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Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Ultimate Legal Breakdown: Subscription Box Businesses [e286]

On this episode of the Ultimate Legal Breakdown, Nasir and Matt go in depth with the subscription box business. They discuss where subscription box companies have gone wrong (4:30), the importance of a specifically tailored terms and conditions (6:30), how to structure return policies (11:45), product liability concerns (14:45), the offensive and defensive side of intellectual property (19:00), forming partnerships (23:30), when to form multiple entities (31:45), and rules and logistics for shipping (34:00). Transcript: NASIR: Welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business! My name is Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub, and we’re two business attorneys with Pasha Law. NASIR: Yeah, welcome to the podcast today. We are doing our ultimate legal breakdown of the subscription box business. MATT: Yeah, looking forward to this one. it’s a pretty fun topic because subscription boxes can offer many different things. I’m sure that most listeners have probably either ordered their own subscription box or maybe have their… Read More

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Can Companies Protect Against Foreseeable Misuse of Apps [e285]

Nasir and Matt discuss the suit against Apple that resulted from a car crashed caused by the use of FaceTime while driving. They also discuss how foreseeable use of apps can increase liability for companies. Transcript: NASIR: Hi and welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business! I’m Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. Two attorneys here with Pasha Law – offices in California, Illinois, New York, and Texas. NASIR: Welcome to the podcast for a little short break we had between our last episode and this is where we discuss current business news with a legal twist. Today, we are talking about how developers – especially mobile app developers and other business owners in that space – can deal with possible liability for their software apps and their products. In this case, it’s a sad story of an Apple app that actually caused, well, it’s alleged to have caused a deadly accident…. Read More

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

Stephanie Wilkins

Customers Are Now Free to Post Negative Online Reviews, Thanks to the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

In today’s digital age, people have no hesitation in sharing their opinions on just about anything online. Internet reviews on review aggregation websites like Yelp.com or TripAdvisor.com have become a fact of life for most business owners. And while most savvy consumers know that reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt, most people make a habit of consulting user reviews before trying a new product or service. What many people might not have realized, however, is that some businesses have long been using penalizing tactics to deny consumers the freedom to write negative reviews online whenever they’ve had a bad experience with a seller. To most, the right to do so probably seems like common sense. Nonetheless, certain retailers have been doing their best to prevent it. No more, thanks to newly enacted legislation aimed to prevent sellers from doing just that. In one of his final… Read More

Racist Employee
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

Stephanie Wilkins

The Future Of Obama’s Overtime Overhaul Is In Jeopardy After Court Injunction

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the U.S. just underwent one of the most contentious elections in its history. The status of may current and proposed laws is now uncertain as we prepare for the shift in administrations. The country remains on edge as we wait to see how things play out in the coming weeks and months as President-elect Trump prepares to take office and ultimately is sworn in as Commander-in-Chief. A number of current laws appear to be on the chopping block. With Trump promising to undo major legislation enacted by President Obama, including the Affordable Care Act, in his first 100 days, many fear that several of the legal protections currently in place will soon be a thing of the past. Now, it looks like we won’t have to wait for the new administration to be sworn in for the changes to start… 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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