TAKATA TO PAY $1 BILLION IN PENALTIES

In recent weeks, Takata has started to deal with the legal ramifications of their airbag recall, the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Three former executives (Shinichi Tanaka, Hideo Nakajima, and Tsuneo Chikaraishi) at Takata have now been indicted due to the recall, the company has plead guilty to criminal charges, and they will be paying $1 billion dollars in fines and restitution. So where does this $1 billion dollar fine go? Here is the breakdown: $850 million will go to the automakers who have had to recall cars to replace the airbags. $125 million will be used to compensate the victims who...

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5 Great Interview Questions…

Businesses usually don’t hire during the holidays, but in the beginning of the year the job market picks back up. The following five questions could help both employer and applicant have a successful interview. 1.) How do you determine what your top priorities are for the day or for the week? – In the legal industry we are often deadline driven and have to trust our staff to manage their time wisely. The answer to this question helps us understand the thought process a potential new employee goes through in deciding what takes precedence. 2.) Tell me about a time when you...

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Women in Law

A lot has changed in the legal industry for women in the past 10 years. But have you ever wondered just how much it has changed? According to the American Bar Association, back in 2006 women represented only 30.2% of the legal profession. But as of May 2016, women now represent 36% of the legal profession! In Texas women made up 30% of the state bar in 2005, then in 2015 this number increased to 35%. That is a 47% change from only 23,226 female attorneys in 2005 to 34,112 in 2015. So what can we expect from the future of women in...

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Focus Groups 101

Our office firmly believes in the benefits of using a focus group and we do this on a monthly basis for our cases. We are often asked by other attorneys about how to conduct focus groups, so here are three things to consider if you are interested in conducting your own. 1.) Determine the purpose of your focus group – Focus groups are great to use in a variety of ways. You could use a focus group to determine the value of a case. You could use a focus group to practice an opening statement. Maybe you use a focus group...

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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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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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