You are the manager of Acme Fireworks, a fireworks retailer who sells fireworks, puts on ground display fireworks, and large aerial display fireworks. The company started in the owner’s garage two years ago and now
has 15 employees that you manage. The company started as a sole proprietorship, and the owner has never
changed the entity.
The owner has informed you that the company has received inquiries from several large
businesses wondering if the company could create several fireworks displays on a regular basis. The owner told
the inquirers that the company could fill such display orders, and a price per display was agreed upon. It was
discussed that most of the cost for a fireworks display is for skilled labor, insurance, and the actual service of
setting off the fireworks. No other details were discussed. The owner is anticipating that new employees will
need to be hired, but he is worried that if the large orders for fireworks displays do not continue, the company
will not have the funds to pay the new employees. The owner is now considering changing the business entity,
but he does not know what entity to form or how to form it.
The owner has asked you to do the following:
Determine if the contracts with the businesses will be governed by common law or the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and explain why.
Analyze whether the owner formed a contract with the businesses, and apply the five essential elements of an
Explain the potential personal liability to Acme Fireworks if a spectator is injured by a stray firework from a
Discuss the different employment types and relationships relevant to agency law, and analyze the advantages and
disadvantages of each type specific to Acme Fireworks.
Explain why Acme Fireworks should not operate as a sole proprietorship. Recommend a new business entity,
and provide rationale to support your recommendation.
For each task, be sure to analyze the relevant law, apply the facts to the law, and make a conclusion.