Consumer protection or antitrust problem

Consumer protection or antitrust problem

12 page APA

This assignment will be submitted to Turnitin®.

Instructions

Week 8 Final Essay

Course objectives:

· CO1 Assess the legal environment of business.

· CO2 Explain how ethical frameworks shape business decisions.

· CO10 Assess laws applying to antitrust and consumer protection.

Assignment Prompt: The following table lists five (5) companies that have been involved in either a consumer protection or antitrust problem. Select ONE of these companies from the first column as the subject of your paper. You are provided source links in the table about the company to get you started. You will need to conduct more research about the company as well as the applicable ethical frameworks and law.

Company/Issue Fact source to get you started Comments
Facebook

(Antitrust)

(2020, December 9). FTC Press Release. Facebook offers a rich field for other legal topics.
Walmart

(Consumer)

 U.S. Dept. of Justice. (2020, December 22).  Press Release No. 20-1,386 DOJ has alleged: “Walmart had the responsibility and the means to help prevent the diversion of prescription opioids. ….Instead, for years, it did the opposite — filling thousands of invalid prescriptions at its pharmacies and failing to report suspicious orders of opioids and other drugs placed by those pharmacies.  This unlawful conduct contributed to the epidemic of opioid abuse throughout the United States.”

Include in your research looking at complaint DOJ filed.

Other topics might include areas of employment law, premises liability.

Google

(Monopoly)

U.S. Dept. of Justice. (2020, October 20).  DOJ Press Release No. 20-1124. Research government’s allegations in lawsuit and law based it is based on; Google’s defenses; ethics issues; etc. Google is rich ground for finding other areas of law to research and discuss. Consider such topics as privacy, contract, defamation, intellectual property, employment.

Include in your research looking at complaint DOJ filed.

Wells Fargo

(Consumer)

Navajo Nation

Fox, T. (2019, September 1). Corpwatch.

The broader background for this is the Wells Fargo bogus accounts scandal, but THIS inquiry is specifically what WF did targeting the Navajo and others, primarily minorities, lacking English language skills.

In addition to the main consumer issues, other legal topics might include alternate dispute resolution (settlement), criminal law, civil rights, contract fraud

Takata

(Consumer)

Exploding airbags

Padmanabhan, K. (2017, January 20). . Corpwatch.

Other legal topics you might include are product liability, wrongful death,  alternate dispute resolution (settlement)

This assignment will be submitted to Turnitin®.

Instructions

Week 8 Final Essay

Course objectives:

· CO1 Assess the legal environment of business.

· CO2 Explain how ethical frameworks shape business decisions.

· CO10 Assess laws applying to antitrust and consumer protection.

Assignment Prompt: The following table lists five (5) companies that have been involved in either a consumer protection or antitrust problem. Select ONE of these companies from the first column as the subject of your paper. You are provided source links in the table about the company to get you started. You will need to conduct more research about the company as well as the applicable ethical frameworks and law.

Company/Issue

Fact source to get you started

Comments

Facebook

(Antitrust)

FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization (2020, December 9). FTC Press Release.

Facebook offers a rich field for other legal topics.

Walmart

(Consumer)

U.S. Dept. of Justice. (2020, December 22). Department of Justice files nationwide lawsuit against Walmart Inc. for Controlled Substances Act violations. Press Release No. 20-1,386

DOJ has alleged: “Walmart had the responsibility and the means to help prevent the diversion of prescription opioids. ….Instead, for years, it did the opposite — filling thousands of invalid prescriptions at its pharmacies and failing to report suspicious orders of opioids and other drugs placed by those pharmacies. This unlawful conduct contributed to the epidemic of opioid abuse throughout the United States.”

Include in your research looking at complaint DOJ filed.

Other topics might include areas of employment law, premises liability.

Google

(Monopoly)

U.S. Dept. of Justice. (2020, October 20). Justice Department sues monopolist Google for violating antitrust laws. DOJ Press Release No. 20-1124.

Research government’s allegations in lawsuit and law based it is based on; Google’s defenses; ethics issues; etc. Google is rich ground for finding other areas of law to research and discuss. Consider such topics as privacy, contract, defamation, intellectual property, employment.

Include in your research looking at complaint DOJ filed.

Wells Fargo

(Consumer)

Navajo Nation

Fox, T. (2019, September 1). Wells Fargo pays Navajo Nation $6.5 million over predatory business tactics. Corpwatch.

The broader background for this is the Wells Fargo bogus accounts scandal, but THIS inquiry is specifically what WF did targeting the Navajo and others, primarily minorities, lacking English language skills.

In addition to the main consumer issues, other legal topics might include alternate dispute resolution (settlement), criminal law, civil rights, contract fraud

Takata

(Consumer)

Exploding airbags

Padmanabhan, K. (2017, January 20). Takata fined $1 billion for hiding information on exploding car airbags . Corpwatch.

Other legal topics you might include are product liability, wrongful death, alternate dispute resolution (settlement)

When you have selected your company, research and cover the following points in a well written essay. Use APA7 format and topical headings.

1. In an introductory paragraph identify the company, the topic and a well crafted thesis statement.

2. Briefly describe the company and the nature of its business and corporate business environment. Do not spend a lot of time on the history of the company, but do describe sufficiently to create meaningful context. This should only need to be a paragraph.

3. Research, define and discuss the legal issues and regulatory environment for the company’s consumer or antitrust issue. (i.e., What are the specific laws involved?) Include case law.

4. Ethical dilemma and two ethical frameworks: Identify the ethical dilemma that the company presents with respect to its antitrust or consumer problem. This should be encapsulated in a single sentence. Evaluate two ethical frameworks with respect to the company’s management’s decisions that led to the situation. One of these should be the ethical framework you identify as the framework the company followed in its decision-making. The other should be a contrasting ethical framework that might have produced a different situation for the company.

5. Other legal topics that relate to the company’s business: Also, clearly define and evaluate three (3) additional legal topics (NOT antitrust or consumer protection laws) that we covered this term — and that are explained in your text and required readings, and apply them to the company’s business. (Hint: Review the legal topics in the textbook and cite to the the text in your analysis. We covered many subjects. Examples: contracts, torts, product liability, bankruptcy, securities & stocks trading, employment issues, defamation, privacy, ADR, etc. Include illustrative case law.)

6. General recommendations for business leadership and managers that you have learned from this study (not just for the company you have selected, but for operating and managing a business).

7. Conclusion.

8. References list

Further Guidance:

1. Reflect on the class discussions and the text, required readings, articles that you have read during the class and use the information, and other academic sources

2. Write a well-supported analytical essay critiquing the company, its operations, and the ethical dilemma it caused. Discuss the legal issues and concepts identified and make recommendations for management. LENGTH: – See RUBRIC

3. Number of sources: Exemplary level of performance states 7 sources, at least 2 of which from library and none of which from excluded sources.

4. Proper citation and references formatting must be in APA 7th Ed.

5. Papers that do not include appropriate in text citations will lose points.

6. Dictionaries, encyclopedias — including Investopedia — Wikis, and the like, and Internet generic quick-answer websites are not acceptable to populate your Reference list. Use your text, required readings, and other scholarly sources.

7. Review Grading rubric.

8. Organize your paper with appropriate subheadings per APA formatting.

9. Do not write in 1st or 2nd person. Paper must be written in 3rd person.

10. Do not use contractions.

11. All sources on References list must be correctly cited in the text of the paper and vice versa.

12. Length. Per rubric, Exemplary level is 2500-3200 words. Length excludes title page, references, abstract.

13. An abstract is NOT required.

14. Please proofread! Use aids that will help you — spellcheck, grammarly, read you paper aloud, etc.

Grading Rubric

Please review the Grading Rubric carefully prior to submitting your work, to understand grading.

Turn It In

Your paper will automatically refer to Turn It In upon submittal. If you obtain a report above 15% (excluding reference list and direct quotes), you must review the cause and rewrite and resubmit to fix the problem. Further, as to direct quotes, these must be in quotation marks with the source properly cited. No more than 10% should attribute to direct quotes. Submit a draft of your paper before the due date to test it for Turn It In. You are permitted multiple submissions for this purpose.

Papers must be submitted in MS Word.

Comprehensives

Are you planning to take BUSN698 Comprehensive Exam? This exercise models the type of questions/answers you will be generating in the comprehensive exam. Go here for more information on the End of Program process and feel free to get in touch with your Program Director, Wanda Curlee, wcurlee@apus.edu, for answers to any questions you may have about the process.

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