October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October 3, 2016 | Blue Shirt World Day of Bullying Prevention Week of October 10th | Make a New Friend at School Week of October 17th | Stand Up for Others Week of October 24th | Share the Message and STOMP Out Bullying for good! Find out more ways to celebrate online at www.StompOutBullying.org. Each year in October, organizations and individuals speak out against bullying and the cultures and systems that allow it to thrive. As we build awareness and join together, this ongoing problem can be minimized tremendously year over year until it’s finally stopped altogether. With juveniles, bullies are 30% more likely to carry...

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Lithium Battery Product Liability Cases

This month Samsung announced a recall of every Galaxy Note 7 it has produced to date. This recall includes 2.5 million phones. The recalled phone has a battery issue causing it to suddenly combust into flames. Now many of us have begun to see the lawsuits filed against Samsung for injuries due to this recall. With technology constantly evolving so does the lithium battery. It is used in many products we and the public use on a daily basis. And the Galaxy Note 7 is not the only product with a lithium battery issue. Our office is currently working on two different...

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Our Condolences and Support to the Victims of the Laredo Bus Crash

Our Condolences and Support to the Victims of the Laredo Bus Crash   Cowen | Mask | Blanchard Trial Attorneys are quickly beginning work on the bus crash in Laredo, TX, which is now making national news. Our efforts have been swift, as attorney Jody R. Mask represents the husband of Maricela Lopez who was killed in this tragic accident.   What Happened On Saturday May 14, 2016, an OGA Charters, L.L.C. bus transporting patrons from the Rio Grande Valley to a casino in Eagle Pass, Texas, was involved in a horrific crash which caused the bus to roll onto its side. The crash killed...

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MAY GRATITUDE

Celebrating Gratitude Traditionally we think of November and December as months of gratitude, but it’s just as important to be grateful for everything you have year round. At Cowen | Mask | Blanchard Trial Attorneys, we’re always thankful for those that make our professional, personal, and social lives positive. You might wonder why we’re posting this article. The reason we’re doing so is because we believe May is the perfect month to highlight gratitude. There are a few reasons for this, including the fact that May is the opposite end of the year to Thanksgiving and we just love the symmetry of...

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WE HAVE A TURKEY APRON WINNER!

You may or may not have seen our Turkey apron photo contest on Facebook this Thanksgiving. You can check out the pictures here. Our winner of the 2015 photo contest is Judge Daphne Previti Austin. She is the judge for the 289th Juvenile District Court in Bexar County. Along with the prestigious recognition of this highly sought after victory (ok ok, maybe that’s a stretch), we are also donating $500 to the San Antonio Food Bank in her name. The San Antonio Food Bank- a Worthy Cause The mission of the SAFB is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education,...

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COMPARATIVE FAULT IN TEXAS

The circumstances of a dangerous accident are not always cut and dry. Sometimes there are multiple parties who contributed to the same accident. Sometimes even the injury victims themselves are partially at fault for their own injury. When these circumstances present themselves, the courts will turn to Texas' comparative fault law to proceed. Comparative fault allows the court to assign a percentage of the fault to all of the involved parties. This percentage is then used to reduce any of the compensation that's awarded to those parties. To take a closer look at comparative fault, let's use a hypothetical case of two...

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WHY TRUCKING COMPANIES HIRE UNSAFE DRIVERS

In case after case, we see truck drivers with bad driving records cause yet another crash. Given that trucking companies are required by law to check their drivers’ records, I wondered why they would keep hiring unsafe drivers. I did a little digging, and learned the answer was painfully obvious: to make more money. Trucking companies make money by hauling loads. An empty truck makes no money. In fact, an empty truck costs the company money because the company still has to pay insurance, make the truck payment, etc. A typical over-the-road or regional truck generates $800 to $1,000 per day in...

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TAKATA AIRBAG INJURES DRIVER AND LEAVES HER UNABLE TO SPEAK

While driving to work one morning in September, Randi Johnston, 25, was in a 5 car pileup in Salt Lake City resulting in her airbag to deploy. Unfortunately her Takata airbag deployed and released shrapnel, which became stuck in her throat resulting in her inability to speak. Johnston and her family have now filed a lawsuit against Takata Corporation and Honda Motors. They join many other individuals who have filed a lawsuit due to the record-breaking Takata recall. "I remember the sound I made gasping for air and grabbing onto a stranger's shirt for dear life and asking if I was...

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THREE MAJOR CAR MAKERS ISSUE NEW RECALLS

In the last few weeks, three major car makers have issued new, alarming recalls on some of their most popular models. Porsche, Fiat Chrysler, and Honda have all alerted the media and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to newly discovered defects-- all of which could potentially pose a dangerous risk to drivers on the road. PORSCHE FUEL LEAKS As Car and Driver reports, Porsche has recalled 22,000 vehicles due to potential fuel leaks. The only Porsche models named in the recall are the 2015 and 2016 Macan S and Turbo crossover vehicles. The car maker has not yet revealed its plan...

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GM RECALLING 1.4 MILLION VEHICLES OVER OIL LEAK AND FIRE RISK

American car maker General Motors has announced that it will recall 1.4 million cars due to an oil leak and fire risk in some of its models dating back to 1997. The recall marks the third time the car maker has attempted to solve the same issue. According to the Associated Press, GM has admitted that the faulty cars have caused more than 1,300 fires—some of which were in vehicles that had already been serviced by dealers as part of a past recall. The issue resides in a valve cover gasket that, when degraded over time, allows oil to leak into...

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