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Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

When Using Celebrity Deaths for Brand Promotion Crosses the Line [e284]

The guys kick in the new year by first discussing Cinnabon’s portrayal of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia soon after her death, as well as other gaffes involving Prince and David Bowie. They also talk about right of publicity claims companies could be held liable for based on using someone’s name or likeness for commercial gain. Transcript: NASIR: Hello and welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business. I’m Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. We’re two attorneys here with Pasha Law, practicing in California, Illinois, New York, and Texas. NASIR: Yeah, welcome to the podcast where we cover business in the news with our legal twist. Today, we are discussing some of the do’s and don’ts of celebrity endorsements and what to be aware of when using their likeness and recent gaps in the year 2016 f these instances. MATT: Yes. I mean, I guess, when people listen to this, it… Read More

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Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Are Employers Liable When Employees Are Accused of Racism? [e283]

Nasir and Matt discuss the recent incident at a Victoria’s Secret store where the store manager kicked out all black women after one black woman was caught shoplifting. They then each present dueling steps businesses should take when employees are accused of harassment. Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business. My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub, and we’re two attorneys with Pasha Law, with offices in California, Texas, New York, and Illinois. NASIR: Welcome to the podcast. This is where we cover business in the news with a legal twist. Today, we’re trying to answer the question, “Who calls whom when you get disconnected on the line?” You always get in that awkward situation. No, we’re not talking about that. MATT: We’ll have our opinion of that at the end. I have a couple of thoughts. NASIR: You have a couple of thoughts? MATT: Yeah. NASIR:… Read More

What to do when a client won't pay.
Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

How Businesses Should Handle Unpaid Bills to Clients [e282]

Nasir and Matt return to talk about the different types of clients that may have outstanding invoices and how businesses can convert unpaid bills to getting paid. Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business. My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. We’re both attorneys here with Pasha Law PC, currently practicing with offices in California, Illinois, New York, and Texas. NASIR: Welcome to the podcast where we discuss current business news with our legal twist. Today, we are discussing what to do when your client refuses to pay. MATT: Correct. You know, we decided to change things up a little bit. I don’t think this is necessary for any one particular current event that’s going on but it’s an ongoing issue. Maybe in the news people have seen some real estate tycoons who have, over the past few decades, hired contractors and small business owners for jobs, let them… Read More

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Can Employers Implement English Only Policies Without Discriminating? [e281]

After a long break, Nasir and Matt are back to discuss a Milwaukee frozen custard stand that is now revising it’s English only policy for employees. The guys also discuss how similar policies could be grounds for discrimination and what employers can do to revise their policies. Transcript: NASIR: Hello and welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business. My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. NASIR: And… MATT: And we’re two attorneys here with Pasha Law. You know, it’s been a little bit. I guess it’s been probably a full month since the last time this came out. NASIR: I think we’re both a little older, a little wiser. MATT: Definitely older. I think that’s how time works. So, yeah, welcome to the podcast where we discuss current business news with a legal twist. Today, we’re going to discuss whether or not businesses can require employees to speak… Read More

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Why You May No Longer See Actors’ Ages on Their IMDB Page [e280]

The guys discuss the new California law that allows actors to request the removal of their date of birth and birthdays on their IMDB page and why they think the law won’t last. They also discuss how age discrimination claims arise for business owner. Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business! My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. Both attorneys here with Pasha Law. NASIR: Yeah, practicing in the states of California, Texas, New York, and Illinois. I’m going to try to do different, you know how we have an intro that we try to stick with but we try to change it up so what I’m going to do is I’m going to change the order of the states. MATT: Yeah. So, you have 12, 26 different, you can do that 26 times. NASIR: Is that right? MATT: Yeah. NASIR: Can someone check that? I… Read More

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Airbnb’s Discrimination Problem and How Businesses Can Relate [e279]

Nasir and Matt discuss the racial discrimination claims surrounding Airbnb and how it’s handled the situation. They also discuss some practical tips for businesses experiencing similar issues. Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business. My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub and we’re two attorneys here with Pasha Law. NASIR: That’s right. We practice business law throughout the United States. Actually, no, only four states, right? California, Illinois, Texas, and New York. I have them memorized. MATT: Depends how you look at it. I mean, it’s really technically coast to coast. NASIR: Oh, absolutely, it’s coast to coast. Either way, welcome to our show today. We are covering Airbnb and this is where we take that business legal news – or I should say “business news” – and add our legal twist. The legal twist we’re adding today is basically Airbnb and, I should say, more specifically… Read More

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How Independent Artists Reacted to Fashion Mogul Zara’s Alleged Infringement [e277]

Nasir and Matt talk about the accusations surrounding fashion giant Zara ripping off the designs of independent artists like Tuesday Bassen and how smaller companies can battle the industry giants. Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to our podcast. My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. We’re two attorneys here with Pasha Law, a firm practicing in California, Illinois, New York, and Texas. Welcome to the podcast. I don’t get the opportunity to do the bulk of the intros. NASIR: We’re splitting it up a little bit this time but welcome, everybody! This is where we take business in the news and add our legal twist to it. I think today we have a nice topic. What do we have? MATT: We have an interesting topic today. We’re going to be discussing what’s come together as a group of independent artists and designers who have all alleged that their works, intellectual property have… Read More

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Can Brave’s Ad Replacing Software Defeat Newspapers and Copyright Law? [e276]

Nasir and Matt discuss Brave Software’s ad replacing technology that has caught the eye of almost every national newspaper and has a potential copyright infringement claim looming. They also welcome digital marketing expert Matt Michaelree to speak on the specifics of what Brave is attempting to do and whether it has the answers moving forward. Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to our podcast where cover business in the news and add our legal twist. My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. NASIR: And I am a business attorney and so is Matt, and we practice business law throughout the country in Texas, California, New York, and Illinois. Been doing it for a while now, right? MATT: Speak for yourself. I can’t say. I don’t think I can necessarily put myself in all those states but the firm at least. NASIR: We provide legal services to small and medium-sized businesses… Read More