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Business Law

A guide for Business Law

Legal Cases - tools to find them

1. Select a case

a. Search newspapers for a topic

b. Use Google Scholar Case Law search


c. Use a case from your textbook

2. Analyze the case
To analyze the case you'll need to use a variety of sources.
Dictionaries/Reference  -- Use correct terms!  Check theories and definitions. 
b. Articles -- Search for articles in scholarly journals that discuss and analyze the case. 
c. JSTOR -- Look for precedent - search older scholarly publications for discussions about previous cases that shed light on present decisions.‚Äč Note: JSTOR will not cover the most recent cases. 

To analyze the case, you'll need to ask and find answers to questions and identify the broad themes such as:
Does this case 
represent application of common law, statutory law or the UCC?
Does this case represent a combination of criminal and civil charges for the same offense? 
Was there 
negilence involved or was this a case of strict liability?
Was this a contract dispute?  If so - what was being disputed and what were the issues at stake?
Was this case an example of an antitrust violation?  Why, why not?