Vessels of Opportunity Lawsuit filed against BP Oil

(Mobile, Ala.) – The local law firm of Taylor Martino, P.C. has filed the first of many Vessel of Opportunity or “VOO” lawsuits against BP Oil in relation to the oil spill that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion on April 20, 2010. The firm filed its first round of complaints last Friday, November 5, 2010, on behalf of citizens of south Mobile County, who participated in the VOO program. A total of six complaints were filed, with more to follow.

“We are trying to help citizens of our community who provided work for BP in their oil clean up operations and were denied payment by BP. These people were given a job, required to sign a contract, and were not paid in full for their services.” said Edward P. Rowan, an attorney with Taylor Martino. “ All we want is for BP to stand by their contract. Instead, what we see here is a recurring theme in BP’s oil spill payments – an initial payment to ‘calm the waters,’ and then a quiet withdrawal of their obligations.”

The suit arises from fact that BP breached their contract with the vessel owners in the VOO program. The BP contract, entitled “Master Vessel Charter Agreement,” required that the vessels be used exclusively in the VOO program, and could not be used for any other purpose. The contract also required a formal termination called an “Off Hire Dispatch Notification.” Many vessel owners were put on a standby position on or about July 22,2010 due to the supposed threat of Tropical Storm Bonnie.Termination letters were sent to vessel owners several weeks later, in most cases, on or about August 27, 2010. During this time, the vessel owners were still obligated to hold their vessels open pursuant to the terms of the BP contract; likewise, BP was obligated to continue to pay under the same contract. VOO participants are entitled to be compensated for the charter of their vessels from the time that they were put on standby, until they were provided the requisite “Off Hire Dispatch Notification.”

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The law firm of Taylor Martino will continue to pursue these claims for all participants of the VOO program that were not properly compensated. Please contact a personal injury attorney at Taylor Martino regarding the Vessels Of Opportunity Lawsuit.


Pascagoula man awarded $2.3M settlement

Pascagoula, Mississippi — A 52-year-old Pascagoula man who was in a collision with a Laurel trucker in Gautier in 2004 was awarded $2.3 million as a settlement from G.B. “Boots” Smith Corp.

According to court records, on March 3, 2004, at 1 p.m. Robert Reynolds was driving a fully loaded dump truck north on Gautier-Vancleave Road, just before the Interstate 10 overpass. Reynolds worked for Mallette Brother’s Construction in Vancleave at the time. A 74-foot long, 22-wheel truck and trailer pulled across both northbound lanes and caused a collision, court records reflect.
“That crash resulted in the collapsed the driver’s side cab of the dump truck, pinning him inside,” said Richard Taylor, Reynold’s attorney who is based in Mobile.
“Mr. Reynolds was rescued by Gautier Fire Department paramedics using the Jaws of Life,” Taylor said. “In and out of consciousness, he was transported to Ocean Springs Hospital for initial treatment of many serious and painful injuries.”
Taylor said, “Six years and multiple operations later, Mr. Reynolds’ case against the J.B. ‘Boots’ Smith Corp. of Laurel was settled in June through a Gulfport arbitration for $2.3 million dollars. He’s already received the money.”
Reynolds was awarded lost wages, medical expenses and funds for permanent disability, according to court records. “His injuries were painful to the point he’s had 22 spinal taps to block the pain,” Taylor said. “All examining physicians agreed that he could no longer be employed as a truck driver and could only work in jobs considered sedentary. This disability was considered to be permanent. In addition, Mr. Reynolds will require at least one knee replacement surgery in the future. Mr. Reynolds’ life had been altered negatively and permanently.”
Taylor said before the crash Reynold’s wife was attending to nursing school.
“They have three children at home,” Taylor said. “He was the primary bread earner. She had to quit nursing school to take care of him and had to work cleaning houses. To make it worse, the family lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and had to relocate to Mobile. Finally, after six years long years “G.B. “Boots” Smith Corp.” must pay as there is no right of appeal.”


Taylor Martino Supports Mobile Ronald McDonald House

Taylor Martino Supports Mobile Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House is growing in leaps and bounds thanks to the generous support of our community and local businesses such as Taylor Martino, P.C. that have made it possible. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile opened its doors in January of 2000. Little did we know that in less than 10 years we would literally be busting at the seams. The House operates at over 100% occupancy utilizing our teen room, work out room and the weekend relief manager’s room when possible. The waiting list at the House always stays in the double digits. We are thrilled to announce that we are expanding our Home from 12 to 38 guest rooms. Construction should be complete by the end of November 2010 and our long waiting list should disappear.

Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with sick or injured children that are being treated in area hospitals. The two things that every family has in common at Ronald McDonald House is that they all have a child being treated in an area hospital and they all live at least 25 miles from the hospital in which the child is being treated. The cost to stay at Ronald McDonald House is $12 a night but no family is ever turned away for inability to pay. To get more information or find out different ways you can help please call Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873 (my house).

Taylor Martino supports Mobile Ronald McDonald HousePresenting a check from Taylor Martino, P.C. to Al Tenhundfeld (center) former Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile are Edward Rowan, Richard Taylor, Steve Martino and Lloyd Copeland. Taylor Martino, P.C. is naming a room in the expansion currently underway at Ronald McDonald House.


Help Taylor Martino Fight Breast Cancer


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

American Cancer Society & Taylor Martino

Mobile, Alabama On behalf of the family here at Taylor Martino, we would like to show our appreciation and support to the American Cancer society. If it were not for this organization’s honorable doings, research for cancer would be miles behind. On October, 30th, we will be joining forces with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In addition to being a route sponsor we will be continuously raising and accepting contributions to help further our support. We are taking up with American Cancer Society in Making Strides toward a world with more birthdays because we feel that if we can reach one more person, then our job has been done. The following sponsors have joined up with us. We are taking additional sponsors to help us raise the money. We hope to reach our goal and possibly surpass it with flying colors. See the following ways below to see how your donation can help us succeed in our quest for a cure.

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Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit

The April 20 oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon has worsened. An estimated 5,000 barrels a day are leaking into the Gulf and headed for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. If you feel that your business or livelihood has been affected by this disaster. The lawyers of Taylor Martino plan to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all those affected by the spill. Taylor Martino provides aggressive, effective legal representation in courtrooms throughout the Gulf Coast region. Please contact us for more information.

Officials report that 210,000 gallons of oil are spilling per day. It is estimated that it will take 90 days to contain this spill. At this rate, the spillage will total 18.9 million gallons of oil – nearly twice as much as the Exxon Valdez spill.

Despite the extensive cleanup attempts following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, a study conducted by NOAA determined that as of early 2007 more than 26 thousand gallons of oil remain in the sandy soil of the contaminated shoreline, declining at a rate of less than 4% per year.

Almost 20 years after Exxon Valdez spill, a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina found that the effects are lasting far longer than expected. The team estimates some shoreline Arctic habitats may take up to 30 years to recover.

The Gulf of Mexico accounts for 40 percent of the seafood that is caught in the lower 48 states and consumed domestically.

With a total annual economic impact of $116 billion on the economy, fishing supports 1.1 million jobs and generates $30 billion in wages and $7.3 billion in tax revenues each year.

US landings of shrimp were valued at $442 million in 2008 up 2 percent from the previous year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Services.

Tourists spent $2.3 billion on Alabama’s beaches in 2008, supporting 41,000 workers, according to the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.


A recent study concluded that powdered infant formula can cause serious illness or death in infants. The infants are typically diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia. These illnesses can often lead to brain damage or death. Powdered infant formula can be contaminated with harmful bacteria during the manufacturing process or contaminated if not handled properly. Doctors often diagnose the illness as Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis, or Bacteraemia. These illnesses can be caused by the bacteria E. Sakazakii.

Over the past 40 years there have only been 50 reported cases of people affected with E. Sakazakii, but there is evidence to suggest that many cases go unreported. Most of the reported cases have been infants with the death rate being between 33% and 50%. Infants that do survive usually suffer permanent brain damage.

E. Sakazakii can be found in the environment, but scientific studies have linked the infection in infants to powdered infant formulas. Powdered infant formulas are not sterile and can become contaminated with high amounts of E. Sakazakii during the manufacturing process, or by improper preparation, dilution, storage, or hygiene.

Research has concluded that infants most at risk for becoming infected are those with low birth weights or less than two months old. This condition also suggests that infected infants may be lacking sufficient colonization of the gastrointestinal tract with normal bacterial flora to compete with the opportunistic pathogen, E. sakazakii. Similarly, in the adult cases, most had underlying diseases that could have increased their chances of being infected with E. sakazakii.

Infants that are infected by E. sakazakii show the following symptoms: poor feeding response, irritability, jaundice, grunting respirations, and instability of body temperature. As the infection progresses infants will being to suffer from severe neurological impairment, Ventriculitis, brain cysts and abscesses, cerebral infarction, and hydrocephalus.

If your infant has been diagnosed with Meningitis, Salmonella, Sepsis or Bacteraemia or your infant has been infected with E. sakazakii please click here to contact us.



Joseph Toomey and his mother are suing General Motors, Mobile County, Prichard and others for an unspecified amount of money as a result of the November 2007 crash that left the 17-year-old Satsuma High School football star paralyzed.

Toomey, 16, at the time, was driving a 1999 GMC Jimmy that overturned on Kushla McLeod Road in Prichard. The roof caved in, breaking the teenager’s neck and leaving him a quadriplegic, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit says in part that GM was negligent because the roof collapsed, and the seat belt Toomey was wearing allowed too much body movement. It says the county and Prichard were negligent because a sign that had warned of the curve where the crash occurred was hanging upside down the night of the crash, thus pointing in the opposite direction of the curve.

Richard Taylor, attorney for the Toomey family, said Toomey was obeying the speed limit and had not consumed any alcohol prior to the crash. Taylor said the truck was going 25 to 30 mph when the accident occurred.

Richard H. Taylor, Esq.
455 St. Louis Street Suite 2100
Mobile, Alabama 36602

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