Offshore Rig Ruling Checks State Claims At Shore

Law360 (June 19, 2019, 6:24 PM EDT) -- On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that, under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, federal wage-and-hour laws — rather than state laws — exclusively apply to workers on offshore oil platforms.[1] The ruling, which resolved a split between the Fifth and Ninth Circuits on how to interpret the OCSLA, represents an important win for companies with operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.


Brian Newton worked as a roustabout and painter for Parker Drilling Management Services Ltd. on Parker’s platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, off the coast of California on the OCS. Newton worked 14-day shifts, consisting...

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