The Background of Modern American Business Law
2017 J. Juris. 93
36 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 1, 2017
This is an attempt to introduce lawyers trained in the civil law tradition about the unique features of the common law and equity traditions that influence American business entity law. The approach is historical, and traces the development of equitable ownership and equitable duties to the 14th century. It also introduces the uniquely English notion of the Internal Affairs Rule as the source of jurisdictional competition and innovation in the American system. It then proceeds with a more conventional discussion of the operation of American laws governing business entities.
Keywords: Corporations, Equity, Fiduciaries, History
JEL Classification: K22, N80
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