Natural Gas Pipeline Inspectors Lose Cert. Bid In OT Fight

Law360, New York (March 28, 2017, 3:54 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge has refused to certify a proposed class of natural gas pipeline inspectors for Gulf Interstate Field Services Inc. in a Fair Labor Standards Act overtime suit, finding that the named workers in the suit aren’t similarly situated.

U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann on Friday denied a bid for certification of a nationwide collective action and a class on behalf of class members who alleged that the company paid them a day rate with no accounting for the overtime they worked. Judge Brann said numerous features of the case are fatal to the class’s success, including that...

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