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Ultimate Legal Breakdown: Negative Online Reviews [e288]

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June 28th, 2017

Nasir and Matt discuss the life cycle of a negative online review. They talk about how businesses should properly respond, how to determine if the review is defamatory, the options available to seek removal of the review, how to identify anonymous reviewers, whether businesses can require clients to agree not to write negative reviews, and the prospects of suing Yelp, Google, Ripoff Report, or other review sites.

Ultimate Legal Breakdown: Social Media Marketing [e287]

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June 7th, 2017

On this episode of the Ultimate Legal Breakdown, Nasir and Matt break down social media marketing with guests Tyler Sickmeyer and Kyle Weber of Fidelitas Development. They first discuss contests and promotions and talk about where social media promotions can go wrong, when businesses are actually running an illegal lottery, and the importance of a sound terms and conditions. Next, they talk about the recent press release from the FTC to marketing influencers about necessary disclosures in online marketing and how to avoid problems like those that occurred at the Fyre Festival. They wrap things up with a discussion on intellectual property infringement, including issues caused by rogue ex-employees, affiliate relationships, and copyright infringement claims.

Ultimate Legal Breakdown: Subscription Box Businesses [e286]

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April 3rd, 2017

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).

Can Companies Protect Against Foreseeable Misuse of Apps [e285]

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February 1st, 2017

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.

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

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January 5th, 2017

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.

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

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December 22nd, 2016

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.

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

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November 10th, 2016

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.

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

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October 6th, 2016

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.

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

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September 29th, 2016

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.

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