Marketing Nugget | Online Authority

With a growing number of people using the internet to search for almost anything, marketing has become essential for all businesses, including law firms. As competition increases, whichever firm has successfully presented themselves online will likely garner the most business. Be Found  When someone is looking for an attorney, it’s typically because they have an urgent need. These days, people take to the internet, at all times of day, to seek assistance. From their fingertips they can search firms, read reviews, check social networks and get a feel for your business. It’s important your firm has a consistent and cohesive online presence....

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Navistar to Build New Truck Plant in San Antonio

United States truck maker Navistar International Corp. announced it will build a manufacturing facility for Classes 6-8 trucks in San Antonio, Texas. The company will invest more than $250 million to create a new and more efficient truck plant. This new plant intends to add to Navistar’s recently announced plan to invest $125 million in its Huntsville, Alabama engine plant. Navistar will need a large network of suppliers to help serve the plant to make three different sized trucks. They hope to make Class 6, Class 7, and Class 8 trucks (8 being the largest truck, often carrying goods along the...

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ATA President Announces New Subcommittee to Address Legalized Recreational Marijuana

American Trucking Associations President and CEO, Chris Spear, recently spoke about what he believes will shape a positive future for the industry. At the ATA’s 86th Management Conference & Exhibition, Spear reminded the audience that “trucking employment now exceeds 7.8 million people” and how “trucks move more than 71% of the domestic freight.” And this also means trucking is a large part of our economy, which is why “the security of this country relies on trucks and the people who drive them.” But with every industry there are hurdles and Spear addressed some of the challenges in the industry from driver shortage,...

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Survey Says

For the past four months our office has started hosting Lunch & Learns for our team on Fridays. They were created so our team could learn about the ins and outs of every department at Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock. Whether it is one of our attorneys presenting, or our intake team talking about what they do, we all get together to have lunch and learn more about how every role in our office helps our team be successful. We recently conducted a firm-wide survey to see how everyone felt about the lunches (along with other questions about how our employees...

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The Bubble

A start-up named The Seabubbles has created a solution for contributing less pollution in the city of Paris. The creation is called “The Bubble,” which is a flying taxi powered by electricity. Media around the country have been discussing this new transportation solution, which takes 35 minutes to charge and has a 2-hour battery life. So how does this “flying taxi” work? The Bubble lifts out of the water on wings and makes no noise and no waves. It does not emit CO2, which wins the approval of French transport officials looking to endow the capital with new clean transport options...

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Amazon Next-Day Delivery Dangers

Amazon is the biggest retailer on the planet with customers in 180 countries. It has disrupted numerous industries and dominated the e-commerce market. But it’s a recent news article after a yearlong investigation, that has shed light on how their next-day delivery has created unsafe conditions on the road and how Amazon is able to walk away from any liability. Amazon's next-day delivery has not only encouraged, but catapulted, the wants and needs of individuals who expect instant gratification. You’re out of your favorite cookies, you forgot to buy a birthday gift, your office needs more legal notepads, the list goes...

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Section 18.001 Affidavits and Hospital Liens

On September 1, 2019, a major change to Chapter 18.001 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code goes into effect with long-lasting ramifications for Texas attorneys and their clients. Chapter 18.001 outlines deadlines for serving affidavits and counter-affidavits concerning reasonableness of charges for and necessity of medical services. For attorneys offering an affidavit, the language of the new statute requires the party serve a copy of the affidavit by the earlier of: 90 days of the date the Defendant files an answer OR, The date the offering party must designate any expert witness pursuant to either a Court issued scheduling order...

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FMCSA Crash Fault in Carrier Scores

As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is making plans to remove certain types of crashes from a carriers’ score. FMCSA is scheduled to share their plan soon and will then allow comments for 60 days. If the rule is made final it would begin on October 1, 2019. The rule allows carriers, including owner-operators, the ability to dispute 15 types of crashes and have the associated points in the disputed crash removed from their Crash Indicator BASIC percentile ranking (which is essentially their “score”) in this category....

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Open With Empathy: Walking In Your Client’s Shoes

As attorneys, we are surrounded by the legal industry day in and day out. Clients, on the other hand, are new to this world. In order to understand them, attorneys have to step into their shoes, their lives, and their experiences. Understanding a client's wants and needs, as well as developing rapport, are vital steps when taking on a case. In Episode 35 of Trial Lawyer Nation, Michael sits down with R. Rex Parris and discusses cognitive science and the art of juror persuasion. This episode is our #1 most listened to podcast episode for our show with over 2,500 downloads!...

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Uber Freight: Simplifying the Entire Booking Process

Since September of 2018, Uber Technologies has been testing Uber Freight in the Texas Triangle area for van and refrigerator deliveries. In June of 2019 the full truck-load freight brokerage announced their nationwide roll out. Their goal is to help owner-operator shipping carriers book loads more easily. Its purpose is to simplify the entire booking process. All you have to do is log in to your account, enter your pick-up and drop off information, and then you receive an instant quote. If you like the quoted rate, you can book the shipment. This platform matches commercial shippers with truck drivers looking...

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