but it was unclear whether the Azerbaijani president would allow SOCAR to be put up for sale. Kozeny met with one of the vice presidents of SOCAR (who was also the son of the president of Azerbaijan) and other Azerbaijani leaders to discuss the sale of SOCAR. To obtain their cooperation, Kozeny set up a series of parent and subsidiary companies through which the Azerbaijani leaders would eventually receive two-thirds of the SOCAR pro‑ts without ever investing any of their own funds. In return, the Azerbaijani leaders would attempt to use their inuence to convince the president to put SOCAR up for sale. Assume that Bourke and Kozeny are operating out of a U.S. company. Discuss the ethics of this scheme, both in terms of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and as a general ethical issue. What duties did Kozeny have under the FCPA?


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