Accumulation of court rulings
Most = state law
Develops on stare decisis
practice of following precedent
Courts have the ability to
accept (or distinguish)
modify (e.g. new technology)
Only made by legislative bodies
Can be made from common Law
(e.g. Copyright Act from fair use common law)
e.g. House of Reps, Town Councils, etc.
Ultimate Legal Authority
Based on US constitution or state constitution
Prevails over common and statutory (less protection)
e.g. First Amendment
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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