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					                              Outline of Lectures and Readings


1.   Sources of Ambiguity in Modern American Law (January 17)
     Reading: WTA Comments, A Note on Procedure in Litigation and on Reading
     Cases

2.   Law and Finance Around the World (January 22)
     LaPorta et. al., “Law and Finance,” Journal of Political Economy 106, 1113-1155 (1998).

3.   Basics of the Law of Fraud (January 24)
     Reading:       Miller v. Fairchild Industries, 629 A.2d 1293 (1993)
                    Banco Totta e Acores v. Fleet National Bank, 768 F.Supp. 943 (1991)

4.   Introduction to Contacting (January 29)
     Evolution: from status to contract and beyond; contract as central
     institution of market form of organization
     Introduction of enforcement; expectancy damages
     Idea of consideration

             Reading: Chirelstein, 1-29
             Case: Apfel v. Prudential Bache Securities, Inc.
                    Gruen Industries, Inc.

5.   Contract Formation (January 31)
     When do contractual duties arise?

             Reading: Chirelstein, 30-61
             Case:
             Supplemental Reading: Restatement Section 18

6.   Relational Contracts (February 5)
     Between spot markets and organizations
     Open terms (best efforts, reasonableness)
     Good faith and fair dealing

             Reading: Chirelstein, 89-98 and 98-101
             Case:
             Supplemental Reading:

7.   The Role of a Writing (February 7)
     The statute of frauds and part performance
     Federal act affecting electron signatures

             Reading:




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8.    Performance and Breach (February 12)
      What constitutes acceptable performance
      Failure of conditions justifying non-performance

              Reading: Chirelstein,101-107 and 110-129
              Case:
              Supplemental Reading: Restatement Sections 235, 237, 243

9.    Misrepresentation: Deceit and Breach of Representations & Warranties (February
      14)

              Reading:
              Supplemental Reading: Restatement at pp 424-25 and Sections 159, 162

10.   Mistake in Contracting;Assumption of Risks (February 21)

              Reading: Chirelstein, 128-146
              Case:
              Supplemental Reading: Restatement Sections 151-153, 154

11.   Supervening Public Policy (February 26)
      Illegality
      Unconscionability

              Reading: Chirelsstein, 62-79
              Case:
              Supplemental Reading: Restatement Sections 205, 208

12.   Remedies (February 28)
      Expecency Damages
      Specific performance
      Mitigation
      Concept of Efficient Breach

              Reading: Chirelstein, 147-168
              Case:
              Supplemental Reading: Restatement Sections 347, 350, 351, 355, 357

13.   Remedies (continued) (March 5)
      Reliance
      Restitution
      Liquidated damages

              Reading: Chirelstein,168-183




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             Case:
             Supplemental Reading: Restatement Sections 370, 371

14.   MIDTERM EXAM (March 7)

15.   Derivative Securities (March 19)

16.   Property Rights and Markets (March 21)
      Anderson and Hill, “The Evolution of Property Rights: A Study of the American West,”
      Journal of Law and Economics 18, 163-179 (1975).

17.   The Coase Theorem (March 26)
      Polinsky, 1 - 24.
      “Trading the Right to Pollute,” Harvard Business School note.

18.   Auctions of Property Rights (March 28)

      McAfee and McMillan, “Analyzing the Airwaves Auction,” Journal of Economic
      Perspectives 10, 159-175 (196).

      LaPorta and Lopez de Silanes, “The Benefits of Privatization – Evidence from Mexico,”
      World Bank, 1997

19.   Intellectual Property (April 2)

      “The Protection of Intellectual Property in the United States,” Harvard Business School
      note.

      INS v. Associated Press, 248 U.S. 215 (1918) (excerpts).

20.   Intellectual Property and the Internet (April 4)

      Browse the website www.BitLaw.com.

      Readings from the news media on Napster, Internet domain names, exchange traded
      mutual funds, and other intellectual property disputes.

21.   Insider Trading Law: Property Rights View (April 9)

      SEC v. Texas Gulf Sulphur, 401 F. 2d 833 (1968) (excerpts).
      Carpenter v. United States, 484 U.S. 19 (1987) (excerpts).
      United States v. O’Hagan, 521 U.S. 642 (1997) (excerpts).

      Readings from the news media.

22.   Franchising and Leasing (April 11)




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      “A Note on Franchising,” Harvard Business School note.

      “Boston Chicken, Inc.,“ Harvard Business School case study.

23.   Tort Liability (April 16)

      “Note on Product Liability,” Harvard Business School note.

      Polinsky, 37-56, 65-72, 89-94.

      Readings from the news media on Johns Manville, Dow Corning, and other cases.

24.   The Plaintiffs’ Bar (April 18)

      Bohn and Choi, “Fraud in the New Issues Market: Empirical Evidence on Securities
      Class Actions,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 144, 903-982 (1996).

      Readings from the news media on securities law reform.

25.   Initial Public Offerings (April 23)
      “Securities Law and Public Offerings,” Harvard Business School note.

      Readings from the news media on regulatory issues related to IPOs.

26.   Directors’ Duties and Shareholder Litigation (April 25)

      Smith v. Van Gorkom, 488 A. 2d 858 (Delaware, 1985) (excerpts).

27.   Crime, Corruption, and Scandals (April 30)

      “Note on Individual and Corporate Liability,” Harvard Business School note.

      Agrawal et. al, “Management Turnover and Corporate Changes Following the Revelation
      of Criminal Fraud,” Journal of Law and Economics 42, 309-342 (1999).

      Readings from the news media.




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