BUS 206 – Exam 4 – Take home – Summer 2016 – Term A

  1. BUS 206 – Exam 4 – Take home – Summer 2016 – Term A

Essay

  1. Max plots a new Batman adventure and carefully and skillfully imitates the art of DC Comics to create an authentic-looking Batman comic. Max is not affiliated with the owners of the copyright to Batman. Can Max publish the comic without infringing on the owners’ copyright?
  1. On May 1, Brand Name Industries, Inc. (BNI), sent Carol a letter, via overnight delivery, offering to employ her to audit BNI’s financial statements for the current year for $1,000. In the letter, BNI stated that Carol had ten days to accept. On May 5, Carol sent BNI a fax that stated, “The price for the audit seems too low. Would you consider paying $1,200?” BNI received the fax. The next day, Dan offered to conduct the audit for $800. On learning of Dan’s offer, Carol immediately e-mailed BNI, agreeing to do the work for $1,000. BNI received this e-mail on May 7. Explain why BNI and Carol do, or do not, have a contract.
  1. Omega, Inc., sells business application software¾accounting and bookkeeping programs, blank business forms, inventory control functions, and so on¾in different combinations, in different packages, at different prices. Each package includes a shrink-wrap agreement that limits warranties and remedies. Precision Engineering Associates (PEA) buys an Omega package and uses the product. Later, PEA files a suit against Omega, claiming that the software is flawed and that the flaws caused PEA to suffer business losses. PEA asks for relief that exceeds the limits in the shrink-wrap agreement. What are shrink-wrap agreements? Are these agreements always enforced? Under what circumstances is a court likely to enforce this agreement?
  1. Ed, a businessperson, is a friend of Fran, the owner of a candy store. Every day, Ed spends five minutes in Fran’s candy store, looking at the candy and usually buying one or two candy bars. One afternoon, Ed goes into the store, looks at the candy, and picks up a $1 candy bar. Ed waves the candy at Fran without saying a word and walks out. Is there a contract? If so, how would it be classified in terms of formation, performance, and enforceability?
  1. On May 1, Local Cartage Company and Modern Computers, Inc., orally agree that Local Cartage will pick up from National Chip Corporation and deliver to Modern Computers’ manufacturing plant a certain number of computer chips on each Monday in May. Under the agreement, Modern Computers will pay for the delivery services on June 1. On May 1, is this contract express, implied in fact, or implied in law? On May 31, after all of the deliveries have been made, is the contract executed or executory?
  1. Flossy promises to pay her cousin Garth, who is dangerously obese, $10,000 if Garth loses 100 pounds within the next two years. Garth agrees, performs his part of the bargain, and asks for the money. Flossy refuses to pay, saying that she forgot about the deal, but that even if she did make such a pledge, there was no valid consideration for it. Garth files a suit against Flossy. In whose favor is the court likely to rule, and why?
  1. Real Estate Investments, Inc., owns and manages an office building. Secure Insurance Company agrees to lease the building for five years. Under the lease, Secure is obligated to pay all of the utility costs. Two years into the term, Secure asks Real Estate to modify the lease to provide that the utility costs be split equally between them. Real Estate agrees, but later decides it does not want to share the costs and refuses to pay. Is the landlord bound to its agreement to share the utility costs? Why or why not?
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