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  • Bodies of principles and rules of conduct of an organized society or nation, established by a government or other legislated authority and enforced by threat of punishment from an authorized body. The principle source of American law is the English Common Law, though it is distinguished by the coexistence of federal and state systems. Important types of law include antitrust law, business law, constitutional law, contract law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, health law, immigration law, intellectual property law, labor law, maritime law, procedural law, public interest law, tax law, and torts.


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