Mc-OO attorney withdraws from wrongful termination oil cleanup suit

David Yates Apr. 26, 2012, 2:52am

The attorney for defendant Mc-OO recently withdrew as counsel from a suit filed by three gulf oil cleanup workers claiming they were fired for refusing to disobey federal guidelines.

As previously reported, plaintiffs Steve Clayton, Roger Dowers and Dewey Woods filed suit against USA Environment, Trim Safety Solutions and MC-OO on Dec. 2, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court.

Gilbert T. Adams III, attorney for the Beaumont Law Offices of Gilbert T. Adams, filed the motion to withdraw as counsel for Mc-OO on March 7, citing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case as the reason for his withdraw, court papers say.

Two days later, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, granted the motion.

Court records show USA Environment contracted with MC-OO to work on the Gulf Coast clean up of oil from the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig.

In order to assist in the cleanup, the Occupational Safety and Health Association requires companies to complete its Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response program.

The plaintiffs claim they were fired for refusing to perform the work without the federally required training, court papers say.

According to the plaintiffs' suit, MC-OO did not want to spend the money or waste the time to have its employees trained and certified. Wyman Ogden, owner of MC-OO, obtained false certificates of completion for his employees from Allen Trim, owner of Trim Safety.

The terminated employees are suing for exemplary damages and seek to recover back and future pay.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Anthony Malley III of the Beaumont law firm Moore Landrey.

Case No. E188-910

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