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Common Law

Accumulation of court rulings
Most = state law
Develops on stare decisis

Stare decisis

practice of following precedent

Courts have the ability to

accept (or distinguish)
modify (e.g. new technology)

Statutory Law

Only made by legislative bodies
Can be made from common Law
(e.g. Copyright Act from fair use common law)

Legislative bodies

e.g. House of Reps, Town Councils, etc.

Constitutional Law

Ultimate Legal Authority
Based on US constitution or state constitution
Prevails over common and statutory (less protection)
e.g. First Amendment

Administrative Law

regulatory agencies who employ experts in fields
resolve disputes through public comment and hearing
e.g. FCC: regulates broadcast
FTC: regulates advertising and telemarketing

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