Schlumberger Unit Reaches $7M Deal In 'Mud Men's' OT Suit

Law360, San Francisco (December 22, 2016, 7:04 PM EST) -- A putative class of drilling fluid specialists known as "mud men" has reached a $7 million settlement in its wage and hour suit against M-I LLC, a subsidiary of oilfield services giant Schlumberger Ltd., according to papers filed in California federal court Thursday.

The deal marks a possible end to the suit filed in October 2012 by former mud engineers Sarmad Syed and Ashley Balfour, who worked in M-I's drilling operations in Bakersfield, Calif. They claimed M-I required them to work either 12-hour shifts daily for two weeks before leaving their work sites, or work 24-hour shifts in which they were always on-call....

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