April 2023–$2,173,173 recovery for 1,259 Charlotte Police Department Class Members – Taylor & Taylor served as lead counsel in Robert Wright, Mark Michalec, and Scott Shipman v. The City of Charlotte, 21-CVS-4063 (Mecklenburg County), a class action arising from weekly payroll deductions of five dollars taken on or after March 16, 2011 from the salaries of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department employees who participated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Voluntary Police Pledge Fund.
The Pledge Fund was commenced following a Charlotte City Council meeting in January 1966, and functioned for many years as a retirement fund and death benefit fund – pursuant to which weekly deductions were used to fund a one time payment to a retired fund participant or beneficiary of fund participant who passed – until fund was ultimately determined to be unsustainable, and deductions terminated by Court Order in Katrina Graue, Jeffrey Estes, Kellie High-Forster, Johnny Jennings, and Michael Burke v. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Voluntary Police Pledge Fund, 19-CVS-13137 (Mecklenburg County) with $174,173.03 held by Wells Fargo in an account of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Voluntary Police Pledge Fund subject to further Court Order.
The Wright action was commenced on March 16, 2021, alleging that the taking of deductions for the Pledge Fund by Charlotte was actionable – initially asserting breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation but ultimately asserting ultra vires action by Charlotte – and preliminarily resolved by mediated settlement agreement on September 7, 2022. Following approval of the settlement by the Charlotte City Council, the settlement was approved by Order, Final Approval of Class Settlement on April 3, 2023, resulting in a gross recovery of $2,173,173.03 for the 1,259 members of the class with $1,999,000 coming from the City of Charlotte and $174,173.03 subject to court control in the Graue action. Further information about the suit and the settlement can be found on the website of Strategic Claims Services (https://www.strategicclaims.net/cityofcharlotte/) or by contacting either Dan Taylor or Winslow Taylor.
January 2023– Winslow Taylor and Dan Taylor have again been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer. Winslow has been recognized for his work in Personal Injury law and Admiralty and Maritime law. Dan has been recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property litigation and Securities litigation. Only 5% of the practicing attorneys in North Carolina are recognized. It is the seventeenth consecutive year Dan has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer.
August 2022– Winslow Taylor and Dan Taylor have again been recognized by Best Lawyers in America. Winslow has again been recognized for Personal Injury Plaintiffs and for his work in Admiralty and Maritime law. Dan has again been recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Defendants. Less than 6% of practicing attorneys in the United States are so recognized.
January 2022– Winslow Taylor has been named a North Carolina Super Lawyer, a recognition achieved by only 5% of all North Carolina lawyers. Dan Taylor was also named a North Carolina Super Lawyer. This is the sixteenth consecutive year that Dan has received this recognition.
January 2022 – Winslow Taylor, in a North Carolina federal court action, represented a swimmer who was struck by the prop of an outboard motorboat near Wilmington, North Carolina. Liability was highly contested. Prior to trial Winslow successfully negotiated a confidential settlement to compensate his client for the permanent disfigurement, pain and suffering his client sustained.
December 2021– Taylor & Taylor has been recognized in the 2022 edition of “Best Law Firms” published by Best Lawyers in America for its work in Securities Litigation (Tier 1) as well as more generally in Commercial Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants. As with the Best Lawyers recognition, the firm’s selection is based on review by peers in the Triad Region of North Carolina. This is the third consecutive year that the firm has received this recognition.
December 2021– Dan Taylor concluded the representation of an irrevocable trust that held shares in a privately owned corporation which was sold to ESOP.
December 2021– Winslow Taylor, co-counsel with Ellis Boyle of Knott & Boyle, settled a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 inmate wrongful death action against the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department for $1,800,000. The action was pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
November 2021– Winslow Taylor represented two individuals who rented a house in the mountains of North Carolina. The rented house featured a zip line for use by renters. Unbeknownst to the renters, the zip line had been improperly installed and maintained. The party riding the defective zip line suffered a broken ankle. Another party, attempting to stop the rider, sprained his hand as a result of his attempt to help the zip line rider. Winslow’s clients obtained settlements of $225,000 and $9000, respectively.
August 2021– Dan Taylor concluded the representation of a national waste services company in a fee and service dispute with a North Carolina municipality.
July 31, 2021– Dan Taylor has been named the Triad’s 2022 Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants by Best Lawyers in America. It is the sixth time Dan has been recognized as a Triad’s Lawyer of the Year, and the second time he has been so recognized for Mass Tort/Class Actions-Defendants.
May 2021– Taylor & Taylor represented Sea Glass, LLC, the owner of a 74′ Power Catamaran yacht which failed to perform as warranted. After substantial negotiations and testing, a settlement was reached which resulted in the exchange of the Power Catamaran for a larger, better equipped mono hull yacht.
March 2021– Winslow Taylor, represented a boat owner in an action pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The boat owner sustained severe injuries when the vessel’s engine room hatch failed. The matter was resolved through a confidential settlement agreement prior to trial with the client recovering for his physical injuries as well as the pain and suffering he experienced.
December 22, 2020 – Winslow Taylor, representing Atlantic Coast Marine Group, was successful in having the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismiss Appellants Richard Hannye and Phoenician Yachts, LTD’s appeal from an order entered by the Honorable Richard E. Myers, II of the Eastern District of North Carolina denying Appellants’ motion to dismiss Atlantic Coast Marine Group’s action to compel arbitration for lack of personal jurisdiction.
December 1, 2020 – Taylor & Taylor has been recognized in the 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms” published by Best Lawyers in America for its work in ERISA Litigation and Securities Litigation (both Tier 1 recognitions), as well as more generally for Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class actions–Defendants. As with the individual Best Lawyers recognition, the firm’s selection is based on review by peers in the Triad Region of North Carolina. This is the second consecutive year that the firm has received this distinguished recognition.
August 5, 2020 – Winslow Taylor has received an “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest possible, from Martindale-Hubbell, a highly regarded information services company serving the legal profession. The designation is reserved for attorneys rated by their peers on ethical standards as well as legal expertise and is awarded to only 10% of attorneys in the United States. Winslow specializes in commercial litigation, plaintiff’s personal injury litigation and maritime law.
July 31, 2020 – Dan Taylor has been named the Triad’s 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Banking & Finance by Best Lawyers of America. He is being recognized for his expertise in Commercial Litigation, ERISA litigation, Intellectual Property litigation and Securities Litigation by Best Lawyers‘ national rankings.
January 1, 2020 – Dan Taylor has once again been named as a North Carolina Super Lawyer recognizing him in the top 5% of all North Carolina lawyers for the fifteenth consecutive year.
November 1, 2019 – Taylor & Taylor has been recognized in the 2020 Edition of “Best Law Firms” published by Best Lawyers in America for its work in ERISA Litigation and Securities Litigation (both Tier 1 recognitions), as well as more generally for Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class actions–Defendants. As with the individual Best Lawyers recognition, the firm’s selection is based on review by peers in the Triad Region of North Carolina.
August 15, 2019 – Dan Taylor has been chosen for the sixteenth consecutive year as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2020. The selection is based on reviews by his peers in the Triad Region of North Carolina. Dan was recognized for his expertise in Commercial Litigation as well as his specific expertise in the areas of Banking and Finance litigation, ERISA litigation, Intellectual Property litigation, Securities litigation and Mass Tort litigations / Class Actions litigation.
January 28, 2019 – Taylor & Taylor Obtains Dismissal with Prejudice of Securities Class Action for Underwriter Clients — Dan Taylor and William J. Sushon of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, New York, New York representing defendants Piper Jaffray & Co, JMP Securities, LLC and Wedbush Securities Inc. in September 2018 obtained a Recommendation by Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake that punitive class action claims brought by plaintiff Victor Miriyala et. al. pursuant to Sections 11, 12(a) and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 10(b)(5) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the defendants be dismissed with prejudice. On January 28, 2019, United States District Judge Catherine C. Eagles accepted the recommendation and the plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed with prejudice.
January 4, 2019 – Salvage Claim & Attorney’s fees Awarded to Taylor & Taylor’s Client— Winslow Taylor, representing Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc., prevailed in a hotly contested maritime salvage claim against California base Dutra Group, Owner of the Dredge, Paula Lee. The 250’, 2095 gross ton dredge barge Paula Lee became disabled in the vicinity of the Beaufort Inlet and in the path of tropical storm Julia on September 15, 2016, when Atlantic Coast Marine Group’s assistance was requested. Following a successful salvage operation, The Dutra Group failed to honor its legal obligations, requiring the filing of a salvage claim. A three-member Boat US arbitration panel awarded Winslow’s client the full amount of damages prayed for, along with interest and attorney’s fees.