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St. Thomas Woman Fires Her Attorney Because She Can’t Afford To Pay Her

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Billye J. Mayo of St. Thomas

PHILADELPHIA – The defense counsel for a Virgin Islands woman named in a negligence lawsuit has motioned to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to withdraw her appearance, according to court records.

Pearlette V. Toussant filed her withdrawal motion on July 13, stating defendant Billye J. Mayo, a resident of St. Thomas, no longer wanted legal representation in this matter for “financial and other reasons.”

Mayo apparently couldn’t make a payment to her attorney for legal fees, and requested Toussant withdraw from the case, though Mayo further requested copies of all pertinent documents in this proceeding to be forwarded to her post office box in St. Thomas.

As there were no outstanding motions to compel discovery or sanctions for failure to provide discovery responses, Toussant felt the Court should grant her motion. A hearing in this matter was scheduled for Thursday in Court chambers at Philadelphia City Hall.

Philadelphia resident Esther Thomas filed suit against Mayo and the City of Philadelphia’s Risk Management Department’s Claims Unit in March, in connection with a fall she suffered more than two years ago.

On April 5, 2013, Thomas was walking on a sidewalk located near 3128 Haverford Avenue and 32nd Street in Philadelphia, when a break or unevenness in the pavement caused her to fall and injure herself. Thomas alleges negligence on the part of Mayo and the City in not inspecting, maintaining or repairing the premises led to the accident.

Thomas allegedly suffered head trauma, left knee bruising, cervical, right wrist and left knee sprains and strains, right hand pain and other injuries.

On her Facebook page, Mayo is seen posing with disco queen Patti LaBelle, famous for the song “Lady Marmalade.”

Thomas is seeking a sum not in excess of $50,000, plus interest and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Marshall D. Bleefeld of Rosen, Moss, Snyder & Bleefeld, in Jenkintown.

The defendants are also represented by Amanda Justine Dougherty, in Philadelphia.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Drucille Stafford
    November 4, 2019 at 8:48 AM — Reply

    I missed this part of the story. Dru

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