Critical Legal Thinking Case Assignment Four
Respond to the following Factual Scenario. Your responses must be in APA format. A Critical legal Thinking Rubric for preparing your responses to Critical Legal Thinking Case Assignments is posted in COURSE INFORMATION.
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1. Your score will be determined by evaluation of your substantive content.Your analysis and solutions as applicable must be based on the principles of law, ethics, or business principles presented in the text and on the course site–not merely on your opinions. You must describe how application of the principles of law to the key facts support your determination of the issues. You need to show the reasoning behind your decision.
2. The length of your response has no bearing on your score. There is no minimum or limit. Most responses will be from two to three substantive pages.
Key facts are those facts that determine if the principles of law are met. You do not need to repeat the factual scenario. Doing so does not meet the requirement of recognizing the key facts. You must still demonstrate you recognize those key facts.
Roger is a director of a major car manufacturer. This is one of the few remaining car companies yet to introduce a sport utility vehicle. Roger convinces the board to investigate forming a new division to design, build and market a sport utility vehicle. Roger convinces the board that the first sport utility vehicle that the division introduces should be the largest yet sold to the general public. The board sets up a committee to do some research, and this committee hired a marketing consulting firm. The committee and the consulting firm both had a few reservations about such a large vehicle, but the data showed that the market could most likely support it. After much discussion, the board of directors voted in favor of creating the new division and the huge sport utility vehicle as its first product. The vote was 9 to 6 in favor of the plan. Shortly before this vehicle was introduced, there was a major oil supply disruption that caused the price of crude oil to nearly triple. Few purchasers were found for the huge new sport utility vehicle and the company lost considerable money. A shareholder files suit against Roger claiming he violated his duty to the corporation by convincing the board to build and market the large SUV. Discuss Roger’s duties as a director, and any defenses he has to the lawsuit.
Company directors, whether private or public, have several responsibilities towards their firms, workers and shareholders. Any breach of these responsibilities might not be detrimental only to the company, shareholders or workers but also might lead to criminal and civil liability of the concerned individuals in the directorate position. At the same time, there are some events which take place in an organization whose occurrence cannot be blamed on the directors. This implies that company directors are not always liable to any unfortunate event that takes place in the organization. For instance, there are some unfortunate events which………………
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