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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

March 16, 2015

Nasir and Matt talk about the company that’s attempting to convince athletes to stay in college by raising money from fans.

March 13, 2015

Nasir and Matt talk about an ice cream maker that is attempting to produce organic versions of Ben & Jerry’s flavors.

March 11, 2015

The guys discuss the recent settlement concerning deceptive tactics of a company involved with as seen on tv ads.

March 9, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the allegations of American Apparel intimidating and silencing employees from complaining about the company and talk about guidelines for employers in making social media policies.

March 6, 2015

Nasir and Matt end the week by discussing the importance of securing the necessary licenses for your business and how operating without a license can ruin yourbusiness.

March 4, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the bankruptcy auction of Radio Shack and why the intangible assets are being sold separately from the tangible assets.

March 2, 2015

The guys kick off the week by getting into what constitutes false advertising and what is mere puffery.

February 27, 2015

The guys finish off the week by discussing the sweepstakes being conducted by Domino’s and how a franchisee can deviate from the franchise model.

February 25, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the recent conflict between the California Labor Code and Industrial Welfare Commission concerning a second meal period for healthcare employees working in excess of 12 hours.

February 23, 2015

Nasir and Matt start the week by explaining how a business can protect its social media accounts and what to do when an employee leaves who has access to social media accounts.

February 20, 2015

Nasir and Matt close out the week by diving into the topic of trademarks to go over unintended negatives and overlooked positives related to trademark filings. Also, the Katy Perry dancing sharks!

February 18, 2015

The guys talk about the costly mistake made by one business owner and discuss the legalresponsibilities of handling major errors.

February 16, 2015

Nasir and Matt list off the biggest mistakes they see start-ups make and offer their advice on how to avoid these issues.

February 13, 2015

The guys end the week by talking about businessesdenying job applicants unless they are tobacco free.

February 11, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss working as a freelancer and what both employees and employers must know to make sure it is done correctly.

February 9, 2015

The guys kick off the week by explaining the issues with employers requiring their employees to pay fortheir own uniforms.

February 6, 2015

The guys end the week by talking about the patently unfair contracts that contestants for American Idol must sign.

February 4, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the legalities of surge pricing and how one company is flipping the script on surge pay.

February 2, 2015

Nasir and Mattenter Groundhog’s Day by discussing the importance of trade secrets and how to best protect your intellectual property.

January 30, 2015

Nasir and Matt end the week by diving into the topic of drones and where the law stands with their usage.

January 28, 2015

The guys talk about the different methods to value a startup, particularly when the business is pre-revenue.

January 26, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the app that allows employees to post anonymous messages about their employers. They also talk about the legalities of banning gossip in the workplace.

January 23, 2015

Nasir and Matt end the week by talking about businesses based on pranks, including exploding glitter and mailing animal feces.

January 21, 2015

The guys discuss the recent developments in employment law for 2015 and what employers should consider when hiring new employees.

January 19, 2015

Nasir and Matt kick off the week by diving into the topic of partnerships and the important things to remember before forming the partnership.

January 16, 2015

Nasir and Matt end the week by discussing how cat cafes are popping up in cities across the US and the legalities behind how people are pulling it off.

January 14, 2015

Nasir and Matt discuss the company in danger of being sued for having a Chrome plugin that allows students to compare prices of college textbooks from all sources.

January 12, 2015

The guys kick off the week by discussing how an entrepreneur got sued by United and Orbitz for exploiting the hidden city fees in airline tickets.

January 9, 2015

Nasir and Matt talk about expandingemail usage for employees to include non-work purposes. They then answer the question, “How do I get out of a lease? We have been there for years, but our lease is ending in two. We originally signed a guarantee, but we didn’t in our renewal, so I’m willing to possibly…

January 7, 2015

Nasir and Matt talk about the recent motion filed by Uber claiming its drivers are not employees. They then answer the question, “As a business owner in California, what new laws should I know about?”

January 5, 2015

The guys kick off the year by discussing the lengths a college QB has to go through to prevent profitingfrom his name or likeness and remain eligible with the NCAA. They also answer, “I purchased a business and did not realize that there are all these gift certificates out there (I don’t know exactly how…

December 19, 2014

The guys end the week by recapping the story on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a local non-profit thatpaid homeless people with food and shelter to work concessions at games. Then they answer, “How risky is it to discuss my company’s IP with job applicants?”

December 17, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss how signing up for free trials can backfire for consumers and businesses. They also answer the question, “I used to occupy the space next door but I needed less space, so after I left that area the landlord rented out that extra space to someone who offers the same type of…

December 15, 2014

The guys start the week by detailing the story of a Harvard professor who fought with a restaurant over a $4 discrepancy in his bill. They then answer, “At what point can I make my employees clock out but take care of non work activities at the office?”

December 12, 2014

The guys end the week by talking about an international crowdfunding site getting censured by the SEC. They also answer, “I live in California but my LLC is setup in another state. At what point am I doing business in California?”

December 10, 2014

The guys discuss the fallout from alocal San Diego blogger who accused San Diego Magazine of stealing her business name. They then answer the question, “I’m a sole proprietor. What is some good tax advice to reduce my year end profit?”

December 8, 2014

Nasir and Matt start the week by discussing the blatant forms of sexual harassment alleged at Zillow. They also answer “My office is planning on doing a weight loss competition at the beginning of the year. Is this legal?”

December 5, 2014

Nasir and Matt cap off the week by discussing rebranding strategies (pizza related). They then answer the question, “At what point can I file an intent to use trademark?”

December 3, 2014

The guys discuss the racial discrimination filing against the makeup company Sephora. They also answer, “Can I allow my employees to bring their dogs in the office?”

December 1, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the new laws that require fast food restaurants and other sellers to post calorie information. They then answer the question, “One of my employees is consistently late in the winter and always blames weather. Can I fire them for this?”

November 26, 2014

The guys talk about Aereo’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, even after it had won multiple lawsuits. They also answer the special Thanksgiving question, “Can I provide a free Thanksgiving meal to my employees?”

November 24, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the pregnancydiscrimination case against AutoZone that resulted in a $185 million verdict. They also answer, “Can I protect our trade secrets in a confidentiality agreement?”

November 21, 2014

Nasir and Matt close out the week by talking about the Starbucks’ promotion that resulted in untendedbuy one get one free offers. The guys then answer, “Can I have one of my employees also be a contractor for special events?” Here is the image of the coupon and the tweet exchange with Starbucks from@daveraleigh.

November 19, 2014

The guys discuss the recent data breach at the US Postal Service that led to confidential employee information being compromised. They also answer the question, “What do I need to do to my guest room to make it a writeoff for my business?”

November 17, 2014

Nasir and Matt start the week by discussing Ohio State University suing a t-shirt company for trademark infringement and unfair competition after t-shirts were sold with school names, logos, and slogans. They then answer, “Many years ago we bought up a bunch of trademarks for potential names for new product lines. Someone approached us to…

November 14, 2014

The guys end the week by discussing a recent lawsuit in New York involving restaurants being sued by the music industry for playing music. They answer the question, “One of our former employees filed a frivulous lawsuit against us. Our attorney is reluctant tocountersue for malicious prosecution soshould I just forget about it?”

November 12, 2014

The guys talk about the email Nasir received about AmmoToGo.com informing customers of a security breach. They then answer the question, “Every quarter we have to take care of some corporate stuff and many of my employees are required to work on the weekend. Some of the employees have voiced complaints but can I legally…

November 10, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about the COO who left Lyft for Uber and is now being accused of breaching confidentiality agreements and soliciting employees. They then answer, “What is some good advice to avoid copyright infringement issues?”

November 7, 2014

The guys end the week by talking about Chevrolet awarding the World Series MVP a possibly defective truck. Nasir and Matt also answer a pizza related question about Yelp!

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