1.Farmer Joe Andrews, who owned 350 acres of farm land, was approached by Ajax Oil Company that offered to buy the front 30 acres of his land, which bordered on a four-lane highway, so they could build a gasoline station. Ajax Oil asked Mr. Andrews if he had complete ownership of the land, and he assured them he did. The two parties negotiated on the price and terms of the land sale for several days and finally agreed on a price of $60,000 for the 30 acres and Mr. Andrews signed a Quit Claim Deed transferring ownership to Ajax Oil. Ajax Oil developed the land and built the gasoline station with a typical small grocery store, and a car wash. The gasoline station functioned well for the next eight years, and was very profitable. The State Highway Department contacted Ajax Oil, and told them the state had acquired the right to take the land 30 years ago for expansion of the highway through a Special Warranty Deed from farmer James Barnes, who had owned and operated the farm before Joe Andrews. The issue quickly goes to court with the State Highway Department, Ajax Oil, farmer Joe Andrews, and farmer Barnes’ Heirs, all parties to the legal activity. What issues are involved here in regard transfer of right to land? Who do you think will prevail? (Points : 30)
2.ABC Computers is a manufacturer and seller of personal computers and tablets. ABC entered into agreements with suppliers requiring that such suppliers not sell ABC’s computers below ABC’s suggested minimum retail price and in return, ABC would not sell its products at retail prices in the store owners' territories. ABC decided not to sell any more computers unless an additional software package was purchased. A competitor informed the Office of the Attorney General of this policy, asserting it was illegal. Additionally, the new model of ABC’s computer has caught on fire, causing injuries to consumers. Explain what ABC should do to protect consumers. Also consider whether there have been any violations under the antitrust and related laws and the governmental agencies involved in these types of cases.
3.Prior to the 1935 Case of “McPhearson v. Buick Motors”, manufacturers had little or no liability exposure for malfunctions of their products that lead to injuries or death to individuals from said product failure. What was the specific problem associated with this new Buick Automobile, and what two alternative legal claims did Buick Motors direct Mr. MacPhearson to pursue as opposed to his claim against them? What specific legal liability regarding manufactured products developed from this case, and what is its lasting effect in today’s world of consumer products? (Points : 30)