Protect Your Business From Lawsuits with Business Law
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Real world application and examples of when business owners get sued and how to best avoid unnecessary liability.
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will learn about how government is set up and structured
  • You will learn the hierarchy of laws and the branches of government
  • You will learn the court process in civil and criminal cases
  • You will learn about burdens of proof in civil and criminal cases and what that means to you
  • You will learn the difference between what it means to be sued v. prosecuted, and who may bring actions against you
  • You will learn about tort law, and the different types of torts such as negligence and strict liability
  • You will learn about remedies possible for plaintiffs when they win their cases
  • You will learn about how a contract is formed and how it is executed
  • You will learn about different types of contract and how they are used in business
  • By the end of this course, you will also know about the courts' creation of contracts where it didn't seem contracts ever existed
  • You will learn about the Statute of Frauds, which contracts must be in writing to be valid
  • You will be educated on Agency and Employment law
  • You will know when an employer will be liable for the legal problems of their employees, agents, and 1099 contractors
  • You will learn what duties you owe to invitees, licensees, and trespassers to avoid negligence lawsuits
  • You will learn about the difference between morals, ethics, and illegality
  • We will have a philosophical discussion about what should drive your business decisions: morals, ethics, or fear of illegality
  • We will discuss business crimes and how to avoid them
  • You will learn the importance of employee handbooks and human resources departments
  • You will be given instruction on how best to prepare you and your employees for risk avoidance and compliance with employment laws
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  • basic knowledge of the english language is required, and an ability to think freely
  • Access to a law dictionary such as Black's Law Dictionary
  • Access to a law library should you need to do legal research
  • you will need to take notes, so keep a pen and paper on hand because you'll be taking some tests
  • Interest in the American legal system, as this course generally relates specifically to the American legal and justice system, as well as the civil court system.
  • Interest in Justice and the Law
  • Interest in Business and liability issues in the workplace

This Business Law Course is intended to enlighten everyone about how business and the law intersect, and how business could not survive without the law regulating its operation. This course will focus on basic skills and knowledge sets that a first year law student would be subject to learning, but all jam packed into a simple and easy to understand course. This course is for beginners, and concepts will be explained in detail, with every step explained along the way. You will find video lectures, supplemental visual charts, quizzes for each section, and other helpful tools. The course may be completed over a few days, or over a few weeks. It all depends on how you choose to learn. The course is structured in a logical manner, with foundational knowledge taught before more complex issues are explained. You should take this course because you need to be educated on how liability issues will impact you in your personal and business life, and you will learn how to better protect yourself against the perils that will be brought with an ignorance of the risks associated with operating a business. I welcome you to this course and I look forward to our journey together.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone and everyone who is anxious to learn and open to thought
  • Business Owners
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Law Students
  • Prospective Law Students
  • Business Majors
  • Criminal Justice Majors
  • Police Officers
  • Continuing Education
  • Employment Training
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Those interested in learning how they are impacted by the law as an employee or business owner
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Those interested in the experience of a first year law student and all concepts explored in the 1L year. This is basically the first year of law school in a nutshell.
  • Those who are interested in protecting themselves from liability in the workplace.
  • Those interested in protecting their business from lawsuits from employees, customers, etc.
  • Those interested in understanding how the legal system works on a fundamental level
  • Those interested in learning the differences between civil and criminal law, how lawsuits differ from prosecutions, how mediators differ from arbitrators and judges, how ethics are different from morals and legality, and what this all means to you.
  • Those interested in the American legal/justice system. This course is going to generally focus on the American criminal and civil justice system.
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Curriculum For This Course
64 Lectures
Introduction to Business Law
1 Lecture 02:04

Helpful and introductory welcome to the course.

Preview 02:04
Government and the Court System
3 Lectures 09:20

Here we go over the basic framework of government as constructed by the Constitution. Executive, Judicial, Legislative, and checks and balances.

Preview 04:03

Why is the Constitution so important? We talk about what this document is and why it is the best document for a system of government yet created.

Preview 01:33

How does the Court System work? Why does it exist and what does it do for citizens?

Preview 03:44
The Court System
5 Lectures 13:00

What is the difference between civil and criminal cases?

Civil v. Criminal Cases

What is a burden of proof?

Burden of Proof Defined

The Burden of Proof is different in a civil case v. a criminal case. We have a discussion about why this is and why the difference in the burden is so important.

Burden of Proof Continued: Civil v. Criminal Cases

What is the difference between getting sued and being prosecuted? There is a distinction between who may bring the case and what the consequences are going to be.

Getting Sued v. Being Prosecuted

The same act may open you up to civil liability and criminal liability. Take a look at the supplemental chart for an example of how the same act may be both civil and criminal.

When an Act is Both Civil and Criminal
The Court Process / Legal Process
4 Lectures 15:20

The criminal process when a person is charged with a crime. Take a look at the supplemental chart.

The Court Process When You are Charged with a Crime

The court process in a civil action will be the process most business people will be looking at most commonly. This is the process any time a suit is filed against them. Take a look at the helpful supplemental chart.

The Court Process in a Civil Action (When you are Sued)

A mediation before trial is a way for the parties to sit down and come to a mutual agreement before a trial. It is becoming a more common practice these days and is often times compulsary in modern civil and family law cases.

Mediation Before Trial

Mediators v. arbitrators v. judges. It's important to know the differences between these persons before you get yourself into trouble signing a contract that, for instance, contains a "binding arbitration agreement."

Mediators v. Arbitrators v. Judges
9 Lectures 23:08

What is a tort? Tort law is very important to understand because it serves as the greatest threat to all businesses and a large part of our national economy.

Introduction to Torts: What is a Tort?

There are many different types of torts. Lets talk about some of them.

Different Types of Torts

Intentional torts have elements that must be proven, much like a crime, but they are on the civil side of those acts. Again, they may be criminal acts as well, but intentional torts are civil actions.

Intentional Torts

As mentioned, intentional torts may ALSO be crimes. How does this work? Let's chat about it.

Intentional Torts May Be Crimes

Negligence is a type of tort that need not be proved beyond the fact that there was a duty owed, and the tortfeasor breached that duty of care, causing harm to the plaintiff.


You owe some sort of duty to almost everyone. When you are driving in traffic, you owe a duty to other drivers…. when you have a visitor in your home you have a duty to warn them of dangers…. when you have custody of a child you have a duty to protect them. You EVEN owe a duty to trespassers on your property. Let's talk about it.

Duty of Care is Owed Even to Trespassers

Here we go over the Doctrine of Attractive Nuisance, which lays out examples of how a person may be held liable for not protecting against attractive dangers that could bring in children. Note the photos in supplemental material. See the differences between someone who has protected against attractive nuisance claims and someone who has not.

The Doctrine of Attractive Nuisance

Strict Liability is liability that is attached to someone even if they have taken measures to protect against the harm. The nature of the business they are dealing in or the dangerous animals that they keep, for instance, open them up to liability no matter what. Take a look at the supplemental chart explaining Strict Liability theory.

Strict Liability

Remedies in Tort are the actions that judges take to make sure the winning plaintiff is put back in the position that they were in prior to the harm that came to them as a result of the Tortfeasor's actions.

Remedies in Tort
20 Lectures 36:45

A contract is an agreement between two or more parties that is legally binding.

What is a Contract?

Contracts must be legally binding to be valid.

A Contract Defined

There are 4 basic elements of a contract in order to make a contract valid and binding. Offer, Acceptance, Consideration, and Capacity.

The Elements of a Contract: Overview

An offeror makes an offer awaiting acceptance from an offeree.

The Elements #1: The Offer

Offeree accepts the offer from the offeror, making a valid acceptance.

The Elements #2: The Acceptance

Consideration is something of value given in exchange within the agreement to make it valid.

The Elements #3: Consideration

Courts do not look to the adequacy of the consideration in order to determine whether a contract is valid, only that there is consideration present.

A Note on Consideration

A party to a contract must have capacity to enter into that contract. If they do not have capacity, they are either not of sound mind, not of age, etc. so they cannot appreciate the consequences and the duties of the contract and its terms.

Elements #4: Capacity

Learn the difference between when a contract is voidable by a party v. when a contract is simply void on its face.

Void v. Voidable Contracts

Review a contract's basic elements: Offer, Acceptance, Consideration, Capacity.

Review of a Contract's Basic Elements

The difference between a unilateral and bilateral contract is how the operation of the contract protocol occurs prior to the acceptance of the agreement and how the offer is accepted. Take a look at the two supplemental charts for a comparison.

Unilateral v. Bilateral Contracts

Contracts aren't just written documents between the parties. There are many types of contracts.

Other Types of Contracts (Oral, Written/Express, Contracts of Adhesion)

A revocation may occur before the offer is accepted. The changing of terms in an offer serves as a rejection of the original offer, an expiration of the original offer, and a counteroffer.

Revocation of Offers and Counteroffers

An option contract is a rare breed of contract where one party "buys time" from another.

Option Contracts

Only five types of contracts must be in writing to be valid. This is called the Statute of Frauds. Take a look at the supplemental chart.

The Statute of Frauds

A contract may be terminated in many different ways, some good (like actually completing the terms) and some not good (like breach).

The Termination of a Contract

Remedies available to plaintiffs who win their cases in Contract Law Suits.

Remedies in Contract Law

Even if there is no valid or written contract, a plaintiff may have a cause of action in equity against a party who made a promise upon which the plaintiff relied to her detriment.

Detrimental Reliance

Did you know that when you suffer losses due to someone else's breach, even though you have the right to sue them to recover your damages, you have a duty to mitigate your losses, which means you must take every step possible to "stop the bleeding" or prevent continued unnecessary losses that could be prevented if you take action.

Duty to Mitigate Losses

When a party is given a value increase in something to the detriment or expense of another, that detriment-stricken plaintiff may have a cause of action for unjust enrichment.

Unjust Enrichment

Contracts Course Quiz

1.What is the definition of a contract?

2.What are the four elements of a valid contract?

3.Does a contract have to be in writing to be valid?

4.When a person puts an ad in a newspaper, placing a car for sale, this is called an _____________________.

5.When a person responds to the ad and pays for the car, this is called ___________________.

6.When an ad is placed, awaiting acceptance, this is known as a ________________ contract.

7.When two parties sit down at a table and write out their agreement together, this is known as a __________________ contract.

8.If a person is not of sound mind or age of majority when they sign a contract, they do not have the necessary _________________ to enter into the agreement.

9.If I give you a dollar to make a contract valid, this is called ______________________.

10.If I pay you $1 for a 2014 Chevy Malibu in an otherwise valid contract, and you challenge me in court on the basis of the price inadequacy, a judge will / will not decide that $1 is simply not a fair price for the car and cancel the contract.

11.A contract where one party with less power doesn’t get to negotiate any terms is called a ____________________.

12.If a contract is made for murder, it is ______________________.

13.If a contract is made between an adult and a child it is ________________________.

14.When one party buys (with valid consideration paid) time to decide if they want to exercise their rights under a contract, it is called an ____________________ contract.

15.Under the law, five contract types MUST be in writing to be valid. This is called the ______________________.

16.What are the five types of contracts that must be in writing?

17.When a judge makes the losing party take a certain action to complete a contract, it is called _______________________.

18.If you are harmed in a contract case, and you are actively experiencing ongoing losses, you have a duty to _________________ your losses.

19.When an offeror offers to sell you something and you change the terms, this is a rejection of the original offer and a _________________________.

20.After a counteroffer is made and is rejected by the original offeror, can the offeror of the counteroffer now go back and say, okay well nevermind, I will just go ahead and accept your original offer then. Is this a valid acceptance?

Contracts Course Quiz
1 question

Contracts Course Quiz Answers

ANSWER KEY - Contracts Course Quiz
1 question
Agency & Employment Law
13 Lectures 37:37

We discuss why understanding agency/employee/1099 distinctions are so important

Introduction to Agency & Employment Law

Agency law is very important because it notifies an employer as to the status of his employees (whether they are employees at all) and therefore having knowledge of the extent of liability they may suffer under the law of vicarious liability or Respondeat Superior.

Agency Law and Vicarious Liability (Respondeat Superior)

Respondeat Superior or Vicarious liability is the concept under the law that states the employer will be liable for the torts of its employees or agents.

More on Respondeat Superior (When does it apply?)

Employers should clarify the status of their staff: are they employees, agents, 1099 independent contractors? Are they employees at all? It makes a big difference in the eyes of the law…. and it makes a difference in who pays when plaintiff wins a lawsuit.

How employer’s choice of employee status may impact the business' liability

It is important to know the difference between a frolic and a detour. it can mean the difference between an employer being held liable for the torts of its employee or being held not liable. What the employee was doing at the time that the tort occurred will determine who pays and if the plaintiff will get a big payday or not.

Defenses to Vicarious Liability: Frolic v Detour

Every company should consider a Human Resources Dept and an employee handbook. Here's why.

The importance of Human Resource and employee handbooks in reducing liability

It is vitally important for a business owner to carefully select their choice of business entity and make sure they are operating under the proper entity selection. How does one know? Well, its a judgement call that involvs weighing the risks, the benefits, the obligations, the tax burdens and benefits, and liability considerations.

Choice of Business Entities

Sole Proprietorship has many benefits, but also comes with many risks.

The Sole Proprietorship

You are the Sole Proprietorship and the Sole Proprietorship is you…. they are not severable.

Sole proprietorship provides no corporate veil

Partnerships are the easiest way that two or more people can go into business together


The ever-so-popular LLC. It's a popular choice of business entity for a reason. it provides many benefits of Sole Proprietorship, but also creates a separate entity with a corporate veil, liability limitations, articles of incorporation, bylaws, etc.

Limited Liability Company



Many organizations operate as a non-profit for financial incentives and big tax breaks.

Non-Profit Organizations
5 Lectures 18:17

An Introduction to ethics and the law.

Introduction to Ethics

Ethics are different than morals and laws… What is the difference?

What are Ethics?

Even though they often times seem the same…. doing what is legal, doing what is moral, and doing what is ethical are three radically different things. They are driven from different external sources and have varying degrees of consequence. Let's begin our philosophical discussion now.

What is the difference between Morality, ethics, and illegality?

Continuing our philosophical discussion about Morality v. Ethics v. Legality.

Continued Conversation on Morality, ethics, and illegality

A Conclusion of ethics and the law.

Ethics Conclusion
Business Crimes
3 Lectures 11:04

There are many crimes that are strictly limited to business settings. You may know them as white collar crimes. Let us discuss some of them now.

A Discussion About Business Crimes

Continued discussion on business crimes.

Business Crimes Continued

Business Crimes Conclusion

Conclusion of Business Crimes
Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:38

Course Wrap-up. Hopefully you have learned a lot and I encourage you to revisit the course content and material to discover concepts that you missed before.

Course Conclusion

Business Law Final Examination

Business Law Final Examination
1 question


1 question
About the Instructor
Dr. Preston Ray Tuley, Esq.
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My name is Preston Ray Tuley, Esq. and I am a philosopher, writer, attorney, educator, tutor, and philanthropist. My educational background includes a Juris Doctorate and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. I learned a lot through 8+ years of college and even more in the real work practical experience of the workplace… in many different capacities in business.

To tell you a bit about my background: I went to law school in Florida, (Orlando, to be exact) at the Florida A&M University College of Law… I passed the bar exam on my first attempt, and presently I am working as a Florida Attorney in my own small boutique law firm. I work for myself and I am licensed to practice in our state courts (which means I may handle any type of case under Florida's case law jurisdiction.) I handle family law cases, personal injury cases, criminal cases, etc.

I am also licensed in the Middle District of Florida Federal Court, where I handle federal matters such as bankruptcy cases.

In my spare time I write educational books, supplements, I tutor law students, and I always work to continue my education.

I enjoy teaching students the law, and counselling students on business and professional subject matters. My ability to communicate complicated information in a practical and easy to digest manner is, I believe, my greatest gift.

I live in Florida with my wife and my little dog too.