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Legally Sound Smart Business

A business podcast with a legal twist

Legally Sound Smart Business is a podcast by Pasha Law PC covering different topics in business advice and news with a legal twist with attorneys Nasir Pasha and Matt Staub.
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Latest Episodes

June 23, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the criminal charges facing FedExinvolving the alleged transportation of illegal drugs. They also talk about how business owners should address working with customers that may be breaking the law.

June 15, 2016

The guys return after a long break to discuss why Yahoo is auctioning off over 3,000 patents and how this decision will affect the longevity of the company.

May 25, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the increase in the salary thresholdfor exempt employees and how employerscan try to avoid paying overtime as a result.

May 18, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the Baltimore law that makes it very difficult to operate food trucks in the city. They also discuss all the legal restrictions tohaving a food truck.

May 11, 2016

Matt listens to Nasir recap the developing battle in his hometown of Vandalia, Ohio over whether a Dunkin Donuts can move into a location in close proximity to a local favorite donut shop. They then discusswhether the issue is more legal or personal.

May 9, 2016

The guys kick off the week by discussing a Nevada employee who is claiming she was fired for not supporting the Scientology beliefs of her employer.

April 27, 2016

The guys discuss the massive floods in Houston,how employers responded, and why one meteorologist became a local hero. They also discuss the steps businesses should take in preparing for storms outside the workplace.

April 20, 2016

The guys discuss the boycott of Amazon over the products of an unnamed presidential candidate. They also talkabout how a business should handle a boycott and whether it’s possible to exit one unscathed.

April 13, 2016

Click here to read HubSpot’s response on this topic. Nasir and Matt discuss the trend in startups to compensate programmers and other early employees with stock options and how the company culture at HubSpot isn’t what it seems.

April 6, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss various lawsuits against social media platforms in which users are accused of artificially inflating their social currency.

March 30, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the class action suit against Jessica Alba’s Honest Company for allegedlyselling products that contained harmful chemicals.

March 23, 2016

Nasir and Matt talk about the story out of Texas that Mexican restaurants were reportedly attempting to ban Trump supporters from eating at their restaurants.

March 16, 2016

Nasir and Matt talk about the mayor of Austin recommending employees work from home on Friday due to SXSW and the President being in town and how that affects employers.

March 14, 2016

The guys kick off the week by discussing the lawsuit in Hawaii where an employee posted a defamatory remark about a customer and tried to holdthe employer liable. They also discuss the new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy posting requirements for California.

March 9, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the new iPhone updatethat employees should pay attention to. They also talk about the pitfalls of employers issuing wearable technology to their employees.

March 2, 2016

The guys live long and prosper by welcoming Star Trek expert Michael Liberto to discuss the Prelude of Axanar fan film and the copyright infringement claims alleged by CBS and Paramount.

February 24, 2016

Nasir and Matt talk about the Seattle startup SwanLuv, which quickly shifted its business model of giving couples free loans for weddings.

February 22, 2016

The guys break down the rapid growth of HR Software company Zenefits and why it is now facing aninvestigation from the California Department of Insurance. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic)

February 17, 2016

Nasir and Matt welcome Leiza Dolghih to discuss a former vice president of Life Time Fitness that used company resources toopen a competing gym. Check out Leiza Dolghih’s blog here at

February 15, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss a rare win for California employers and when they can seek expense reimbursement for voluntary employee training.

February 10, 2016

Nasir and Matt talk about Yahoo’s quarterly performance review system andwhy it was flawed from day one.

February 8, 2016

The guys take the court to discuss the recent lawsuit against a video game company claiming copyright infringement over tattoos on NBA players’ bodies.

February 3, 2016

Nasir and Matt celebrate episode 250 by discussing the Department of Labor opinion about joint employment and how to distinguish between horizontal and vertical joint employment.

February 1, 2016

Nasir and Matt discussthe different waysthat Netflix and 24 Hour Fitness handled backing out of grandfather pricing to customers.

January 20, 2016

Nasir and Matt throw the pigskin around in discussing the Minnesota Vikings‘ allegations that Wells Fargo is photobombing their new U.S. Bank Stadium. Nasir also gives the Chargers a proper eulogy.

January 13, 2016

Nasir explains his experience at a local sandwich shop, Relish Fine Foods, and the guys speculate as to how the cafe is restricted from allowing customers to eat on the premises. Check out the Relish website

January 11, 2016

Nasir and Matt kick off 2016 by discussing how one Indianapolis bar responded to a negative post on its Facebook page.

December 23, 2015

The guys welcome Edreace Purmul to discuss Quentin Tarantino’s problem with Hollywood’s Cinerama Domeallegedly backing out of its agreement to show his movie in lieu of Star Wars. [youtube][/youtube] Edreace Purmul graduated from San Diego State University’s Film and Business school in 2006. His first debut into the cinema limelight incidentally was also his first…

December 21, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss new laws that will go into effect for 2016 and how employers should adjust their practices accordingly.

December 16, 2015

The guys end the week by talking about the New York startup Dog Parkerthat allows owners to leave their dogs in fancy cages. They also discuss the treats surrounding the company’s longevity.

December 14, 2015

Nasir and Matt pass the rock around to discuss the lifetime deal that Lebron James signed with Nike and how the deal is likely structured.

December 9, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to take two months of paternity leave, his pledge to donate99% of his Facebook shares to charity, and the alternative motive of Gravity’s CEO to drastically raise the salary of allemployees.

November 23, 2015

Nasir and Matt get in the Thanksgiving spiritby discussing In-N-Out Burger suing DoorDash for delivering their food and recreating their logo.

November 11, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss Small Business Saturday,the involvement of American Express, andhow to participate if you are a small business.

November 9, 2015

The guys kick off the week by discussing the Federal law thatwould prevent companies from using non-disparagement clauses. They also discuss how to detect whether Yelp reviews are fake.

November 4, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss Amazon’s creative move avoid having to hire drivers as employees and why it hasalready gotten sued.

November 2, 2015

The guys take this Monday to discuss the motivation behind REI making the decision to close stores and its website on Black Friday. #OPTOUTSIDE

October 28, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss how a Houston nightclub is facing claims of discrimination for charging customers different cover charges based on their race.

October 26, 2015

The guys discuss Starbucks firing a deaf employee and what is considered a reasonable accommodation for someone requiring a sign language interpreter.

October 21, 2015

The guys close out the week by talking about Urban Outfitters asking salaried employees to volunteer their time on the weekend and how employers can get free work out of salaried employees.

October 19, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the new legislation thatallows for healthcare workers in California to waive a meal period on longer shifts.

October 14, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the passage of the California Fair Pay Act and how it aims to end gender based pay inequality. They also talk abouthow certain industries will be more affected by this new law than others.

October 12, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the scandal involving an employee of DraftKings winning a contest for competitor FanDuel and why this has sparked a discussion on gambling and insider trading.

October 7, 2015

Nasir and Matt talk about JustFab’s crazy valuation for a company that offerssubscription based clothes. They also get into topics of the evils of subscription model pricing and cancellation policies.

October 4, 2015

The guys kick off the week by discussing why the Federal Aviation Administration shutdown a startup trying to be the Uber for flights and how the company is trying to fight back.

September 30, 2015

Nasir and Matt talk about a judge in New York awarding a business owner $1,000 as a result of a bad Yelp review left by a disgruntled customer. They also discuss a recent lawsuit appeal made against Yelp and how Yelp determines what reviews are hidden.

September 28, 2015

The guys discuss a wedding venue that took deposits for weddings that were set for dates after the venue was going to close. They also discuss return policies and good customer service.

September 16, 2015

Nasir and Matt close out the week by talking about the woman that was refused a haircut at a barbershop because itwas described as a men’s only business.

September 14, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the rise of telecommuting in the workforce and relay some pros and cons for both employees and employers.

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