High Court Skeptical Calif. Law Applies To Oil Rig Labor Row

Law360 (April 16, 2019, 7:47 PM EDT) -- An offshore drilling worker tried to convince skeptical U.S. Supreme Court justices Tuesday that applying California state labor law to an offshore oil rig would not make language in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act pointless.

Justice Elena Kagan asked why Congress put into the OCSLA "an awful lot of stuff" if it wanted to create a set of rules offshore that mimicked how regular federal preemption rules worked in California.

David C. Frederick of Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick, who argued the case for worker Brian Newton, said that the OCSLA did not prevent California's labor law from applying...

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